If your aging concerns are confined to the midface area, a limited-incision facelift (or mini-facelift) procedure may provide the results you’re looking for with minimal scarring.
As the name implies, the mini-facelift is suited to those who have a limited amount of excess or sagging skin, and fewer concerns with a droopy brow, lower eyelid and in general, sagging in the midface, jawline and neck.
Limited-incision facelifts using short-scar and endoscopic facelift techniques reposition the underlying facial tissues to a more youthful contour.
In your 40s, if you have a mini-facelift, the rate at which the lower part of your face ages may be lessened.
It’s becoming more common for women in their 40s to have small facelift procedures—known as mini-lifts or short-scar lifts—to correct initial signs of aging and give better definition. “These procedures are different than a traditional facelift. They’re less invasive and small incisions can be hidden more easily, but may not produce a good cosmetic result in patients with greater tissue laxity and will not last as long as a traditional facelift.
Like a traditional facelift, during a mini-facelift, the underlying muscles are tightened, which provides a youthful boost to the brows and cheeks. A mini-lift keeps you looking younger longer.
Some considerations about mini-facelifts:
They target signs of aging in a particular area of the face. These procedures are called “limited” because they use abbreviated facelift incisions that give your surgeon access to limited areas of muscle, fat and excess skin.
They are appropriate for younger people who are starting to exhibit signs of droopy jowls, or people who have already had a lift, but once again are showing some signs of sagging.
Incisions are generally placed at the temples and in the hairline to give the surgeon access to the underlying tissues.
They are generally performed in one to four hours, usually with local anesthesia and/or sedation.
The results can make you look five to 10 years younger, but overall your face will continue to age naturally.
As with any surgical procedure, they carry the risk of nerve damage, infection, irregular scarring and complications related to anesthesia.
Some doctors are even trademarking specific techniques, which are essentially marketing techniques. It’s important to ask about surgical details such as incision placement of the targeted area and whether or not an endoscope is used in conjunction with the lift.