When signs of aging are bothering you, it may be time to come in for a cosmetic surgical procedure to get them taken care of. One option is the facelift, which helps to create a more youthful appearance by lifting the skin of the face and tightening it.
There are a number of different types of facelifts offered by medical professionals. One popular and effective option is the mini-lift. This technique may just be right for you.
Difference Between a Facelift and a Mini-Lift
A facelift is a major procedure that’s typically used to handle severe and moderate aging-related issues around the mid-face and neck. It tightens sagging skin and smooths away a number of creases and folds.
The operation involves making a series of incisions to lift the skin and then removing excess tissues while tightening the skin. As this is a major procedure, it takes many hours to complete and is usually done under general anesthesia.
A mini-lift is a variation of the facelift procedure that uses smaller incisions and does not remove as much tissue. It is intended to fix mild wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin on the lower part of the face.
This procedure is not as invasive as a facelift. It is referred to as a weekend facelift, as it is a minor procedure. It can be completed in less than 90 minutes and can be done under local anesthesia with sedation.
Both techniques are able to lift the SMAS and platysma muscles in order to provide deep and long-lasting natural facial rejuvenation.
The Benefits of a Mini-Lift
A mini-lift can provide multiple benefits in comparison to the full facelift:
- It is a less invasive form of surgery involving smaller incisions than those used for the full facelift.
- It is safer and more comfortable for patients and can be done under local anesthesia.
- It is a more conservative treatment that is specifically used for the lower part of the face.
- It is a quicker procedure to perform than a full facelift.
- There is only a small degree of post-surgical swelling and bruising. A full facelift creates more swelling and bruising, and it requires a longer healing period that isn’t as comfortable.
Who Should Undergo This Procedure?
A mini-lift is ideal for those in their late 30s and 40s who have started to experience the effects of aging. At this stage, the aging effects are still minimal. For older patients dealing with harsh signs of the aging process, the full facelift may be a better option.
This option is also ideal for those looking for a less intensive procedure and shorter downtime.
A mini-lift is the perfect solution for anyone who has excess sagging skin on their lower face and neck that they want removed. It can help give you a more youthful and attractive look.
If you’re interested in learning more about the procedure, contact our office today to schedule an informative consultation with double-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James P Bradley. Dr. Bradley is a well-respected medical professional who will be available to help you reach your aesthetic goals.