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Facelift or Mini Facelift?

Facelift or Mini Facelift?

If you’re considering a facelift or Rhytidectomy, you’re probably looking to improve sagging and aging in your face and neck. Jowls, loose skin and fat in the neck, lines around your nose, and other signs of relaxation of the skin may all be reasons to point you in this direction. But do you need a full facelift or should you be considering a mini? Let’s check out these few subtle differences.

Mini Facelift

Pros: One advantage of the mini is that it is less extensive, which means lower cost and possibly less recovery time. This is typically performed on candidates with early signs of aging in their 40’s and early 50’s.

Procedure: A mini facelift will lift, remove, and rearrange tissue in the lower half of the face. It will produce skin tightening around the neck and jowls to improve the look of your jawline.

Scarring: The incision for a mini facelift typically runs in front of the earlobe and behind the ear. These can be easily concealed behind your hair and ears.

Full Facelift

Pros: A full facelift has longer-lasting results of up to 15 years, whereas a mini is closer to five. This procedure is typically performed on candidates with greater signs of aging.

Procedure: A facelift can be coupled with upper and lower eyelid surgery, a brow lift, tissue tightening and fat sculpting to replace fullness in lost areas. As you can see, based on your needs it can target many difference areas for those needing more dramatic changes.

Scarring: Incisions for a full procedure are typically below the sideburns and ears. Both the mini and full facelift incisions are hidden in inconspicuous areas that can be easily hidden with most hairstyles, especially as the scars fade.

So, which one is right for you? To make sure all of your target areas are addressed, contact the board-certified plastic surgeons of Associates in Plastic Surgery in Virginia and schedule your consultation today!

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    Julie Jackson

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