Types of Facelifts – Choose the Right Face Lift for You

Types of Facelift – Choose the Right Face Lift for You

As time goes by, the face undergoes natural transformations in its appearance and structure. The skin may experience a decrease in elasticity, making it less prone to snapping back quickly.

Age-related changes can be effectively addressed with a face-lift or Rhytidectomy.

  1. The cheeks may appear to be sagging.
  2. Loose skin around the lower jawline
  3. Prominent skin folds extending from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth
  4. Addressing sagging skin and excess fat in the neck (if the procedure includes a neck lift)


What is Face Lift?


Dr. Anmol Chugh, a Board-Certified plastic surgeon in India and leading plastic surgeon consultant at CK Birla Hospital, said, A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical treatment that is intended to rejuvenate the face and neck by treating sagging or loose skin, wrinkles, and other skin imperfections that are associated with ageing. Through the process of tightening the skin and the tissues that lie beneath it, the primary objective of a facelift is to provide a more youthful appearance.


Types of Facelift Procedures You Need to Know


  • While a facelift can produce significant and long-lasting results, it does involve surgery and some recovery time.
  • According to Dr Chugh, there are several types of facelift procedures, each designed to address specific areas of the face and achieve best results
  • The choice of the facelift technique depends on the patient’s individual goals, the extent of facial aging, and the surgeon’s expertise.

Here are some common types of facelifts:


Traditional Facelift (SMAS Facelift):


This facelift is widely recognised and frequently performed. This procedure requires carefully manipulating both the skin and the underlying Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) to achieve the desired results. The SMAS facelift effectively targets sagging in the midface, jowls, and neck.

Mini Facelift (S-Lift or Short Scar Facelift):


The mini facelift offers a less invasive alternative to the traditional facelift procedure. It specialises in enhancing the lower face, jawline, and neck. This procedure usually involves smaller incisions, which can lead to a quicker recovery period in comparison to a full facelift.




This procedure focuses on the central area of the face, targeting sagging in the cheeks and nasolabial folds. This procedure entails the elevation and rearrangement of the tissues in the cheek region.


Deep Plane Facelift:


This method focuses on modifying the underlying facial tissues, particularly the deep musculoaponeurotic system. This procedure is known for its advanced techniques and its ability to deliver results that last longer than those of a traditional facelift.


SMASectomy Facelift:


In this variation, a section of the SMAS tissue is eliminated instead of being repositioned. It may be a viable option for specific patients, contingent upon the surgeon’s methodology.


Thread Lift:


This procedure offers a non-invasive option that utilises threads or sutures to effectively lift and firm the skin. Although the procedure is less invasive, the outcomes typically do not have the same long-term effects as surgical facelifts.

Composite Facelift:


This procedure targets both the SMAS and deeper tissues, in addition to the skin. Our goal is to offer a complete facial rejuvenation experience.


Endoscopic Facelift:


This technique utilises an endoscope, a small camera, and smaller incisions to gently lift and tighten tissues in a minimally invasive manner. It is commonly employed to target the upper face and brow region.


Final word from Dr Anmol Chugh


Individuals who are contemplating a facelift should seek the advice of an experienced plastic surgeon who is board-certified in the field immediately.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I first evaluate the patient’s particular concerns and objectives and then make a recommendation regarding the facelift technique that is best suited for the patient’s particular circumstances.