FACELIFT VS. MINI-FACELIFT
Could you please explain to me the similarities and differences of a facelift and a mini-facelift?
The mini-facelift is a much smaller procedure then the traditional facelift. I do many mini-facelifts in my office under local anesthesia whereas traditional facelifts are done in the hospital under sedation or general anesthesia. Both procedures tighten the SMAS (muscle layer). The traditional facelift has an extra incision under the chin that allows me to remove excess fatty tissue and tighten the muscle layer directly in the neck. The mini-facelift also tightens the neck, but it does so by lifting the muscle layer in the cheek. The mini-facelift is better for patients with just laxity in the face and neck, whereas the traditional facelift is better for patients with heavy/fatty necks.