What Are Pros and Cons of a Mini Face Lift?


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What Are Pros and Cons of a Mini Face Lift

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At my center, a mini lift includes the lower face, neck and slight jowls. The exact procedure varies slightly by each patient's anatomy and needs. The mini lift is a shorter surgery that can be done under local anesthesia. Recovery time is also less.

A facelift will give you much more dramatic results, can clean up your neck and jawline, and will also remove jowling, plus lift and rejuvenate the face. Fat grafting can be accomplished at the same time, which will restore lost volume to the face.  I hope this helps.

What Are Pros and Cons of a Mini Face Lift?

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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
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Each surgeon’s “mini” facelift technique will vary and produce different results

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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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Mini Facelift

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Good Morning Cococat8

Thank you for your post. It does depend where you go and subject to consult you should be able to get the results you want.

Wrinkles and lines on the face and around the lips and eyes are a natural part of ageing that can be reduced by the use of facial fillers such as Dermal Fillers or Botox®. Dermal fillers are injections used to fill out wrinkles and creases in the skin.

For a more permanent solution you could have a faclift. If your skin is loose, sagging or creating the appearance of jowls you may be a good candidate for Concept™ Facelift Surgery. This type of Rhytidectomy is unique as the facelift is performed under local anaesthetic, and is less invasive than traditional methods, meaning the cosmetic surgery has a significantly faster recovery time.

The cosmetic procedure is similar to a mini facelift as it is performed with a short scar that runs in front of the ear, down to the ear lobe and tucked behind the ear. There will be no dressings or drains afterwards. This is performed as a day case, walk in-walk out procedure with minimal bruising and downtime.

Do your homework and find a qualified and reputable surgeon. Best of Luck

Mini lift vs. Ultherapy in Santa Monica

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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.

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Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Pros and Cons of a Miniface Lift

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  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

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 113 reviews

Pro and cons of a mini-lift

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Mini Facelift

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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
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

Mini facelifts are Great in the Right Hands!

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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
4.9 out of 5 stars 170 reviews

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