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. But the biggest bone of contention isn’t how long the results last but rather how long the incisions are, the shorter recovery period and the type of anesthesia used.
The benefits of a mini-lift include a shorter recovery time, smaller scars and permanent correction with subtle improvement. “You shouldn’t see that ‘pulled look’ with any procedure, whether it is a mini-lift or full facelift, if there is good support of the tissue under the skin,” says La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD. General anesthesia is not always required for mini-lifts, nor for conventional facelifts.
Mini-lifts usually do not correct overly slack skin and large amounts of wrinkles. “If there’s a lot of excess skin, an extended incision may be needed, which can mirror an extensive facelift,” says Asheville, NC, facial plastic surgeon David Harley, MD. If you have laxity, don’t expect much change in the cheeks, neck or jowls. With smaller incisions, less work can be done under the skin—in older patients this can show up as under-correcting the problem.
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. Click here to find a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.