Is there any evidence one Facelift technique is better than others?
It is very difficult to assess whether one Facelift technique is better than another because each face is different and each surgeon has a different technique.
There have been, however, long-term studies in identical twins who have had different techniques and these have not shown a significant benefit of one technique over another.
There have been other studies in which different surgeons perform their specified SMAS technique and the patients are photographed each year and assessed by an independent observer. Again this study has not shown a significant benefit of one technique over another.
To summarise, there is no conclusive evidence that one technique is better than another and this is the reason why so many techniques are around and it is difficult to get a definitive answer to the question of which technique is better for you.
Our advice would be to discuss which technique your surgeon plans to use and their reasons for using it. Then ask them to see before and after pictures of patients they’ve treated making sure that the pictures include long-term follow-up of 1, 2 and 3 years to see how the improvement continues with time.