How is a mini facelift different from a traditional facelift?
While the two lifting procedures are similar, there are some significant differences between a full and a mini facelift. The primary difference is that a mini facelift is considered a conservative approach to sagging jowls and wrinkles because it focuses on the neck and bottom third of the face. Alternatively, a traditional lift focuses on the bottom two-thirds of the face and neck for more comprehensive lifting and facial rejuvenation.
Because a mini facelift is less invasive than a traditional facelift, the smaller incisions can be especially helpful for patients prone to irregular scarring. This is also one of the most significant mini facelift benefits.
A mini facelift is also different from a complete facelift in the following ways. For example:
- Smaller incisions require less recovery time
- The results of a mini lift are considered more durable than a traditional facelift
- Most mini facelift patients are between 30 and 40, while total lift patients are between 60 and 70
- While recovery from a complete facelift lasts one month, just two weeks after your mini lift, you can return to work or school
- The procedure commonly uses a local anesthetic and twilight sedation combination, which decreases anesthesia side effects such as nausea and vomiting
- A mini facelift causes less recovery pain than a complete facelift