Where a traditional facelift was once the only way to address the common signs of ageing, today, women have the option of addressing the earlier signs of ageing without having to undergo a full facelift – enter the mini facelift.
The fact that the surgery requires fewer incisions, which results in less scarring, is one of the biggest appeals of the surgery. Unfortunately, it’s not ideal for everyone. Here is what you need to know.
Key Things You Need to Know about Mini Facelifts
The procedure is not ideal for advanced facial sagging
Believe it or not, the mini facelift came before the traditional facelift, with the first procedure being performed in Germany over 100 years ago. The surgery was so simple that the incisions were actually closed up using horse hair. Since the results of a mini facelift are not as extensive as the traditional version of the surgery, it’s only ideal for candidates with mild facial sagging. Mini facelift patients still have enough elasticity in their skin to recover from this procedure and are usually in their 30s and 40s. While smaller scars and faster recovery times sound appealing, if you’re not an ideal candidate for the procedure, you could end up with unsatisfactory results that will require further surgery.
A mini facelift focuses on the lower half of the face
The lower half of the face, which also includes the jawline, is where men and women tend to see the first signs of aging. Gravity tends to take hold of the lower half of the face first, creating sagging, creases around the mouth and a less defined jawline. It’s for this reason that double chins also become more common with age. A mini facelift targets the early signs of aging by tightening the skin and redefining the jawline, resulting in a younger, more contoured face. The results of a mini facelift will last several years. These
Additional non-surgical procedures may be required
While a mini facelift addresses the lower half of the face, there may still be other areas of the face that show signs of ageing. In order to get your entire face to look smooth and rejuvenated, additional non-surgical procedures may also be required. For example, you’ll want to address the lines across your forehead and the wrinkles around your eyes, so that your entire face looks the part. Treatments such as platelet-rich plasma therapy, fillers and anti-wrinkle injections can complement and enhance the results of your mini facelift. Your cosmetic surgeon will be able to assist you with a tailored treatment plan that will address the areas of your face that are showing the most noticeable signs of ageing.
If you’re still unsure whether a mini facelift is the right procedure for you, schedule a consultation with a qualified and experienced surgeon who can provide you with their professional opinion.