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Defining Facelift TermsWhen it comes to plastic surgery, there are a lot of different options. Today, the emphasis is on customization, which is a great development in the field of cosmetic surgery, as it allows patients to get the best results possible. However, that can make the process of a procedure such as a facelift somewhat daunting. The best way for prospective patients to overcome this is to do research on the procedure and choose a knowledgeable surgeon who will be able to simplify the process a great deal. When starting your research, you may come across some unfamiliar terms, so let's take a look at some of them to help you navigate your research.


SMAS stands for the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system, the underlying muscle structure of the face, and this is the facial layer addressed by many different facelift techniques. What most people don't know is that facelift surgery does far more than just tighten the skin. There is also significant muscle manipulation and tightening of the SMAS. Fat is also repositioned to help with any volume loss that may have occurred, and skin is removed and tightened as needed.

Mini Facelift

The mini facelift is a less invasive, but less effective version of the facelift procedure. It involves smaller scars and shorter recovery time, but the results are less comprehensive. Typically, mini lifts can help with sagging skin, but not deeper facial folds. While traditional facelift results last about 10 years, mini lifts tend to produce improvement that lasts around 5 years. There are also many different types of mini lifts that focus only on specific areas of the face.

Deep Plane Facelift

A comprehensive facelift technique that combines many different lifting procedures to address sagging in the face and neck, the deep plane facelift is the most invasive and effective facelift technique available. All areas of the face are addressed, and the results of this procedure are typically very lasting.

Non-Surgical Facelift

Not a technical term, a non-surgical facelift is often used to describe a procedure known as Thermage, a non-invasive radiofrequency treatment that is used to tighten the skin and improve overall facial contour. The treatment is non-invasive and effective, but does not produce the same level of results as a surgical facelift.

Liquid Facelift

Much like the “non-surgical facelift” the liquid facelift is simply a term used to describe a specific use of common facial filler treatments (usually hyaluronic acid. This treatment is injectable, and can produce subtle improvement in the overall youth of the face, but the amount of filler needed to produce the kind of results expected from a “liquid facelift” can be very expensive, and the results are temporary, lasting only about six months or so. Facial fillers are much better for filling in wrinkles or adding subtle volume to the face.

Keep Informed

The best way to stay informed and be knowledgeable about your procedure is to team up with a skilled and knowledgeable plastic surgeon who can help guide you through the process and answer your questions. Facelift surgery is difficult and complex, and only an expert, board certified surgeon can give you lasting, natural-looking results.

If you would like to talk to a surgeon with over 25 years of experience and triple board certification, call Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Haitham Masri, an expert in facial surgery. Call 866-487-3223 today to schedule a consultation in Birmingham or Dearborn, Michigan.

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