What is a Mini Face Lift?
The mini facelift is known as a less invasive type of facelift surgery. Facelift is an extensive surgery package and it often includes different combinations of procedures, such as neck lift, temple lift, eyelid lift(blepharoplasty), mid facelift, lower facelift etc.
A mini facelift can be defined as a less extensive approach that targets the early signs of facial aging. The biggest difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift is that the mini facelift addresses to a smaller area. The incision is significantly shorter and soft tissue output is less.
This operation does not really address to neck related issues. This may be appropriate for younger patients who are in the beginning phase of developing laxity on the skin. If the correct indication matches the correct patient, the results can be fascinating. It can be a good choice for younger patients who do not require a full facelift. However, if a patient needs a more extensive facelift, this operation will be insufficient.
To be able to perform the ideal mini facelift surgery, the plastic surgeon should analyze the lax areas on the patient’s face. If the patient has a sagging neck or deep lines on the face, a full facelift may be a wiser choice for the patient. If the patient does not have too much excess skin on face and a minor correction will be helpful then, a mini facelift is a suitable solution.
The ideal patients for a mini facelift are usually in their late 30s, 40s, or early 50s. These patients do not much but little sagging, and their bone structure is good and the fat reserve on the face is preserved. The name of this type of surgery may create the perception that it is less invasive because it is called ‘Mini’, but in reality, it should be treated like any other surgical lifting approach.
This surgery is performed via using minimal incisions to remove sagging and deformations on face. The incisions are stored within natural curves and on the hairline, so that no visible scars remain. The recently developed new techniques ensure that the results of these facial lifting surgeries are more natural, the scars are much shorter and the duration of the surgery has also been reduced.
How is Mini Facelift Surgery Performed?
Facelift surgery is an operation performed in a hospital environment with general anesthesia. It is recommended that the patient stays in the hospital for 1 night. This surgery is performed via incisions that are made inside and behind the ear. In the surgery, these cuts are made without any visible scars as they are hidden in the natural curves and hairline. It can be performed with different combinations of operation (blepharoplasty, fat injection, temple lift etc.) according to the needs of the patient.