When considering a facial rejuvenation procedure, it is well known that a facelift can produce dramatic results in eliminating loose skin folds in the neck and cheeks, not to mention tightening up the appearance of static and dynamic wrinkles. However, a full facelift is not always necessary. In this instance, a mini facelift could be a better option.
There are 2 major differences between a facelift and a mini facelift. The first of these differences is the incision, which is made in the front of the ear and extends up into the hairline, above and around the bottom of the ear to the hairline on the back of the neck. A mini facelift only requires 3 small cuts, but also means speedier recovery time, local anesthesia versus general anesthesia, outpatient surgery vs one night stay at the surgical facility and shorter surgery time. The other difference is the problem areas are different, a mini facelift is done when there is minimal signs of aging in the forehead and neck with loose skin in the mid face and jaw region. A full facelift generally includes forehead, cheek, jaw line and the neck areas.
The differences in effectiveness is a mini facelift will reduce minor sagging around the cheeks, jawline and neck. A mini facelift is intended for people who are beginning to experience signs of aging, usually seen in your 30s and 40s. It focuses on specific areas, but a mini facelift does not address the forehead or eyes like a facelift does.
Facial plastic surgeons in Mount Vernon say that the results of a facelift are permanent, the lasting effects of a mini facelift is known to be between 5-10 years. One of the biggest differences in these two procedures is the cost. A facelift approximately starts at $7,000 and can be as much as $15,000, whereas a mini facelift is generally between $3,500 – $6,500.
Contact a board certified facial plastic surgeon near you to get more information about a facelift and a mini facelift.
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