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Full or Mini Facelift: What’s Best for You?

Full or Mini Facelift: What's Best for You?

Elective surgery can yield very exciting results for patients, but even when performed under the best of circumstance, surgery is still an invasive procedure that requires careful consideration. Most of the patients I’ve encountered have voiced an interest in achieving maximum results with minimal invasiveness. This is largely the reason why the mini facelift in Chicago has seen quite a rise in popularity over the last several years.

The procedure, sometimes called the “short-scar” facelift, often touts facelift-caliber results with a smaller incision and reduced recuperation time. Let’s look at the differences between a full facelift and mini facelift.

Full Facelift

The popular traditional full facelift is customized based on each patient’s requirements. However, the average full facelift targets the jawline, cheeks, and other areas of laxity and wrinkles in the lower face. Facelift is the best option for improving moderate and severe signs of aging, and its results can reduce the signs of aging by about 10 years.

Recuperation after a full facelift can take up to 2 weeks and is mostly due to the vascularity of the face. Bruising and swelling are common side effects, but a normal recovery is not known to be exceptionally painful or difficult. A full facelift usually requires incisions around the ear and behind the hairline. Once fully healed, these incisions are usually quite discreet because they’re concealed by normal hair growth.

The results of facelift surgery can be complemented by brow lift, neck lift, and eyelid surgery. However, many patients find that a facelift yields impressive results on its own.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is an abbreviated form of the traditional facelift, and is tailored to address problematic areas while minimizing surgical dissection in areas with fewer aging changes. This procedure is appropriate for treating mild and moderate laxity, lines, and wrinkles in the neck and midface, especially the cheeks. This version of facelift is a bit less invasive than a traditional facelift, but it still requires surgery and typically local anesthesia with sedation.

The mini facelift is great for helping people with earlier signs of aging “tighten up” and postpone the aging process. I use incisions that are limited to the area directly around the ears, ensuring scars that are nearly invisible once healed. One reason for the popularity of the mini facelift is its recovery time of only about 1 week. More limited dissection and incisions combined with meticulous technique substantially reduces the recovery time.

Mini facelift can be enhanced with injectable fillers or eyelid surgery for a more comprehensive result.

While they differ in technique and recuperation time, both mini facelift and facelift are surgical procedures. It’s important to carefully choose a surgeon who offers demonstrated expertise in your technique of choice to ensure a smooth recuperation and attractive, long-lasting results.

It’s important to look for a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. I invite you to request your appointment with me by contacting my practice. I look forward to working with you and helping you discover the best version of yourself.

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