A facelift is unquestionably the gold-standard in anti-ageing treatments, revered for its ability to dramatically improve the signs of facial ageing and instantly wipe away the years. However, not all facelift procedures are the same.
Here we take a look at the key differences between the various facelift procedures and other facial makeover treatments.
Who it’s suitable for: A traditional facelift is intended for patients with more advanced loose or sagging facial and neck skin. Generally, a traditional facelift will only be performed when a suture face lift or other non-surgical alternative treatments may not be suitable.
How it works: During the procedure, an incision is made in front of and behind the ears any excess skin is removed. The incision is then closed using sutures, producing a lifting and tightening effect.
Recovery: Most patients will experience pain behind the ears within the first 24 to 48 hours following the procedure. A full recovery following a traditional facelift generally takes longer than other facelift methods, with a typical recovery period lasting between 2-4 weeks.
Result: A traditional facelift will significantly lift and tighten the facial features, however it will leave some scarring around the ears and hairline which should fade over time. The result should be noticeable for many years (often up to 10 years).
Cost: A traditional facelift procedure at ME Clinic starts from $14,500.
Suture Lift (also known as APTOS, stitch lift, skin stitch, feather lift or Hollywood lift)
Who it’s suitable for: A suture lift is suitable for patients who want to achieve a more youthful facial and neck appearance without the need to remove excess skin.
How it works: Fine threads are inserted under the skin and attached to the underlying facial muscle tissue. The threads are then tightened to reposition loose or droopy skin and anchored within the hairline or behind the ears where they’re not visible.
Recovery: Suture lifts offer a much faster recovery than a traditional facelift with only minimal downtime required. It is common to feel some pain behind the ears within the first 24 hours following the procedure which can usually be easily managed with painkillers.
Result: As the procedure doesn’t involve any incisions, a suture lift will achieve a scar-free result that usually lasts between 1-3 years.
Cost: A suture facelift procedure at ME Clinic starts from $6,500.
Silhouette Soft® Thread Lift
Who it’s suitable for: Patients with good skin quality looking for a non-surgical minimally-invasive treatment to tighten skin around the face and neck. It is usually suitable for patients between the ages of 35 to 65.
How it works: A Silhouette Soft® thread lift works in a similar way to a suture lift with one key difference—it uses a unique and innovative superior thread which features cone technology which minimises scar tissue and more effectively lifts facial tissue. The threads are also primarily made from Polylactic Acid (PLLA), which when gradually absorbed by the body, stimulates the production of collagen to produce a double-action long-term result. It is a quick procedure that can be performed in-clinic in as little as 30 minutes.
Recovery: It’s common to experience some mild swelling after the procedure which usually lasts around 2-3 days. Patients may also notice some mild bruising or slight depressions at the thread entry points which should disappear a few days after treatment.
Result: As no incisions are required, the result is entirely free of scars. The effects are usually noticeable for around two years.
Cost: A Silhouette Soft® thread lift procedure at ME Clinic starts from $3,700.
Other Full Face Makeover Treatments
Some patients opt for a combination of facial treatments to produce a full face makeover and achieve the best possible result.
Some treatments which can be combined to achieve a full face makeover include:
- Fat transfer: Also known as lipo-augmentation, autologous fat transplantation or micro-lipoinjection, a fat transfer to face treatment works in a similar way to dermal fillers with results that can last a lifetime. The procedure works by removing fat from the patients’ own body by liposuction, then re-injecting it into specific areas of the face to restore volume and lift sagging skin.
Fat transfer to face treatments at ME Clinic start from $4,900.
- Chin and neck liposuction: Chin and neck liposuction can be performed to remove excess fat under the chin or on the jowls and neck to produce an improved contour and profile. Chin and neck liposuction is also often combined with laser skin treatment to tighten loose skin around the neck.
Chin and neck liposuction at Me Clinic starts from $4,150.
- Neck lift: A neck lift can tighten and lift sagging neck skin to produce a smoother, more youthful neck region. Depending on the individual requirements of the patient, a range of neck lift techniques can be used to achieve the desired result.
Neck lift procedures at ME Clinic start from $6,500.
- Forehead and brow lift: A forehead and brow lift can be effective at lifting forehead tissue and smoothing out sagging skin and wrinkles and elevating droopy eyebrows. A range of techniques can be used to achieve the desired result.
Forehead and brow lift procedures at ME Clinic start from $8,900.
To find out more about the various facelift procedures and obtain a personalised assessment of the most suitable treatment options for your condition, simply book a consultation with a ME Clinic surgeon.