The future of the facelift

There are newer options with less trauma, recovery time and expense. But are they worth the convenience?

Andrea Markowitz, Ph.D.

HealthKey.com contributor

June 15, 2010


Not all facelifts require major surgery, especially some of the newer techniques. Here are some basic facts about both traditional and cutting-edge options.

Traditional Lifts

Lower, mid and forehead lifts can be combined for a full facelift.

Cutting-edge Lifts

These lifts require less surgery and recovery time, and cost less than traditional facelifts. But they are also newer and don't have the long track record that traditional facelifts have. As of November 12, 2008, the Editorial Advisory Board of the Cosmetic Surgery Times did not recommend thread lifting procedures. They warned that these procedures are controversial and pointed out that midface or cheek lifts can be performed with simple sutures (as in a mini facelift).

However, the Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery recommended the Feather-Lift, performed with AptosĀ® nonabsorbable barbed threads, as "safe, quick and easy." Their Web site pointed out that the procedure leaves no scars, requires no bandages, and typical after care requires only applying ice as needed.


Discuss your facelift options with a board-certified plastic surgeon before deciding which one is right for you. Know in advance what areas of your face and neck you want to improve, and weigh into your decision your budget, tolerance for pain and how long a recovery time you can afford.

To read more about facelift types, procedures, recovery times and costs, visitthe American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery.