As other surgeons have noted on this topic, there are different approaches that can yield excellent results. The key is finding a surgeon who uses an acceptable technique, while obtaining stellar results. Most accomplished Facelift surgeons agree that the best results are obtained with some form of SMAS mobilization technique (elevation, repositioning, and suturing of the SMAS).
My observations are as follows:
1) Listen to what people say about a surgeon's staff, his manner, his results, and his status in the community. What percentage of the surgeon's practice is devoted to facial rejuvenation? Physicians can be a reasonable gauge, as can hairdressers and former patients.
2) Analyze the photographs your are shown. Do the patients you see have similar aging characteristics to what you see in your own face? This is not always possible, but something to look for.
3) Is computer imaging useful for Facelift surgery? In my opinion, absolutely not! Indeed, this may present an implied result; the results you actually obtain may not be close to computer imagery. The best approximation is looking at the surgeon's actual work.
4) Choose a surgeon you are comfortable with.
5) The general rule of thumb is that the cheapest and the most expensive surgeons are generally not the best.
Good luck in your search.