Mini Facelift Surgery FAQs
Many women and men in their 40s and 50s start to see the first signs of facial skin laxity and sagging that begins to make them look and feel ‘older’. And while they aren’t ready for (and don’t really need) a ‘full’ facelift – they would like to reverse the drooping and deeper wrinkles that are starting to develop.
A mini facelift is an excellent option for women and men who have started noticing facial skin laxity and other effects of aging, including the beginning of jowls, neck looseness, and deepening nasolabial folds (“marionette lines”).
In this article, top Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali answers patient’s frequently asked questions about the revolutionary “mini facelift”.
What’s the difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift?
A mini facelift is similar to a full facelift, in that it addresses sagging skin, jawline and neck laxity, and folds in the lower part of the face – but in a less invasive manner. Since there is less extensive incisions and cutting in a mini facelift procedure, it can be performed in a few hours.
Generally, a mini facelift addresses the lower face, jowls and upper neck regions, while a full facelift often also includes the midface and the full neck. Because a mini facelift is less invasive, the downtime and recovery period is about half that of a full facelift.
Does a mini facelift last as long as a full facelift?
There are many factors that affect the longevity of both a mini facelift and a full facelift because every patient is different. The patient’s unique skin condition, lifestyle (smoking, tanning, athletics), sun exposure, and weight changes will affect how long any facelift lasts.
However, generally, since the mini facelift is a less invasive procedure, its results will typically last somewhat less than a full facelift. But in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali, a good candidate who takes proper care of their skin, may see his or her mini facelift results for several years.
What’s the recovery time for a mini facelift?
In general, mini facelift patients can return to work and activities out of the house as early as one week after surgery. This is about half the time of full facelift surgery recovery. There is also much less swelling and bruising with a mini facelift – and usually minor bruising that may be covered with foundation or make-up.
What is the price difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift?
In addition to less recovery time, a mini facelift is also cheaper than traditional face lift surgery. Typically, a full facelift costs roughly 2 to 3 times more than a mini facelift.
Who is a good candidate for a mini facelift?
A mini facelift is an excellent option for men and women who are starting to notice aging changes – such as skin laxity and jowls – and who desire an improvement in their appearance without a drastic transformation.
A mini facelift is also a good option for those who simply don’t have the time or desire to go through a more extensive surgery and opt instead for a mini facelift.
Most of our mini facelift patients at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI are in their 40s, 50s or 60s. But there is no cut-off age for a mini facelift. Depending on patient’s overall health, skin condition, and treatment goals patients in their 70s and beyond may also undergo a mini facelift.
Can a mini facelift be combined with other procedures?
Absolutely! At AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI we offer a wide array of minimally invasive skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments that can be used in conjunction with a mini facelift. The Profound, CO2RE and Morpheus8 microneedling use bipolar radiofrequency technology to help to increase elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid in the skin. When these are added to the mini facelift, they can improve the tone and texture of the skin, making the results even better and longer lasting.
What Will My Mini Facelift Look Like?
AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI is among the first and only aesthetic practices in Michigan to offer state-of-the-art Vectra 3D imaging during the patient’s mini facelift consultation. This revolutionary technology provides a three-dimensional, computerized image of the patient’s face from every angle that shows your surgical options – and the expected results – before your mini facelift! With Vectra 3D imaging you can literally see your mini facelift “before and after” before you commit to undergoing surgery!
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If you are considering a mini facelift Dr. Ali will offer you a discreet, no pressure consultation to explain your options, answer all of your questions, and help you select the surgery (or other antiaging procedure) that is right for you.
Dr. Ali is a board certified plastic surgeon, and one of the Birmingham Michigan area’s top facelift doctor. He has helped hundreds of men and women in Birmingham, the greater Detroit area, and Southeast Michigan look younger and more attractive with mini facelift and full facelift surgery! And, financing options are also available.