The mini-facelift (also referred to as a mini-lift or short-scar facelift) addresses the most common signs of aging—think sagging skin on the lower part of the face and possibly the upper part of the neck—like a conventional facelift. However, surgery and marketing terms are synonymous, making it hard to separate a mini facelift from those procedures that claim to be one. Here, what to look for—and what to avoid:
“A true mini-lift corrects the underlying structure and loose skin. Tightening just the skin (a skin lift) won’t give long-lasting results. Be wary of anything that claims dramatic results in under an hour without anesthesia—it isn’t a true facelift, nor will it give significant lasting improvement,” says Beverly Hills, CA, plastic surgeon Garo Kassabian, MD. “Understand the incision and what type of scar you’ll be left with. If just the skin is lifted, extra tension is put on the skin causing thick, wide scars. A lot of patients are misled and think they are getting a mini facelift because a doctor tells them there will be a shorter scar,” explains Dr. Kassabian. “Always look for a board-certified plastic surgeon who is fully trained in facial surgery and performing facelifts. Don’t look for shortcuts or to nonqualified doctors—that’s where a lot of problems arise,” says Dr. Kassabian.
Remember, no matter what type of facial rejuvenation procedure is being performed on you, it should be done only in accredited or licensed surgical facilities, with appropriate monitoring by approved anesthesia providers. Safety and sterility should always be the main considerations.