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Full Facelift vs Mini Facelift: Which is Right for You?

As we age, the skin on our face starts to sag and lose elasticity. This can lead to wrinkles, jowls, and other signs of aging. Facelift surgery is a popular solution for those who want to rejuvenate their appearance and turn back the clock. However, with so many different types of facelifts available, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you. In this blog post, we will compare and contrast the mini facelift and the full facelift, so you can make an informed decision.

Full Facelift

The full facelift, also known as a traditional facelift, is a more extensive procedure that targets the entire face, including the forehead, cheeks, jowls, and neck. It involves larger incisions and more extensive tissue and muscle work than the mini facelift. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes 3-5 hours to complete.

Results and Duration

The results of a full facelift are more dramatic than those of a mini facelift, with a longer recovery time. Patients can expect to take 2-3 weeks off work and may experience swelling and bruising for several weeks after the procedure. However, the results of a full facelift are longer-lasting, with an average of 10-15 years of noticeable improvements.

Mini Facelift

The mini facelift is a less invasive version of the traditional facelift. It targets the lower third of the face, including the jowls and the neck, and involves smaller incisions than the full facelift. During the procedure, the surgeon will lift and tighten the underlying muscles and tissues and remove any excess skin. The procedure can be done under local anesthesia and typically takes 1-2 hours to complete.

Results and Duration

The results of a mini facelift are generally subtle and natural-looking, with a shorter recovery time than a full facelift. Patients can usually return to work within 1-2 weeks and see full results within a few months. However, the results of a mini facelift are not as long-lasting as those of a full facelift. On average, a mini facelift provides results that last for 5-7 years.

Which is Right for You?

The decision to have a mini facelift or a full facelift will depend on your individual needs and goals. If you have mild to moderate signs of aging and are looking for a less invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time, a mini facelift may be the best option for you. However, if you have more extensive signs of aging and are looking for more dramatic and longer-lasting results, a full facelift may be the better choice.

If you’re considering a facelift, it’s important to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your needs and guide you towards the best treatment decision. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Widenhouse at Port City Plastic Surgery and get started on your facelift journey.

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