Anti-aging procedures abound nowadays, but one cosmetic treatment has become popular: the mini facelift. It is a method that involves using small incisions to remove excess skin and pull up sagging skin. The result is a tighter, less wrinkled profile.

Is Mini Facelift Right for You?

Anti-aging procedures abound nowadays, but one cosmetic treatment has become popular: the mini facelift. It is a method that involves using small incisions to remove excess skin and pull up sagging skin. The result is a tighter, less wrinkled profile. Clients considering a mini facelift want the benefits of the usual facelift but with fewer incisions in the process. 

Let us discuss the process involved in a mini facelift and the advantages and risks you have to watch out for with this type of procedure.

What is a Mini Face Lift?

A mini facelift is done to remove excess or saggy skin on the jawline, neck, and around the face. While it is called a mini facelift, it is still a major cosmetic procedure where incisions will be made - usually behind the ear and on the hairline.

Upon assessment, your cosmetic surgeon will determine if you will need to be sedated or use a local anesthetic to carry out the incisions and tightening process. The surgeon may also perform a fat transfer, where fat harvested from other parts of the body could augment certain areas of the face to restore a plumper, more balanced facial structure.

Mini Facelift Procedure

A mini facelift requires either general or local anesthesia, depending on what your surgeon recommends. Once you are under anesthesia, the surgeon will create small incisions around the ears or behind it and the hairline. You could also have an eye lift or brow lift done in conjunction with this procedure to achieve a more complete lift overall. These address the upper portion of your face because the mini facelift only focuses on the jawline, cheeks, and neck.

What Makes a Mini Facelift Different from a Traditional Facelift?

While both are invasive cosmetic procedures that use incisions to achieve a less sagged appearance, a mini facelift involves less skin and fewer incisions in the process. Essentially, because a mini facelift addresses minor facial sagging issues, it will also require less downtime for the patient who undergoes the procedure. This can be a great option for clients who don't need a full facelift but are seeing early signs of mild sagging at the jawline. It is also worth considering for clients who want to get rid of excess skin around the face.

Advantages of Opting for a Mini Facelift

There are several reasons why many favor a mini facelift over a traditional facelift or other anti-aging enhancements. These include:

Certified surgeons. Unlike other non-invasive cosmetic treatments, a mini facelift requires medical training. Hence, only licensed and board-certified plastic surgeons perform this invasive procedure. You are sure that the procedure is handled by specialists aligned with medical standards.

Shorter recovery time. Incisions made during a mini facelift are smaller than a traditional facelift. They will only reach the tissue right underneath the skin, called the musculoaponeurotic system. This means less bruising and faster recovery for patients, which will approximately take several weeks.

Less scarring. A mini facelift uses smaller incisions that create scars subtle enough to be hidden by the natural contours of your face and hairline. They will be virtually impossible to spot with the naked eye. That means you get the benefit of a lifted jawline and reduced wrinkles without the obvious scarring from a traditional facelift.

Get the Best Mini Facelift Results

A mini facelift is not as major an operation as a traditional facelift, but it is still invasive nonetheless. There are risks of complications and scarring if the procedure isn't done right. To get the best possible results without any health complications and with a youthful appearance (instead of an operated-upon look), you should consult a board-certified plastic surgeon. Schedule a consultation with Palmer Cosmetic Surgery to discuss your options, gain proper advice, and receive industry-standard treatment every step of the way.