Facial aging comes in many forms, and for every issue, there is a unique procedure to help you look and feel younger. Lower facial sagging that occurs at the cheeks, jawline, and neck are improved with a facelift. However, if you are considering a facelift but don’t have issues with a large fat distribution in the neck, then you may be a good candidate for a mini facelift. Don’t let the name fool you; we can achieve big changes with a mini technique. These are the four benefits of choosing a mini facelift if you are a good candidate.
1. Improved Facial Laxity
The mini facelift focuses on removing and tightening tissues along the cheeks, jawline, and neck. People who are considering the mini facelift will typically have laxity issues but not excessive fatty tissue. Patients with moderate fatty deposits in the neck can have liposuction done in conjunction with a mini facelift. With the mini facelift, we can tighten underlying muscles in addition to sagging skin for longer-lasting results.
2. Minimally Invasive
The mini facelift uses smaller and fewer scars to create your results. They are usually placed in natural creases around the ears so they aren’t visible. The minimally invasive nature of your surgery will result in less visible scarring that fades more quickly. You can achieve a dramatic facial improvement without any obvious signs that you underwent surgery.
3. Local Anesthesia
The mini facelift can be performed in-office under local anesthesia. Many patients prefer this method because it doesn’t have the same side effects as general anesthesia. You will feel less groggy and are less likely to experience nausea. By using local anesthesia, you can return to your normal activities faster. For patients who prefer to go to sleep for their surgery, medications are given to do everything possible to prevent nausea.
4. Faster Recovery
The minimally invasive techniques combined with local anesthesia mean a faster recovery period. Patients are usually up and about shortly after surgery and can return to work within 10 days. After two weeks, you should be back to all of your normal activities.