Have you heard about the latest craze in cosmetic surgery? It’s a little something called the “ponytail facelift,” brought to you by a bazillion TikTok users. Really, the so-called ponytail lift isn’t anything new — it’s merely a buzzy name given to any number of existing facelift techniques that happen to mimic the way a ponytail pulls your skin back.
But just because the ponytail facelift has taken social media by storm doesn’t mean it’s the best facelift technique out there. In fact, it’s far from it. If you really want the best results, you’re going to want to look into the deep plane lift. Let me explain.
Do You Really Want to Have a Perpetual Ponytail Face?
Think about it: when you wear a ponytail, your hair is literally tugging on the skin on your upper face. I don’t know about you, but for me, this gives me a headache after a while! Alas, it also apparently offers the “tightening” effect that everyone is talking about in a ponytail lift. But pulling on the skin is exactly what we don’t want to see in a modern facelift. The tight, windblown look characteristic of facelifts of the past is so not this century.
If there is one saving grace of the ponytail facelift — which, by the way, isn’t a true medical term and can mean different things to different cosmetic surgeons — it’s the fact that the incisions can be relatively small and unnoticeable. But is it really worth it if your face is still sagging when it’s all said and done?
Ponytail, Meet Deep Plane
The ponytail facelift is truly no match for the deep plane facelift, which is no doubt the most advanced facelift technique and yields the most comprehensive results. Period. Using the deep plane technique, your cosmetic surgeon lifts the skin and underlying muscle tissue together as a single unit, from your neck all the way to your cheek, resulting in a muuuch more natural look than merely pulling the skin taut like cling wrap over your leftovers.
You’ll also enjoy a less complicated and potentially shorter recovery with the deep plane facelift vs. other older techniques, as well as longer-lasting results.
The deep plane method outlasts other techniques because it focuses on structural elements, not just skin. Deep plane FTW!
The drawback? If there is one, it’s the fact that because it’s so advanced, the deep plane facelift requires the most technical skill and expertise, so you’ll want to be doubly sure that your cosmetic surgeon has experience with this technique before moving forward with him or her.
Bottom Line: Choose a Top-Notch Cosmetic Surgeon, Not a Fad Facelift
Cosmetic surgery fads come and go, but a quality cosmetic surgeon is worth his/her weight in gold. If you know you want to smooth away sagging and wrinkles, start by finding the most qualified facial cosmetic surgeon, then sit down with him or her to discuss your goals and the best surgical techniques to meet those goals.
If you have your heart set on a fad procedure, you might be disappointed with the final results. Let your cosmetic surgeon be your guide to help you put your best face forward. Literally.