If you have issues with the look of your face, specifically, the effects of aging, you may want to consider getting a facelift. Depending on your concerns, you can choose either a full facelift or mini facelift. These are two different procedures that can rejuvenate your look, but both are surgical. It’s important to know the differences so you can choose which one is right for you.
What are the Differences Between a Full and Mini Facelift?
A full facelift, also known as a traditional facelift, involves a more extensive procedure that addresses the entire face. A mini facelift addresses only a certain area or areas of the face. With either procedure, the skin is separated with incisions so that the muscle and tissue can be tightened, contoured or even removed depending on the issue and the patient’s wishes. Overall, a facelift gives a more long-lasting effect as opposed to more temporary measures such as dermal injections.
Both types of facelifts involve restructuring and tightening of the skin, tissue and muscle. However, the mini facelift covers less of the face being treated, which also allows for a shorter period of time during the procedure. Usually, a mini facelift addresses the upper neck and jowl region.
Recover Time for the Two Procedures
Recovery times for the two respective types of facelift procedures are different as well. Because a mini facelift covers less of the face and takes a shorter time to perform, the recovery is also less than that of a full facelift. Mini facelifts also involve smaller incisions and less tissue being affected. Generally, a mini facelift is less invasive than a full facelift.
Differences in How Long They Last
The full facelift and mini facelift are procedures that create changes in the skin and tissue of your face. This is a drastic difference from the effects of injectables like Botox, which are merely temporary and require additional treatments. As a result, either type of facelift will allow you to enjoy your results for a long time. Mini facelifts usually last around five or more years, half of what you can expect with a full facelift. This is because less of your face is addressed with the procedure as compared with the full facelift. In other words, the areas of your face that were not addressed with your mini facelift can show the natural effects of aging.
Which Type of Facelift is Better for You?
In general, it’s really up to you to decide whether a full facelift or mini facelift is more appropriate for you. If you prefer the “less is more” approach and feel that a smaller portion of your face needs freshening up, you may want to opt for a mini facelift. However, you should note that this procedure typically addresses sagging issues in the lower portion of the face and the neck.
If you have a problem with wrinkles and deep frown lines throughout your face, you would probably be better suited for a full facelift. Whatever the case, you can speak with a plastic surgeon to determine which type of facelift would be better for you.
If you live in Tennessee and are interested in getting a full facelift or mini facelift, contact Maxwell Aesthetics to schedule your consultation.