Sometimes A Mini Facelift Is Best

Published on March 15, 2019

When it comes to facelift procedures, there are a range you can choose from. The lowest in the range is what we call a “mini facelift.” A mini facelift is typically chosen by patients who have noticed a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone in their neck and face areas, but nothing that requires extensive and dramatic corrections.

Apart from that, mini facelifts are also chosen by people with creases and jowls around the mouth and nose regions. Even neck and facial wrinkles can be treated with a mini facelift.

So, if you feel that the skin on your neck and face are starting to sag, making you look older, a mini facelift might be in order. With a mini facelift, you can enjoy a rested appearance and a more youthful look.

How the Mini Facelift Different From A Traditional Facelift?

In a traditional facelift, the incisions are much longer. This is because the surgeon requires greater access to reposition the jawline and to manage the laxity of the neck. Now, the incisions for a traditional facelift, though longer, are not visible, just like they’re not visible with mini facelifts. The incisions are hidden behind the ears, in the creases, and also, in the patient’s hairline.

Traditional facelifts also provide more definition to the jawline and the neckline. They also eliminate much of the skin under the chin, resulting in a younger looking neck.

However, traditional facelifts are much more effective on people who experience a significant amount of saggy skin. people with this problem are generally in their 40s or 50s and are known for having very little skin elasticity and laxity, especially in the facial and neck regions.

Benefits Of A Mini Facelift

There are many benefits that a mini facelift can provide. For starters, they do not cause significant scarring. The incisional marks are concealed within the natural contours of the face and the hairline. The side effects are minimal compared to a traditional facelift. Typically, patients will experience some minor bruising, swelling, and tenderness, which tend to subside in a matter of days.

The treatment is conservative, typically aimed at addressing the issues that affect the lower third of the face and neck. A mini facelift can complement the natural features of the patient, offering an enhanced appearance that is in line with the degree of wrinkles and skin laxity.

Similarly, it can be carried out under local anesthesia, which means the patient can remain conscious throughout the procedure and still not feel any pain. At the same time, they don’t have to experience the disorientation or grogginess that comes with general anesthesia.

Finally, the greatest benefit is the boost in self-confidence that one achieves after undergoing a mini facelift.

Recovering from a Mini-Facelift

The recovery time for a mini facelift varies from patient to patient. Most of the side effects, such as swelling or bruising, will disappear in a matter of days. You can resume your normal routine in a few weeks or so.

Intense activity can be resumed after several weeks. Recovery time varies from individual to individual, so it’s best to follow any instructions given to you by your doctor. Most swelling and discoloration will be gone in one to two weeks. You may resume your regular lifestyle within two to three weeks and resume moderate exercise within two to four weeks.

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