Face Lift surgery or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure designed to improve visible signs of again in the face and neck. Many different variations on this procedure ranging from shorter procedures, the mini face lift, which do not require general anesthesia and enable a quicker recovery and return to work and longer surgeries which require general anesthesia and have a longer recovery time.
Face Lift surgery is designed to improve the lower face and neck and is often combined with other procedures designed to improve signs of aging in other areas of the face such as eyelid surgery, brow lift surgery and chin surgery.
A facelift is also known as a neck lift, either name is appropriate, as it addresses the lower face and neck. Other terms often used are liquid facelift. A liquid facelift refers to the use of fillers to replace lost volume in the mid face or cheeks and temples which by filling the skin back out will help to elevate the droopy skin around the jowls and jawline. A liquid facelift does not address the neck.
Threadlifts can also be used to address the midface but are not as long lasting or permanent as surgery or laser procedures and run the risk of looking asymmetric due to the difficulty of having the tissue stick on the barbs of the threads.
For those patients wanting a non surgical alternative to facelift with minimal downtime and no general anesthesia, Laser facelift is the perfect choice. It addresses the lower face and neck in a permanent one time manner via a laser that is introduced beneath the skin to tighten the deeper muscle layer or SMAS and the overlying skin. In my review of the research studies and personal experience, the Lazerlift or laser facelift makes a more substantial change in appearance than Ulthera or Thermage which are deliver systems that much travel through the skin itself.