What Is the Difference Between Mini Facelift and Facelift Surgery?

October 9, 2020

The term “mini facelift” suggests that the procedure is dramatically different and much less expensive than a full facelift. This is typically not true. Although a common characteristic of the surgery is smaller incisions and often quicker recovery times, the definition of mini facelift is not set in stone, and the procedure may be performed in different ways by different surgeons.

Experienced Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Min S. Ahn often recommends mini facelift for patients who have loose jowls but relatively good skin integrity in other areas of the face and neck.

For such patients, he makes a small incision along the contour of the ear and tightens the jawline by pulling tissue upward through the cheeks. Unlike full facelift, the procedure does not target the neck, nor include brow lift or eyelid lift.

Distinctions and Similarities

A traditional facelift trims years from a patient’s appearance by tightening facial skin and muscles, while sometimes also removing skin and fat. The procedure targets displaced fat and sagging tissue on the cheeks, creases beneath the lower eyelids, excess skin and fat along the jawline, and furrows between the nose and corners of the mouth.

Facelift performed by a skilled plastic surgeon will typically last about 10 years. Mini facelift will last 8-10 years. For both facelift and mini facelift, recovery is measured in weeks, not days. Both are major surgical procedures.

Swelling is a key aspect of healing for each procedure. Swelling builds during the first three to four days after surgery. It is accompanied by bruising and some pain, which can be managed with prescribed medication. 

Whether you choose to have facelift or mini facelift, plan to stay home for one to two weeks after surgery. You should be able to resume most normal activities in a month, although your face will continue to heal for up to a year. 

To learn more about facelift or mini facelift, or to schedule an appointment, call or email Dr. Min S. Ahn of The Aesthetic Wellness Center today.

The Dr. Ahn Difference

Dr. Ahn specializes in facial aesthetic rejuvenation and understands that patients need individualized care catered to their unique goals and considerations. Using his artistic eye, surgical experience and wide-ranging skills, he guides his clients through this highly personal process; whether it be a minimally invasive treatment or a cosmetically transforming surgery.

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