Despite the popular saying, many Americans are realizing that in fact bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to facial plastic surgery. Nonsurgical and minimally-invasive treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic, injectable fillers, and laser skin rejuvenation are helping women and men look their best without having to go under the knife.
But when it comes to facial cosmetic surgery, you still have less-invasive options. Let’s focus on the face lift. For more than 100 years, face lifts have been performed to tighten the jaw line and remove wrinkles on the cheeks and neck. For most of that century, the procedure had little variation in surgical technique and patient results. But now many people are benefitting from a “mini” version of this procedure that can produce some significantly satisfying results.
So what puts the “mini” in mini face lift? For starters, this procedure requires a smaller incision than the traditional face lift method. To begin a full face lift, a surgeon makes an incision that runs from the temple of the hairline, down around the ear, and out toward the nape of the neck. The mini face lift shortens this incision so that the majority of the incision is made by the front of the ear where it connects with the upper jaw. As you can probably guess, smaller incisions translate into less visible scarring, and an experienced plastic surgeon should be able to hide the incisions in the natural folds by the ear.
Another “mini” in this procedure is the recovery time. A traditional face lift procedure can require 2 full weeks of downtime and recovery, while patients can be ready to return to work following a mini face lift in 7 to 10 days. That’s why some have called it a “weekend” lift – have your procedure on a Thursday or Friday and you can be ready to return to work early the next week.
Of course, the thing to keep in mind when considering a mini face lift is that you are unable to fully correct heavy excess skin of the neck, as you can with a full face and neck lift. That being said, patients are often amazed by how much correction can be achieved through such small incisions. It is an ideal procedure for women and men in their 30s to 50s who could benefit from a less-aggressive surgical option.
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