There seem to be many different face lift techniques: the deep plane lift, the S lift, the SMAS lift, etc. Can you describe the main differences between these many different techniques and which are considered best?
This is hard to do in a few sentences. I hope I am not too technical. First of all, the best technique to use is the one the surgeon does the best. Face lifting is a very personal art. There is a extensive discussion of the various techniques on my website, http://www.drbentkover.com/procedures/facelift. In a traditional deep plane face lift the surgeon dissects under the SMAS (subcutaneous muscular aponeurotic system) all the way to the cheek-lip grooves. In a SMAS flap lift (my preferred lift) the dissection is shorter and the SMAS is elevated vertically. An S lift is a variant of this. The surgeon should do the lift that gives the best results in his/her hands.