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What is the difference between a facelift and a mini facelift?

Facelift surgery does not need to be a complicated procedure. If you are considering a facelift but are hesitant due to the length of recovery time involved, a “mini” might be right for you. Mini Facelifts make it possible to avoid much of the scarring that may be associated with the full facelift surgery and may more accurately align with your goals. When choosing a procedure, it is important to know the difference between a full and a mini facelift.

An Ideal Candidate: The Mini Facelift

The ideal age for a mini facelift is between 35 and 50 years old.  Environmental factors and heredity play a huge role in how a face will age but many individuals tend to start notice mild to moderate facial sagging within this age range.  These attributes make an ideal candidate for a mini facelift because patients the results of the mini-facelift are more subtle and can reverse the clock on these mild-to-moderate concerns.

There are cases in which a 50+ person might be a good candidate for the mini facelift. This is dependent on the intensity of the lines and how quickly collagen production has slowed and how much elastin has broken down in the patient’s skin.  The patient’s bone structure also plays an important role in how quickly he or she will see noticeable sagging.  If you have questions on your candidacy for the mini-facelift, be sure to contact our office today.

A Less Dramatic Change and an Enhanced Appearance

The mini facelift will offer you an enhanced appearance with more modest results than a full facelift. Depending on the patient’s goals, these results might be more in line with the natural change they are looking for. Looking and feeling younger is still the main result of a mini facelift, and patients can benefit from smooth, tightened skin.

The final results of a mini facelift are visible within 3-6 months of your procedure and are long-lasting.

Recovery for a Mini Facelift

The most reported benefit of the mini facelift is a faster and easier recovery period. Patients will still experience some bruising, swelling, and redness in their face but many of these symptoms resolve completely with a couple of weeks. Most patients recover from a mini facelift within three weeks, whereas a full facelift requires two to three months to recover.

Not Sure if a Surgical Option is Right for You?

Patients who want a mini facelift but want a less invasive approach with no need for anesthesia, they may want to consider a Z Lightning Lift.  This procedure is done in the office under local anesthetic to correct sagging skin on the neck and jowls.  Dr. Zuliani is able to customize each procedure to suit his patient’s needs.  The Z Lightning Lift provides lasting results with reduced downtime.  Learn more about this procedure here.

Set Up Your Consultation Today

Contact Zuliani Facial Aesthetics and set up your consultation to enjoy younger-looking skin for the rest of your life. Dr. Giancarlo Zuliani is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who will provide personalized treatment customized to meet your unique needs.