Can you please explain the difference between a full face lift and a mini facelift and if it is worth it...I am 62 years old..I live in New York City..My problem is the lower part of my face...my forehead has very few lines and my neck is not saggy at all..I was also looking into lazer resurfacing.I want a procedure that is the least invasive..I want to look refreshed and natural and not like I had surgery...
What is the Difference Between a Full Face Lift and a Mini Facelift?
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Mini facelift lifts the cheek but not neck and brow
Thank you for your question.The mini facelift is best for someone like you who describes minimal aging of the forehead and neck with primarily loose skin in the mid face and jaw region. A full facelift usually includes forehead the cheek the jawline and the neck.
Laser resurfacing can produce some skin tightening if properly done but if you have significant jowls and cheek laxity you would most likely be better off with a mini facelift.
Be sure to consult a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who is experienced and face lift techniques.
What Really is a Mini Facelift?
The bottom line: the way your face ages is as unique to you as your face itself.
A facelift changes the actual shape of your face by manipulating the tissue underneath to restore a more youthful appearance. It is not about pulling on the skin. This area, more than any other, requires true artistry as well as surgical technique. It is very difficult to achieve real and lasting rejuvenation with a procedure that takes less than an hour and promises no recovery time.
I explain more in the video.
The difference between a full face lift and a mini facelift
There are circumstances where a mini-facelift procedure is not adequate. If you have is substantial skin laxity, marked jowls, droopiness in the neck including vertical bands (termed platysmal bands). With these features usually from your 50s, a full facelift is required to provide a natural rejuvenation. A full facelift requires a larger incision as more surgery is required to lift and rejuvenate the face. The incision is longer as it needs to extend behind the ear into the hairline, principally to treat the increased skin laxity. At the same time the incisions can be largely hidden in natural creases and contours to avoid visible scars after surgery. The recovery from a full facelift is approximately 2-weeks, although the final result is 6-12 months later.
Key to a natural rejuvenation in both mini-facelift and full-facelift techniques include a meticulous attention to detail, lifting beneath the skin including the SMAS and deep soft tissue layers (to avoid a wind-swept appearance) and multi-layered closure (to avoid visible scars). Both techniques are effective at rejuvenating your face depending on your clinical needs, and an assessment is required to determine your individual needs and suitability for this facial surgery. Both techniques may be completed with other facial techniques including blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), fat transfer (volume rejuvenation), PRP (platelet rich plasma) and CO2 laser resurfacing to augment the natural results.
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Full Facelift or Mini Facelift - What is the Difference?
A mini-facelift, or "short scar facelift" or as I call it in my practice, Lite Lift addresses all of the above except for the lower neck. The difference is that the incisions are shorter - basically the same description in front of the ear and temple scalp but ending at the level of the earlobe (in front or in back) - as much as 40% less scarring. Non board-certified surgeons sometimes just pull the skin back which certainly will not last as long as the procedure I just described.
Having performed both procedures for more than a decade, the results last about the same time however for redundant lower neck skin a traditional facelift is preferred. Most important choose your board certified plastic or facial plastic surgeon well and let him/her make the best decision for you.
What is the Difference Between a Full Face Lift and a Mini Facelift?
thank you for your question. Although there are a lot of variations, a 'real' mini facelift, is better for suspension of muscle without a lot of skin laxity. A Full facelift repositions the muscles and removes a great deal of skin laxity. Laser therapy is good for fine lines, not for deep lines, such as 'jowls', etc.
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Full facelift versus mini facelift
A mini- lift involves only lifting the jowls in the cheek area minimally tightening the cheeks, thereby giving a mini result. A comprehensive full face and neck lift involves lifting the jowls and cheeks, tightening the neck muscles in 3 locations, and removal of neck fat, and tightening up the neck skin is well. Please see the link below for our facelift photo gallery
Difference Between a Mini-Facelift and a Full Facelift (Traditional Facelift)
The mini-facelift is an excellent operation for the patient who has facial laxity, jowling and some neck laxity. A traditional facelift 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 (platysmal banding) in the neck. The traditional facelift has an additional incision under the chin which allows for the muscle bands in the neck to be tightened and for the excess fatty tissue to be removed. From the description of your facial aging, you would be an excellent candidate for a mini-facelift. As far as the laser part of your question, I have a Fraxel Repair laser which is the most advanced, effective laser to resurface sun damaged, wrinkled skin. I often do Fraxel resurfacing after a facelift to address the fine wrinkles that the facelift doesn't take care of.
62 year old and need a lower facelift
At 62 you need a nice lower facelift that should take 4 hours or so. Your eyelids may be done at the same time if you wish. The mini facelift is a silly term that means not much will be done. If you have mini expectations and are willing to accept not much as your final result, then you may be okay with a mini facelift. My advice is save your money. Mini lifts are a sad use of your hard earned dollars. Get a real facelift from a well qualified and experienced ABPS and FACS surgeon. My Best, Dr C
What is the difference between a full facelift and a mini facelift?
A traditional facelift is a great option for a patient with more advanced signs of aging who wants to refresh their neck, jawline, and cheeks. A mini facelift rejuvenates the lower third of the face, including the jowls and neck. With a mini lift, there will not be as long of an incision, and the dissection is not as extensive. You will be in surgery for less time, the recovery is easier, and the cost is lower. Depending on your individual circumstances, a mini facelift may be of benefit to you. Laser resurfacing will not address loose skin if it is present. It is difficult to provide you with any specific advice without seeing photos. I would recommend an in-person consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. He/she will be able to advise you following an exam. I hope this helps, and best of luck.
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