The medical name for a facelift is rhytidectomy. Surgical facelifts involve resecting the sagging skin and tying the SMAS facial muscle tightly to give it an overall lift and re-draping. But sometimes, due to certain medical or personal reasons, patients choose not to have a deep surgical facelift. An S-lift is considered a mini facelift and can be performed under local anesthesia without a long difficult recovery. It’s called an S-lift referring to the shape of the incision line. It is considered a mini-lift because the incision is kept small and the degree of dissection is less, therefore making the recovery easy and fast. Not everyone is a candidate and Dr. Shirazi may recommend combining this signature mini-lift with a liquid facelift for the best cosmetic results.
If you are not ready for a major facelift and are looking for an easy recovery with little scar lines, the mini S-lift is an excellent surgical choice. The S-lift will do an excellent job in lifting the lower third of the face, removing the sagging skin, and creating a natural more youthful face without the long recovery, long incisions, and general anesthesia of a deep plane facelift.