Face Lift or Mini Lift?

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A mini face lift is often marketed as a less expensive, less invasive, option for facial rejuvenation. If you want to look younger, this is an appealing proposition; why not opt for the less extensive procedure?

Mini Facelift for Minimal Signs of Aging

Mini facelifts are best for treating minimal signs of aging. They can treat sagging skin and jowls when these conditions are mild, which is common in younger patients.

For older patients who can benefit from tightening of the jawline and neck area, the doctor needs to augment, tighten and restructure the deep tissues to achieve satisfying results. These techniques aren’t part of a typical mini lift, even though the same surgical incisions are used.

During consultations, we create an individualized plan using one or more of these techniques:

  • Mini Lift: the mini lift is a short scar facelift. The procedure tightens the skin, but does not address significant sagging in the jowls, cheeks, and neck.
  • Face Lift: the traditional face lift works at the SMAS layer of the tissue, which allows the surgeon to elevate the jowls at a deeper level and provide a lasting and satisfying result.
  • Fat Grafting and Liquid Face Lifts: As you age, volume loss in the soft tissues becomes a real problem. The cheeks and lower face will often benefit from soft tissue augmentation, which involves treatments such as autologous fat grafting or dermal filler injection.
  • Laser Treatment: A CO2 laser can tighten the skin and remove surface irregularities that have accumulated over the years. While it cannot provide the same results as a face lift, a laser treatment can rejuvenate the skin, and today’s laser treatments require minimal downtime.

Setting aside specific treatment options, you should always work with a plastic surgeon who is familiar with all techniques and the range of conditions that different patients present. Face lifts have changed from a standard technique to a custom-tailored approach that incorporates several of the latest techniques in facial rejuvenation.

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