Facelift Frequently Asked Questions
Most patients are not aware that there are many different ways in which a facelift can be performed. It was not too long ago when surgeons would perform facelifts by cutting out a portion of the skin and tightly sewing it back together. Unfortunately, this resulted in an unnatural “pulled” appearance, sometime called a “windswept” look.
Modern techniques focus on repositioning the deeper facial tissue. This deeper tissue is called the SMAS, sometimes referred to as the “muscle layer.” Modern techniques vary based upon where and how the SMAS is treated. Newer techniques of performing facelifts in a deeper plane insure a nonsurgical natural appearance to the face. These techniques may also provide greater longevity than traditional facelift surgery.
Extended SMAS – Facelift In this technique, the SMAS is lifted closest to the jowel and sagging tissues. The sagging ligaments of the jowel are restored to their more youthful positions. This ensures the most effective facelift results possible. Dr. Steiger performs his SMAS lift in an almost vertical direction in order to produce a natural appearance.
Deep Plane Facelift – This lift is similar to the extended SMAS facelift, but also includes elevation of the cheek fat (mid-face). The Deep Plane Facelift is the most comprehensive Facelift technique for repositioning the deep facial muscles and ligaments back to their more youthful position. The Deep Plane Facelift lifts all of the major facial retaining ligaments up to their more youthful positions. This addresses the cheek, neck, and the jowl. This is of the most effective facelift techniques for achieving natural appearing and long lasting results.
Vertical Facelift – The vertical lift is a revolutionary face lift technique where the deep tissue is elevated in a straight vertical direction.
Click on this facelift results video to see a detailed explanation of before and after photos of a deep plane facelift surgery.
Dr. Jacob D Steiger MD is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery. He practices in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, Florida treating patients from Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, as well as patients from all over the US and from around the world.