S-Lift (mini facelift)
The S-Lift is an ingenious technique of rhytidectomy (facelift), rejuvenating and beautifying the lower/ mid-face and neck by reversing the changes that have occurred with ageing. The “S” refers to the shape of the incision in front of the ear.
The Key Elements of the S-Lift
Before surgery, the patient is sedated and relaxed by tablets. Special anaesthetic solution is gently injected in front of the ear, this will not only profoundly anaesthetise the area, and helps lift the skin from the underlying tissue facilitating undermining. The surgery is performed in an almost “bloodless field”.
- The S-shaped incision is placed along the natural curvature of the ear and extended into the temple posteriorly. Due to almost horizontal movement of the temporal flap, there is negligible elevation of the side burns. Most importantly, there is no incision (and subsequent scar) in front of the hairline.
- “Unit lifting” of the fibromuscular structure (SMAS) with the skin attached to it. An almost vertical vector is used to elevate the neck and lower face and another vector to elevate and reposition the mid-face. Common outcomes of a conventional facelift, eg. “wind tunnel”, “mask face look” or “pixie ear” effects, are not possible with the S-Lift.