What is the Best Facelift in Australia?
At my practice in Bondi Junction, we use everything at our disposal to ensure that we provide the two faceliftbenefits patients value most: more natural-looking results and less visible scarring. Happily, this facial rejuvenation treatment has improved dramatically through the decades, thanks to major advancements in the tools and techniques of cosmetic surgery.
In this post, I’ll give you a brief overview of different facelift procedures and explain why I believe a Deep Plane Facelift is the gold standard for achieving unsurpassed results.
Differences among Facelift Techniques for Anti-Ageing
Facelift is an umbrella term describingseveral procedures that rejuvenate the face and neck where visible signs of ageing tend to first appear.
- Endoscopic Facelift – Endoscopic surgery for facial rejuvenation involves the use of a tiny camera that allows a surgeon to see a patient’s internal facial structures on a monitor. The results are inferior to other approaches, and neck lifts, a key element to facial rejuvenation, cannot be performed endoscopically.
- Midface (Cheek) Facelift – Mid-face lifts improve sagging cheeks and lines that run from the nose to the mouth. Incisions are made at the hairline and inside the mouth so the surgeon may lift and reposition the natural fatty layer over the patient’s cheekbones.
- Short Scar Facelift – As the name suggests, these lifts result in shorter scars. In the S-Lift, the surgeon makes an S-shaped incision at the temple or in front of the ear. In the MACS lift, the incision stops at the ear lobe. These procedures are best for younger patients when there is minimal to moderate excess skin to be lifted.
- Skin Only Facelift – In the early days of facelift surgery, surgeons used what was known as the “skin-only” technique. They literally pulled the skin back, making it look smooth, but also stretched and artificial. With no scaffolding to support the skin in its new higher position, the skin inevitably fell back, requiring additional surgeries.
- SMAS Facelift (Superficial MusculoAponeurotic System) – Unlike older facelift techniques, SMAS affects superficial top layers of the skin, as well as the deeper tissues of the face and neck. It is the basis of the Deep Plane Facelift, which I’ll discuss further in a moment.
- Stem Cell Facelift – Contrary to what the name suggests, this is not actually a facelift procedure. A series of fat injections are used to add volume and contour the face. The fat is harvested from the patient’s body via liposuction.
- Thread Facelift – This minimally invasive procedure uses tiny suture barbs that act as hooks, gathering skin layers upward to tighten them. It has gone out of fashion as a stand-alone procedure, but may be used in younger patients in combination with other treatments for extra tissue support.
- Weekend Facelift/Mini Lift – A mini facelift is appropriate for people who are just beginning to experience the first signs of ageing but do not want to wait to undergo more intensive surgery. Because the cosmetic problems targeted are relatively minor, the incisions can be quite small.
Dr George Marcells Recommends the Deep Plane Facelift
The Deep Plane Facelift is a modification of a standard SMAS facelift. In this procedure I can do direct lifting of the malar fat pad in the cheek along with surrounding tissues. This provides a more comprehensive treatment for facial sagging and skin laxity, it is suitable for younger people as well as much older candidates than is possible with SMAS or other techniques.
In my experience, theDeep Plane Facelift is the best facial rejuvenation surgery because it:
- Lifts the whole face
- Accentuates the neck, jawline, and cheekbones
- More effectively lifts the mid-face area
- Does not cause unnaturally pulled skin
- Is less painful than other facelift techniques
- Delivers longer lasting results than other procedures – up to 15 years
I talk more about this topic elsewhere on the site. Click here to read The Deep-Plane Facelift: Frequently Asked Questions.
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If you have additional questions about facelifts, eyelid surgery, brow lifts, and other anti-ageing treatments, please contact us on 1300 555 095. You can also use email or the book consultation feature of this website to make an appointment.
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Meet Dr Marcells
MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons
Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.