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What Type of Facelift is Right for You?

June 15, 2018

As we age we all start to notice that our skin just doesn’t have the same elasticity as it used to. Fine lines and wrinkles creep in and the skin can begin to sag around the neck and jawline. But with so many different types of procedures available it can be confusing trying to figure out what type of facelift might be right for you. Here we’re breaking down the different surgical and nonsurgical facelift options:

 

PRP/Vampire Facelift

 

What It Is: This procedure goes by a few names and is often known as a Vampire Facial or a Vampire Facelift but is more accurately called a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) facelift. This procedure works by extracting the patient’s own blood, drawing out the platelet-rich plasma, and reapplying it topically to the facial skin along with micro needling. The microneedling stimulates skin regeneration and the platelets are high in restorative growth hormone.

Who it’s Best For: Patients who wish to restore overall tone and texture to their face with little to no downtime. The procedure is also known to have some contouring benefits but will not have the same dramatic results as some of the other procedures below.

Costs: Prices start at $1,299 per treatment.

 

Nonsurgical Facelift

 

What It Is: This nonsurgical face lift procedure uses Radio Frequency (RF) and fractional laser devices for surface wrinkle reduction in combination with non-ablative RF heating devices that tighten and reposition the facial tissue. This may or may not include the Profound RF device; known for its ability to tighten and lift the skin around the neck, chin, and cheeks.

Who it’s Best For: Women or men who have laxity around the neck, jawline, cheeks, eyes and/or brow and desire a lift effect without the use of surgery. Because it is a series of treatments, it is not for someone needing quick results. Patients are also encouraged to have regular touch-ups to protect their investment.

Costs: $5,399 for our anti-aging package, including Profound.

 

ThreadLift

 

What It Is: There are two types of ThreadLifts: the 24 Hour ThreadLift and the Composite ThreadLift. The 24 Hour TreadLift is a “skin only” lift. It is done under local anesthesia, takes less than an hour and most patients can return to work the next day. The effect can be 25–50% of a full surgical facelift and lasts 3 – 5 years.

The Composite ThreadLift is an extended ThreadLift that uses sutures in the supportive tissues. It takes 2–3 hours to complete and can be performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. There are no cuts or scars, but the procedure requires 1–2 weeks of down time before wearing makeup. The effect can be 50–70% of a surgical lift and lasts 5–7 years.

Who it’s Best For: Those with loose or sagging facial skin, who prefer a minimally invasive procedure, but want better results than nonsurgical options can provide.

Costs: Starting from $9,000.

 

Mini Facelift

 

What It Is: The surgical removal of a small amount of loose skin around the jowls and upper neck that will address many of the same issues as a facelift (minus the neck). The procedure takes between 1-2 hours, is performed under local and oral sedation, requires one week of downtime, and achieves results that can last up to 5 years or more

Who it’s Best For: Patients on the younger end with less excess skin and tissue requiring treatment or patients that prefer results that are more subtle than a full facelift.

Costs: The Mini facelift starts at $9,999.

 

Facelift

 

What It Is: The surgical removal of excess skin from the face and neck in order to treat issues such as double chins or sagging facial skin. This procedure can take up to 4 hours, will be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation, requires two weeks of downtime, and can last up to 10 years or more depending on patient maintenance.

Who it’s Best For: Slightly older patients, those with more loose skin and tissue requiring treatment, or patients wanting more dramatic results.

Costs: A facelift starts at $9999 and up, depending on whether multiple procedures are being performed.

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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