I'm a 52 year old male. How long does a Mini Lift last?

Im a 52yo male with moderate jowling and NB lines will a mini lift take care of these problems and is this lift the same as a so called life style lift? Also, where are the incisions made on a mini lift?

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Mini Lift for Moderate Jowls

It's not possible to answer your question without seeing photos. A lifestyle lift is just another name for a mini lift, in most instances. Every facial plastic surgeon has a slight variation on what a mini or lifestyle lift will address.

At my center, a mini lift is used to resolve slight jowling and neck sagging. Severe sagging and jowling need a traditional rhytidectomy (facelift). If you fall somewhere in between, a full facelift would probably be the most effective long-term solution. If you opt for a mini lift, you will probably need hyaluronic-acid based fillers to smooth out your nasolabial folds. The incisions for any face lift are hidden behind the ear creases. A mini lift can last from five to 10 years. A full facelift can last up to 10 years or more. I hope this helps.

Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The Lasting Effects of a Facelift

On average the surgical #results last between 4 and 7 years. However, people vary so much from one another, an exact time is difficult to provide. If you wish, you may repeat the procedure at that time. There is always an improvement compared to not having the procedure as the #aging process continues to progress throughout the future. Patients, with very loose skin will occasionally experience #sagging earlier and it may be seen as soon as one  year later. Such may require a secondary procedure to tighten the loose skin.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Results of Mini Facelift

It is difficult to give an exact timeframe for the results of your mini facelift. This is because a mini facelift is designed for the individual, and may thus employ different techniques and different levels of intensity. As a general rule of thumb, still, the results of a mini facelift can last a patient anywhere from 5-12 years. Every patient ages uniquely and lives a lifestyle that may impact results; factors such as stress, environment, and the body’s natural aging process are each considered in this range.

Julian De Silva, MD
London Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Your question is a good one, but fairly complex to answer. A "mini-lift" may mean many different things depending on the surgeon you visit. To me a mini-lift is a type of facelift using shorter incisions, less undermining and less aggressive work on the SMAS layer. It is ideally used in the younger population, age 45-55. It reverses 5-10 years of aging and is relatively permanent. You will continue to age, but will always look 5-10 years younger than had you done nothing. Go to the link for a discussion of named or trademarked lifts. 

John Bitner, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Minilift longevity

Depending on the technique used a "mini lift" can mean many different things and can last many years if a reliable technique is chosen.  However, for most men in your age category, because of significant neck aging, a more comprehensive lift such as a high smas facelift is necessary for the best long term and natural appearing improvement.  I would recommend consultation with a surgeon who focuses a significant percentage of his or her practice with aging face surgery.  Good luck.

Scott K. Thompson, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How long does a "mini" #facelift last?

A "mini" facelift, in a properly selected patient, will create lifelong improvement. The more important question is whether you are an appropriate candidate. In my experience very few 52 year old men will be adequately treated with a minilift. This is typically an operation for someone with no aging in the neck and very early jowl formation. In all other patients, mini lifts create mini results. I'd recommend scheduling a consultation during which you should receive very specific advice about your options and which approach will work best for you.

Regarding LSL, this is a company as opposed to a procedure or new technology. The surgeon who performs your procedure will choose the lift that you receive. Given that the procedures are performed with oral sedation in office, they tend to be less invasive than a traditional facelift. I hope this information is helpful for you.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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I'm a 52 year old male. How long does a Mini Lift last

I tell my patients that any type of lift will back you up 7-12 years (depending on the facelift).  You will continue to age from that appearance forward.  

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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I'm a 52 year old male. How long does a Mini Lift last?

A good facelift (note the qualifier) lasts forever in that you will always look more youthful than if you had never had the surgery, but of course you will continue to age.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Mini lift or full facelift.

Both of these operations will last forever. However a full facelift will give you a better result especially in your neck. If a mini lift is done it will probably not address as well your jowls and the other issues you mentioned. A mini list gives a mini results. Seea very experienced facelift surgeon for the best result.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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