Mini Facelift vs. Full Facelift

By Dr. Christopher Cote and Dr. Nicolette Picerno on March 21, 2018 under Facelift

Mini Facelift vs. Full Facelift

The facelift is a popular procedure that can make a huge difference in your appearance. The surgical procedure can address facial sagging, folds, and wrinkles, tightening the underlying tissues and taking years off your appearance! However, some patients do not need the full facelift to get the rejuvenation they need and might opt for the less expensive mini facelift. Keep reading to find out how these techniques differ and which one you can benefit from.

Mini Facelift vs Full Facelift Procedure

The main difference between a mini and full facelift in Denver is their incision size and pattern and how much tissues are lifted. The full facelift involves incisions starting just above the ears, going around the ears, and ending at the back of the ears. Tissue in the midface can then be tightened to smooth out wrinkles and reduce sagging. Excess skin is removed as well. This type of facelift targets the cheeks, sides of the face, lower face, and jawline.

For a mini facelift, smaller incisions are made in front of the ears, concealed by the natural creases. The tissue is repositioned, and excess skin is removed. This type of life targets the jawline, jowls, and neck areas.

Full Facelift vs Mini Facelift Results

The facelift technique that you choose will depend on the extent of your facial concerns and the results you wish to receive. For older women who experience significant sagging and wrinkling over a large portion of their face, the full facelift can give the full-facial rejuvenation they need. However, for younger patients who are just starting to experience signs of aging with jowls or creases between the nose and the mouth, a mini facelift might be all that is required.

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The Pros and Cons

The mini facelift appeals to patients because it is less expensive and usually requires a shorter recovery, often referred to as the “Weekend Facelift.” However, a mini facelift will not give significant results like the full facelift can and typically lasts about five years. On the other hand, a full facelift can last up to 15 years and can significantly improve signs of aging but will cost you more money and recovery time.

If you’re still unsure about which facelift is best for you, a board-certified surgeon can give you an evaluation and assist in your decision. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule your consultation, contact our office today!