What are the Different Types of Facelifts?

Facelifts are a great way to improve signs of aging by giving your face a new, youthful look. There are so many different types, surgical and non-surgical alike, and sometimes it can be hard to choose which one is the right one for you. Is your face better suited for an injection, or would it be better for you to do something a little more invasive?

Do you want something done on your full face or just something like lip filler? If you are wondering which one could be the right fit for you, read on as we look at four of the most popular facelifts in the business.

Liquid Facelift

Liquid facelifts use injections, such as Botox or Juvéderm, to make skin appear smoother or add volume. The injected serums usually contain collagen or hyaluronic acid, which stimulates collagen production and promotes skin elasticity. Think of it as a below-the-skin moisturizer that works practically instantly. This procedure is extremely popular because it is quick and easy. This procedure yields minimal recovery time, and the effects are very natural looking.

Mini Facelifts

Mini facelifts are not as invasive as traditional facelifts and address the lower face and neck. It is a surgical technique that uses small incisions under the hairline so your skin can be tightened and smoothed out while removing unnecessary tissue. This procedure reduces the appearance of jowls, making them disappear completely. The recovery process usually takes one to three weeks, and your skin will look brand new when you take care of it properly.


Mid-facelifts focus on the mid-portion of your face, as the name suggests. Fat around your cheeks will be reduced and your skin will tighten in a way that looks youthful and natural. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will not use implants during this procedure; instead, the doctor will only use excess tissue from your face to lift your cheekbone area. Recovery from this procedure may take several months, but most people are sure to see full results within 2 to 3 months.

Deep Plane Facelift

Deep Plane Facelifts target the muscular layer of your face (SMAS), the layer of fat, and the skin. This procedure can treat multiple facial areas of your choice at once. Its purpose is to eliminate the look of sagging skin to bring youth back to the face. Smile and frown lines can be greatly reduced in this process. The recovery tie for this procedure usually will take three weeks.

Which Facelift Reigns Supreme?

The type of cosmetic surgery facelift that is best for your aesthetic goals will be discussed with you in detail at your initial consultation. The incisions for facelifts are made just in front of the ear and wrap around the back of the ear, hidden within the hairline and concealing facelift scars. A facelift typically takes about three to five hours to complete, is performed under intravenous sedation, and does not require general anesthesia.

Recovering From a Facelift

The day after the facelift, your board-certified plastic surgeon will remove the dressings. The amount of swelling that you encounter will vary; further, the process should resolve within a week or two, allowing you to resume most normal activities. The few obvious signs of your facelift procedure will generally clear up after three weeks. The best facelift results are seen in patients who have good skin elasticity and who do not smoke.

Facelift Procedures at Personal Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about variations of cosmetic facelifts available at Personal Plastic Surgery, schedule an initial consultation with our team. During this meeting, you will learn if you are a prime candidate for a facelift or other cosmetic procedures. Dial (973) 324-9455 to take advantage of our three decades of expertise and commitment to providing every patient with personalized and compassionate care.