Facelift & S-Facelift

The S Face Lift restores the "you" from a
5-15 years ago. 

A Facelift (in this case S-Lift from Dr Saylan) address imbalances without altering the natural expression of the face. 


1998 Dr. Saylan has published his first article on “S-Lift, Less is more” on "Purse String formed Plication of the SMAS with fixation to the Cheek Bones". This method gives an extra fullness to the cheeks and results with a more stable condition of the pulling. 


After performing S-Lift for over 15 years the technique is now more improved and performed differently in compare to the early cases. Today a serial Platysma notching and an extended neck dissection is performed in older patients to achieve better results. At this cases the incision is similar to a conventional facelift and the surgery is than called as S-lift plus.  


The purse string formed plication of the SMAS and its fixation to the cheek bone (so called S-Lift) was developed by Dr. Ziya Saylan in 1996 and is performed all over the world by a number of doctors who have been personally trained by him and Dr. Steven Hopping during more than 12 workshops in the USA and many scientific publications. Dr. Steven Hopping was a supporter and co-innovator of this method from very beginning.


S-Lift is a procedure where the soft tissue under the facial skin is plicated like a purse string and fixed to the cheek bone with “U” and “O” formed sutures, a deep dissection is not necessary. The suspension achieved is much more stable compared to conventional facelifts.  The S-Lift is a safe, quick and a simple procedure with effective results suitable for younger patients with very satisfactory aesthetic results. Complication rates and recovery times are low. The procedure limits scarring and gives a more natural look than standard facelifts. The proper combination of less invasive procedures in younger patients can provide results equal to more traditional techniques often with less scaring, short recovery time and more natural results. Part of the aging process is gravity but much of aging is atrophy. 


During the cutting Edge Meeting in 2000 at the Waldorf Astoria, NY the S-Lift was mentioned to be the most exciting facial surgery of the last decade (Dr. Tom Biggs; ASAPS Past-President).


Advantages of this method include decrease in bruising and swellingand less facial nerve injury. A natural look of the face without any deformities is achieved by direct pull of the face upwards and to the side instead of rotation ends up. A wind-tunnel face is not possible after an S-Lift. For patients who undergo a facelift for the second or third time, this procedure achieves excellent results.


We haven’t observed any specific disadvantage of these three sifferent S-Lift techniques. Aesthetic Facial surgery is a continuing frontier, and the S-Lift with limited skin and SMAS dissection often demonstrates that less can yield more. This procedure is not for every patient and is probably not for those who want a face “As tight as possible”. 

The S "Saylan" Lift is an innovation of Dr. Ziya Saylan