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What’s the Difference Between a Mini Facelift vs. a Full Facelift?
Aging is part of life. While we all age differently, there’s one thing that’s universal. As we get older, our faces tend to be the most impacted, including wrinkles and sagging skin. Yet who says that your age has to show on your face? While we can’t avoid getting older, we can control how we portray our age.
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is one of the most common procedures that addresses aging. This cosmetic surgery lifts sagging skin and other tissues on the face, which results in a contoured, youthful look.
What many people don’t know is that there are many variations of the facelift—mainly, the full facelift and the mini facelift. So what’s the difference between the two? Here’s everything you need to know in deciding between the full facelift vs. mini facelift.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that is used to improve signs of aging on the face and neck. It is most commonly performed on patients between the ages of 40 to 70 in order to create a more youthful, rejuvenated look.
The facelift procedure can address many of the most visible signs of aging, including:
● Lax skin and face sagging
● Deep fold lines between the nose and mouth
● Loose skin in the neck region (turkey neck)
● Loss of fat in volume in areas of the face
All of these issues can be caused by many factors, including thinning skin, loss of facial fat, sun damage, smoking, heredity, and even excess stress. Many patients combine a facelift with other procedures, such as eyelid surgery or a brow lift, in order to address aging eyes.
A full facelift, also known as a traditional facelift, addresses the lower two-thirds of the face. It vertically repositions sagging cheeks and other soft tissues on the face. A full facelift also targets loose skin on the cheek and necks.
The end result is shocking! Patients are left with a newly contoured face, including a restored definition to their jawline and added volume to their cheeks and other areas of their face. Incisions are discreetly placed around and behind the ears. This allows for the maximum of excess skin removal while also placing the incisions in areas that are completely invisible.
Because a full facelift is a much more in-depth procedure, it takes longer to perform and often requires an extended recovery period. The good news is that most patients notice a reduction in bruising and swelling in just a few weeks. However, it can take up to a year to see the end results.
As the name implies, a mini facelift is much less invasive when compared to a full facelift. This procedure can often be performed in just a few hours and doesn’t require as much downtime. However, not everyone is a candidate for a mini facelift.
This facelift procedure provides the best results for women and men who are just starting to notice the effects of aging on the lower portion of their faces. This procedure is also performed on patients who want a quick refresh, especially for those who have already undergone a full facelift.
A mini facelift can address many of the common signs of aging, including:
● Neck laxity
● Beginning of jowls
● Skin laxity
● Platysmal folds and banding
While a mini facelift doesn’t provide as drastic results as a full facelift, it offers a nice improvement to the face and neck region.
One of the biggest benefits of a mini facelift is that it’s much less invasive and requires less downtime. In fact, patients recover twice as fast, with most patients getting back to normal life in just a week post-op! Though there may still be some minor bruising, this can easily be covered up with make-up.
Mini facelifts are also less expensive. While prices vary, depending on where the surgery is performed and by whom, most mini facelifts are two to three times less expensive. If you want a rejuvenated look but don’t want to spend more than you have to, a mini facelift may be worth considering.
Though the mini facelift procedure isn’t as in-depth as a full facelift, when performed by a board certified surgeon, the results can last for a long time.
Which Kind of Facelift Right for You?
Now that you know the basics of a full facelift and a mini facelift, you may have an idea of which procedure you prefer. However, it can be hard to know which facelift option will give you the best results. There are many factors that must be considered, including:
● Your age
● Degree of aging
● Skin thickness
● Areas most impacted
● Smoking history
● Degree of sun damage
The best thing you can do is to meet with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area who has experience in performing both full and mini facelifts. A plastic surgeon will carefully analyze the condition of your face and neck region while also considering your wants, needs, and even your budget.
Before deciding on which type of facelift is best for you, be sure to first discuss it with a plastic surgeon.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Grossman
If you live in Southern California, one of the best board certified plastic surgeons in the area is Dr. Peter Grossman. With more than 20 years of experience, you can have the peace of mind that you’re in good hands, from consultation to the day of surgery to post-op care.
Dr. Grossman is experienced in full and mini facelifts, along with other procedures that are designed to rejuvenate and bring youthfulness back into the face. Dr. Grossman uses techniques that provide natural results, so you don’t have to worry about your face looking overly stretched.
Ready to look as good as you feel? Contact Dr. Grossman’s office by calling (818) 981-2050 to schedule a consultation.