Facelift vs. Mini Facelift

Traditional facelift surgery is an excellent cosmetic procedure for many women and men who wish to address various signs of aging throughout much of the face and neck. However, depending on the severity of one’s concerns—as well as where the concerns are located—a modified version of facelift surgery known as a mini facelift may be a better solution for certain individuals.

A traditional, full facelift is often ideally suited for patients whose concerns include moderate to significant wrinkles and creases, sagging skin, volume loss, and/or fat displacement located anywhere from the midface down through the neck. Treatment generally involves careful tightening of the SMAS layer and removal of excess skin for a more youthful look and improved facial/neck contour. In addition, complementary procedures like fat transfer, eyelid surgery, brow lift, and others can be performed in combination to further enhance the results. In contrast, a mini facelift is typically reserved for patients whose concerns are mild to moderate in nature and limited to the lower face and upper neck. This reduced treatment area allows tissue tightening and extra skin removal to be performed using a smaller incision, and the average recovery period is slightly shorter in comparison.

If you are interested in facelift surgery, we recommend scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has considerable experience and proven results using both methods. By doing so, you can help to ensure the most appropriate and beneficial facelift option is performed for your specific needs and desires.