There seem to be an awful lot of facelift alternatives available these days, from thread lifts to liquid facelifts, but is there ever a time when a traditional facelift is the best option?
Your question is a very good one and it reflects a lot of concerns or curiosities that patients have when they come to visit with us. The media has been very fond of discussing minimally invasive or noninvasive rejuvenation procedures many of which provide marginal benefit. Thread lifts were popular 5 to 10 years ago but the literature shows that they provide no meaning, benefits and I don’t know anybody in the community who even does them anymore. I never did and I’m glad I never did it. The results were disastrous. I’ve taken care of some people who’ve had complications of that procedure. Liquid face lifts were fillers are placed into the face to enhance areas volume-less, certainly, to address that part of aging with depletion of volume in the face and thus the tissues look more relaxed. But if laxity is part of the aging issue and it usually is, some form of surgery is going to be required to re-drape the soft tissues. If there is a limited amount of cheek or jaw line laxity with development of jowls, short incision face lift is an excellent option. Similarly, if there is laxity in the neck, this can be addressed with a neck lift which is often combined with a limited amount of liposuction, and these less invasive procedures can provide gratifying results for the correct patients. If there’s significant laxity, wrinkle formation and volume loss, then a traditional face lift is far and away far and away the most gratifying procedure for the patient.