Different Types of Facelifts

Aging is inevitable, but Utah Facial Plastics face experts are able to help you rewind the clock by offering different types of facelifts. Dr. Scott Thompson and Dr. Douglas Henstrom are able to offer our patients both surgical and non-surgical facelift options that help maintain a more youthful appearance.

UFP’s Exclusive Deep Plane Facelift

Utah Facial Plastics deep plane facelift is our most extensive, yet most comprehensive facelift that delivers the longest lasting results. UFP’s Exclusive Deep Plane Facelift is performed to lift and reposition the sagging muscles and other tissues in the midface (cheeks), jowls (lower face), and neck. All of our UFP facelifts are performed under general anesthesia, meaning the patient is fully asleep during the procedure. This makes it possible for the surgeon to perform the necessary steps to get a complete lift in the face and neck.

A facelift requires approximately 2-3 weeks of downtime with significant bruising and swelling to be expected. The skin is lifted from the face so the surgeons can reposition the muscles back into the position they were in.  The excess skin and tissue is lifted and trimmed away, which does involve minimal scarring as our face specialists have expert training in advanced suturing techniques. This facelift option does require the most downtime and is the most expensive, however it does deliver incredible long-lasting results.

Utah Facial Plastics Lower Face Contouring Procedure

Our MACSlift (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension), also referred to as a “mini-facelift” is another facelift technique performed by both of our surgeons in both Draper and Layton, Utah. A MACSlift is ideal for individuals who are primarily concerned with jowling and loss of definition in the jawline. This is a less invasive lift that addresses earlier signs of aging or can be an option for patients who aren’t experiencing neck concerns or do not want to go under anesthesia.

This surgery is performed under local anesthesia, meaning the patient is awake, but numb during the entire procedure. It is very tolerable, and most patients find it fairly easy to undergo. The MACSlift does still require downtime and recovery but is not as extensive as the UFP facelift. After the first week, patients are typically able to return to work and any residual bruising can be concealed with makeup.

Non-Surgical Facelift

A liquid facelift utilizes dermal fillers and is a temporary solution, but can be a great option for those who are in early stages of aging or do not want surgery. A liquid facelift is ideal for those who feel like they are not ready for surgical intervention. Filler works well to address lines and wrinkles in the face/neck and restores lost volume in the mid-face. Injectables do not do much for lax skin, so individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity are ideal candidates for a liquid facelift.

Liquid facelifts do have to be done on the right candidate because it can result in too much filler or over correction which results in an unnatural, overfilled look. Sculptra is another great option for patients who have lost volume or have a gaunt look. This injectable helps to build collagen over time.  At a certain point, it makes more sense economically and aesthetically to look at surgical options for rejuvenation because so many syringes of filler are being needed or skin has enough laxity that fillers just aren’t the best option for treatment.


FaceTite is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy below the skin’s surface to lift and contour.  The RF energy stimulates collagen production which results in firmer, tighter skin. Unlike our traditional facelift, this procedure is able to be done under local anesthesia. Downtime and recovery are significantly lower than both our facelift and MACslift, with only 4 to 7 days.

FaceTite is ideal for individuals who have mild to moderate laxity in the lower face and neck who do not want to have surgery to do so. This procedure is also ideal for those who cannot afford the downtime that comes with surgery but still want to do something with more significant results.

An advantage that UFP offers is that we specialize in injectables, minimally invasive procedures and facelift surgery to help you best achieve your individual goals. Our experienced and talented providers include dual-board certified facial plastics surgeons, nurse practitioner, and credentialed nurse injectors.

For more information about the different types of facelifts we offer, please schedule a facelift consultation or contact us in Draper or Layton, Utah offices at (801)776-2220.

Get Started

What happens in a consultation?

  1. Get to know your team.

  2. Help us understand you and your goals.

  3. Learn about our services and specialties.

How May We Help?

"*" indicates required fields

SMS Agreement
* All indicated fields must be completed.
Please include non-medical questions and correspondence only.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Accessibility Toolbar

Scroll to Top