The mini lift which we also call a soft lift is a variation of traditional facelift with a short scar. Another term is a limited incision facelift. How the actual incision is made depends on what an individual surgeon has found to work best. We also will plan the incision according to individual patient needs. Through the small incision the deeper tissues can be adjusted and supported and the skin lifted in an upward direction to reduce laxity. The result is a substantial reduction in and improvement in the smile lines, marionette lines, and even some improvement in the neck. The facial rejuvenation should be considered a continuum as when the laxity in the neck or jowl increases we must consider the need for a full facelift, or necklift, and if the brow above is an issue consideration of a lateral or full brow lift made.
As the face ages we lose not only tissue support, but importantly facial fat, the "fullness of youth". We find that to correct facial aging we place more structural fat grafts into the smile and marionette lines, and the lip, both with mini and full facelift procedures. We would never recommend liposuction or fat removal by any means other than within the neck. Removal of facial fat can be quite aging so we suggest caution. With all cosmetic procedures we have to settle for substantial improvements and a flattening of the aging curve.
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