Full Facelift versus Mini Facelift-Which One Is For Me?

Facelift and mini facelift

Facial Rejuvenation

If you feel Botox and Juvederm are no longer enough, you may be considering a face lift. If so you are not alone. Facelifts are one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed for men and women, and men are leading that percentage increase. According to a survey done in 2015 by ASAPS a facelift was one of the top surgical procedures chosen by men.

The term facelift is not limited to one type of procedure. Every face is unique and ages in different ways. Many factors contribute to the loss of youthful contours in the face, and age is only one of these factors. Hereditary, environmental and stress factors are leading younger people to choose facial cosmetic procedures as a way of maintaining their youthful appearance.

The most common signs of aging occur around the mid-face, jowls and neck between the age of 40 and 60. The skin around the face and neck begin to sag as it becomes less elastic and facial features become less defined as muscles weaken. If you are experiencing any of the following you may consider consulting with an experienced face lift surgeon to explore your surgical options:

  • Volume loss in the cheeks
  • Corners of the mouth turn down
  • Jowls appear from the loss of skin tone
  • Jawline loses its contour
  • Decreased angle between chin and neck
  • Appearance of a double chin

Once the decision is made to do a facelift, there is one more consideration: do you need a full facelift, or will a min-facelift be sufficient to fulfill your goals?

A Full Facelift or a Mini Facelift?

There are distinct differences between a mini and full facelift. These differences relate to how much improvement can be achieved, and how long it will take to recover.

Compare a Traditional Facelift to a Mini Face lift infographic

A Naturally Younger Appearance

While a facelift won’t stop the aging process it remains popular due to the long lasting results. The best facelifts result in a natural more revitalized appearance. Carefully consider your plastic surgeon choice when deciding on your face lift procedure. It is best to research the before and after results from your choice of qualified plastic surgeons. Review their website and ask for additional testimonials and pictures which showcase their expertise. Always choose a certified plastic surgeon that has had rigorous training, examinations and meets all recertification requirements as outlined by the ABPS. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery memberships require this certification and can be a useful tool to research surgeons in your location.

Still unsure which type of Facelift you need?

Choosing between a full facelift and mini facelift can be a difficult decision. Consider meeting with an experienced facial plastic surgeon who can offer you a personalized consultation.
Dr. Paul Gardner at Gardner Plastic Surgery consults with each patient to discuss their personal goals and tailor the procedure to that individual patient. Gardner Plastic surgery located in Naples, Florida is well known for facial plastic surgery expertise. For a facelift consultation call 239.566.2611 today!

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