What Are Pros and Cons of a Mini Face Lift?


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Mini lift vs. Ultherapy in Santa Monica

A mini lift can tighten the lower face and neck without major surgery. Another option is the Ulthera treatment for the face and neck which does not require scars.

Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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What Are Pros and Cons of a Mini Face Lift?

Thank you for your question. First, a mini lift varies from surgeon to surgeon.  Some include the neck, others do not.  So the benefits and risks or pros and Cons, will vary with each surgeon you discuss this with.  We repair the platysma bands of he neck with our mini, not all do.  Thus, the benefits are repair of the neck and facial muscles, if needed, fat correction, and removal of excess loose skin.  if only submental fat is an issue, than laser lipo is a better option if the fat is submental only.  A loose skin or muscle issue, then a facelift.  is the better choice. I hope this helps.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Each surgeon’s “mini” facelift technique will vary and produce different results

Hi cococat8, it’s important to realize that each surgeon’s “mini” facelift technique will vary and produce different results.  My Band Aid Facelift technique is especially beneficial for those patients with isolated areas of aging who are not yet in need of a traditional, full facelift or those who simply wish to refresh previous facial plastic surgery results.  Additionally, other mini cosmetic procedures are performed in-office with gentle numbing to minimize recovery time and the expense of hospital fees.  No form of “mini” facelift will produce the dramatic results yielded by traditional facial plastic surgery, so it’s important to consult with a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon when contemplating the procedure to see what is most aligned with your cosmetic goals.

John L. LeRoy, MD, FACS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Pros and Cons of a Miniface Lift

  There is no one standard miniface lift.  Therefore, incision placement and techniques used vary widely, as do recovery times.  In general, the term implies shorter incisions with less scarring and with less undermining of tissue.  Therefore, this should lead to decreased healing time.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Pros and Cons of a Mini-Facelift

The pros  for doing a mini-facelift are a quick procedure that can be done in the office under local anesthesia with minimal downtime and less expense then a traditional facelift.  The cons are that it doesn't do as much for the patient with a heavy, fatty neck and it doesn't last as long as a traditional facelift (7-8 years as opposed to 10 years for a traditional facelift).

Jonathan Pontell, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Pro and cons of a mini-lift

The mini-lift typically gives mini-reults and they do not last as long as a facelift.  A mini-lift is not a comprehensive facial rejuvenation at all.  There is 2 weeks of down-time with both procedures.  Best to wait until you are ready.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Mini Facelift

Mini Facelifts have grown more popular over the last few years.  These are for people who want a faster recovery, less expense, and a fresh look.  After evaluating the patient, we determine the extent of work for the jowl area and neck.  Most of these procedures are under local anesthesia.  It is very important to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss what is best for you.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Mini facelifts are Great in the Right Hands!


Mini facelifts, also referred to as short-scar facelifts, can produce outstanding results when performed by a board-certifiied surgeon who performs them frequently.  Most often, they do not require general anesthesia, use smaller incisions, and require less recovery time.  They are ideal for active people who want  natural-appearing results and do not have time to recover for many weeks.  In the several thousand of these I have performed, determining who is a good candidate seems to be of great importance.  The notion that they do not improve the neck depends on the surgeon.  I place great importance on improving the jawline and neck, regardless of whether the procedure is a "full" facelift or minilift.

Jeffrey B. Wise, MD, FACS
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What are the Pros and Cons of a Mini Facelift?

In my practice there is no difference between a mini facelift and a regular facelift. Both are done under local anesthesia, take about 4-5 hrs and have a week downtime. We call it a mini facelift because it is much easier to go threw now, recover faster and with almost no bruising because of the tumescent anesthesia as well as much less risky than the old facelifts. It includes the neck as well as the lower face and runs $6,000-8500 and is so worth it. Almost everyone can benefit from it. The really mini facelifts you see advertised everywhere are not very effective and last 6-12 months with little concern to scar placements and can be done in about an hour and looks like it. Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD 

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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What Are Pros and Cons of a Mini Face Lift?

This is a very common question and much confusion surrounds facelift procedures and "branded" facelifts. Mini-lifts are less invasive than a traditional full facelift. The incisions tend to be shorter, the surgery is less invasive but as a result the longevity of the lift is diminished and the ability to tighten and redrape the droopy neck is limited. Since many patients present with the neck being a major concern the applicability of the mini-lift is somewhat limited. A facelift however fully elevates the neck tissue and can tighten the neck from both the midline and behind the ear resulting in more complete rejuvenation of the neck. Further, the deeper tissues of the face are also addressed resulting in more robust lifting of the facial tissue and less tension on the skin incision which can result in finer incisions and a less noticeable scar. Both are good procedures as long as they are applied to the proper patient.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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