How Mini-Facelift Surgery Differs From A Traditional Lift

If you're interested in getting a surgical facelift to correct sagging skin, sagging around your eyelids, and to smooth out wrinkles, plan to have an in-depth discussion with your surgeon first. There are different procedures, and you'll want to understand how they work and which type is right for you. You might find a mini-facelift would be a good choice. Here's how a mini procedure is different from traditional facelift surgery.

The Incisions Are Hidden Behind Your Ear

A mini-facelift has the potential to leave fewer noticeable scars since the incision is made behind the ears rather than in front. The incisions are hidden in your hair, so they are kept out of sight. This is a nice benefit if you're worried about scars. However, surgeons always try to minimize scars, so you should discuss these concerns with your doctor.

The Procedure Might Be Best For Mild Sagging

Your surgeon helps you manage your expectations for the surgery. You might like the benefits of a mini-lift, but if you have a lot of sagging, the mini-lift might not give you the results you want, especially if you want your neck lifted and tightened too. A mini-lift might be more suitable for you if you have mild sagging, eyelid drooping, and mild wrinkles.

Recovery Time Is Quicker And Cost Is Less

If you opt for a mini-lift, you'll probably recover quicker and be back to work sooner than if you have a traditional facelift surgery. You may also experience less discomfort as you recover. A mini-lift costs less than a full lift too. One reason for this is that the procedure can be done in your surgeon's office using local and IV sedation, so you avoid the added cost of a surgery center and general anesthesia.

Additional Treatments Can Be Done

Your surgeon might recommend other treatments to be done along with your mini-lift at the same time. For instance, you might have radiofrequency treatments that help tighten your neck while the mini-lift focuses on your mid and upper face. Since different surgeons may have different ways of performing a mini-facelift, be sure to understand what the surgeon offers and explain what you hope to achieve.

This ensures you are both working toward the same goal and increases the chance that you'll be happy with the results that you'll live with for several years.

Proper Skincare Helps The Results Last Longer

It's also important to talk to your doctor about how to care for your skin once you've healed from facelift surgery. One of the most important things you can do is protect your skin from the sun. Plus, your surgeon may have recommendations on how to care for your skin and what products to use.