Are you interested in facelift surgery but don’t know whether a standard facelift or mini facelift is right for you? While both procedures help to create a more youthful appearance with natural-looking results, there are several distinctions that set the two apart, the biggest of which pertains to the scope of the treatment area.
A standard facelift is designed to lift and tighten loose, sagging skin in cheeks, jowls, neck, and corners of the mouth. In contrast, a mini facelift is performed to elevate and tighten lax skin in the jowl region while providing minor improvement of the nasolabial folds. As a result, standard facelift surgery can typically achieve a more comprehensive rejuvenation whereas a mini facelift generally creates more of a “refreshed” appearance that many younger patients desire.
The key to deciding which treatment is right for you is to identify the extent of your specific goals and concerns. If you wish to target signs of aging on the cheeks, face, and neck for an inclusive rejuvenation, a standard facelift may be the best option. If you are content with the appearance of your neck and your concerns are limited to the lower region of the face (particularly the jowls), a mini facelift may be the ideal solution to help you maintain a youthful aesthetic. Ultimately, a board certified plastic surgeon who offers both procedures should be able to help you determine which technique would be most effective for your unique needs and desires during an in-office consultation.