Aesthetic Surgery of Virginia: Enrique Silberblatt, MD
3505 Brambleton Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24018
Phone: (540) 776-1600
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Traditional Facelift vs. Mini Facelift: Which Is Right for You?

A woman in Roanoke, VA is thrilled with the result of her facelift.

Facelift surgery can transform your face and take years off your appearance. Some people are hesitant to have a full facelift, though, because it requires a significant amount of recovery time. As an alternative, many men and women opt for a “mini facelift” at our plastic surgery practice in Roanoke, VA, because they want rejuvenating results without the long healing period. But how can you tell if a mini facelift is right for you? 

While there are many perks to a mini facelift, the procedure isn’t always for everyone. In this blog post, we’ll highlight the benefits of this specific approach to treatment and guide you towards the best option for your needs. 

What is a mini facelift? 

A mini facelift, also known as a short-scar facelift, is a procedure that offers many anti-aging benefits. The surgery helps lift and tighten the jowl area while improving smile lines around the mouth. A mini facelift uses less extensive incisions than a traditional facelift, minimizing recovery and downtime. We perform all mini facelifts under local anesthesia in our office; this also helps reduce surgical time and facelift costs for patients.  

How is a mini facelift different than a traditional facelift? 

A mini facelift is mainly focused on the lower half of the face. It requires less recovery time than a full facelift, as it uses fewer incisions. However, unlike a mini facelift, a traditional facelift does more to lift the neck and often the brows. While a mini facelift is focused on lifting the jowls, a full facelift can also remove excess skin and fat from the neck area and lift droopy corners of the mouth.

Is a mini facelift right for me?

While this treatment isn’t for everyone, there are many patients who can benefit from the procedure. A mini facelift is ideal for patients who want to correct sagging skin and signs of aging along the lower half of the face. The surgery also boasts a shorter recovery—around 1 to 2 days—so this treatment works well for patients who need to return to work quickly.

A mini facelift can also be combined with other anti-aging procedures, such as an eye lift or dermal fillers, for those who wish to treat other areas of the face. 

Both a facelift and a mini facelift can help patients look younger and more refreshed. In the end, it is up to you and your doctor to decide which procedure is best for you. Browse our mini facelift before-and-after gallery to see examples of real results. If you’re interested in this procedure, be sure to find a board-certified plastic surgeon to safely perform your surgery. 

If you would like to learn more about your facelift options in the Roanoke area, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice office by phone at (540) 776-1600.

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