Most people are familiar with the traditional or full facelift that tightens the skin on the entire face, but the mini facelift is lesser known. Nevertheless, it is fast gaining popularity, and more people are asking, ‘Do I need a traditional facelift, or am I a good candidate for a mini facelift.’
About the mini facelift
The mini facelift targets specific areas in the mid-face region, such as the cheeks and jowls. It is generally performed on an outpatient basis, under local anesthesia. Much smaller incisions are required when compared to the traditional facelift. The incisions are usually made around the hairline, but this depends on the areas being addressed.
During the procedure the plastic surgeon will remove excess fat and reshape the muscles. The recovery time for the mini facelift is shorter than it is for the standard facelift.
Is the mini facelift right for you?
If you are experiencing the first signs of aging, you may be good candidate for a mini facelift. The procedure is generally recommended for individuals with minor sagging around the cheeks and jawline. Skin laxity should however be minimal. Patients with a high degree of skin laxity, as well as significant neck bands, are generally advised to have a traditional facelift. Typical candidates for a mini-facelift are in their 40’s.
A mini-facelift will add definition to the lower face, and eliminate full jowls. It is an affordable way to rejuvenate the face, if you are not yet ready for surgery.
It’s always advisable to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon, to determine if you would be a good candidate for a mini facelift. If you live in Baltimore or its environs, contact Dr. Nia Banks of the Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery, Lanham, MD. Call 301-880-7022 today for a consultation.