Facelift vs Mini Facelift- What’s the difference?

Dr. David Stoker a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles. Facial rejuvenation patients frequently ask, “What is a facelift versus a mini facelift?” The procedures are similar, but a facelift is more extensive. A mini facelift is a shorter operation; the incisions are going to be shorter, but the improvement is also going to be more modest.

Most patients in my practice do some type of lower face and neck lift, lower facelift, or facelift as opposed to a mini facelift because they really want to get some significant improvement from the procedure for patients who have had previous facial rejuvenation facelift operations. A mini facelift, in some cases, can be a nice option where they still get a significant amount of improvement for somebody who’s waited into the late 50s, 60s, or later for facial rejuvenation. It’s unlikely a mini facelift is going to be enough for them.

Procedures that are commonly combined with a Traceless Facelift include:

Laser skin resurfacing: Many patients who want a facelift also have sun-damaged skin, wrinkles, or skin discoloration that can be addressed with fractional CO2 laser treatments. This ablative laser is very effective and often requires only a single treatment to obtain the desired results. With a patient under general anesthesia, the treatment can penetrate to deeper layers of the skin.

Upper and lower blepharoplasty: The delicate skin under the eyes can also be treated with a laser, but eyelid surgery is also an option. Upper eyelid surgery creates a more rested look.

Brow lift: A sagging brow can look even worse if a patient undergoes facial rejuvenation without a brow lift.

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