Fillers and freezers have been so successful in facial rejuvenation that in many cases they have aided in the delay of facelift surgery. But for patients where sagging and loosening of skin the jowls, neck, and mid-face are becoming increasingly prominent, facelift surgery is often the next step. Patients starting to investigate facelift surgery usually encounter articles and research about the mini-facelift. They come in for a consultation wanting to know differences between the mini-facelift and the full facelift in order to determine which is right for them. When carefully considering which procedure, the mini-facelift or the full facelift, is the right choice for the patient, there are many aspects to consider.
In its most basic terms, a traditional facelift is the best option for a patient with more advanced signs of aging who wants to refresh their neck, jawline, cheeks and forehead while the mini facelift rejuvenates the lower third of the face, focusing on the jowls and neck. The full facelift is just that. It usually includes the tightening of skin and underlying structures all parts of the face. The operation and recovery are both longer and the cost is higher.
The mini-facelift is a much scaled down version. Surgical time, recovery time and incisions are shorter. It is usually performed under local rather than general anesthesia. They are projected to last from three to five years compared to five to ten for a full facelift. The dissection is less extensive. The mini-facelift is perfect for the younger patient (30’s to 40’s) where the beginning signs of age are starting to show such as facial laxity, jowling and some neck laxity. This is also better for suspension of muscle without a lot of skin laxity.
The full facelift or traditional facelift repositions the muscles, removes a great deal of skin laxity and is a better operation for the patient who has more extensive facial laxity, jowling and a large amount of fatty tissue in the neck or a large degree of muscle banding in the neck. With an additional incision under the chin, the platysmal bands are tightened and excess fatty tissue is removed.
The mini-facelift is sometimes called the “weekend facelift” and marketed for being quick and easy with little downtime and fantastic results. It is important that you and your board certified facial plastic surgeon thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of the mini vs. the full facelift. Patients may be persuaded to have the mini because it is easier for a patient to get their mind around, both emotionally and financially, but oftentimes a full facelift will produce better and longer lasting results.
Are you considering a mini-facelift or full facelift? Please call our office to book a consultation with Dr. Honrado to discuss all your questions. 310.286.0043