The majority of my patients between the age of 40 and 55 need a mini facelift. The biggest determination is the amount of laxity in the neck skin. If you just have laxity in the upper neck you're very appropriate just to do a mini facelift. If you have a lot of laxity all the way down to the base of your neck, the only way you can pull all that up is with a full facelift.
Q: Should I get a mini facelift or a full facelift? Which is a better procedure and how can I tell which I need?
What our experts say:
These operations are really intended to direct specific problems. You have to have a full range of tools in your tool kit or arrows in your quiver. We assess patients individually to determine which lift fits their specific needs. We try to choose the procedure that gives the best results with the least risk and the least amount of downtime. If we can get away with a smaller incision and still get an excellent effect, then we will do it.
Facial Plastic Surgeon