Facelift Techniques: Wrinkle Reduction and Anti-Aging Options By Brian Kobienia, MD, FACS on March 31, 2018

A woman's face in profileWhen it comes to anti-aging and wrinkle reduction procedures, the facelift remains one of the most popular options available. Our cosmetic surgery center serving the Edina, MN can tailor a facelift to the needs of the patient, reducing lines, wrinkles, and sagging, and helping you look years younger in the process.

There is more than one way to perform a facelift. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to consider some common facelift techniques. This will give you an idea how plastic surgeons can target certain areas and/or structures of the face for optimal rejuvenation results.

Traditional SMAS Facelift

The traditional SMAS facelift is one of the most well known forms of facial plastic surgery targeting the middle portion of the face. SMAS stands for the superficial muscolo-aponeurotic system. In essence, the SMAS facelift lifts and tightens select muscles of the face. This carefully targeted lift of muscle structures improves overall appearance.

Deep Plane Facelift

The deep plane facelift targets more than just the SMAS layer of tissue. As the name suggests, the deep plane facelift targets deeper tissues of the face, shifting and lifting the facial structure to eliminate wrinkles and sagging.

Subperiosteal Facelift

The deep plan facelift isn’t the deepest form of the surgery. The subperiosteal facelift targets even deeper facial tissues and structures to achieve aesthetic rejuvenation. These types of facelifts tend to be rare, however, and quite specialized given the nature of the procedure.


The S-lift is like the traditional facelift in principle, but it uses an s-shaped incision in front of the ears to target a different part of the face. It predominantly targets the lower portions of the face along the neck and jawline. It’s an effective lower face lift option, and can have dramatic anti-aging outcomes for patients with major sagging along the jowls and jaw.

Brow Lift

For lines on the forehead, the traditional facelift and its variants will not be viable options. Instead, patients will want to undergo a brow lift. This procedure involves incisions along the scalp and hairline, through which adjustments to underlying tissues can be made. New techniques in brow lift surgery have reduced scarring.

Liquid Facelift Options

While facial cosmetic surgery can work wonders for your appearance, there are also many on-surgical options to consider. The liquid facelift can use different kinds of cosmetic injectables to reduce wrinkles and fill in lines. These injections are more affordable than surgery, with results that last for several months. The ideal injection for your needs can be determined during a consultation.

Creating a Facial Lift Treatment Plan Just for You

Given all of the options listed, it can be difficult to decide how your needs can best be addressed. That’s why it’s important to discuss these matters with a cosmetic surgeon. We can assess your situation and develop a custom treatment plan based on your aesthetic goals. An honest, expert assessment may be what you need to look years and years younger.

Learn More About Facelift Options

For more information about facial cosmetic surgery procedures and how we can help you look years and years younger, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon. Our team will work closely with you to enhance your appearance and improve your self-image in the process.

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Kobienia Plastic Surgery

Dr. Brian J. Kobienia is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been providing world-class care for nearly 20 years. When he is not working with patients, Dr. Kobienia is serving various local and global philanthropic programs. He is also affiliated with notable organizations including:

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

With Dr. Kobienia's help, you can look as good as you feel. To get started, request a consultation online or call our plastic surgery practice at (952) 925-1111.

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