Facelift surgery can transform the face by lifting and tightening saggy skin. However, because the procedure is more extensive, many patients want to know if there is a less invasive option.
A mini facelift at my plastic surgery practice in Roanoke, VA, is a great alternative for certain men and women. If you would like to rejuvenate your face in less time with less scarring, here are a few important facts to keep in mind.
What is a mini facelift? How is it different than a normal facelift?
A mini facelift is a less-invasive alternative to traditional facelift surgery. It creates a fresh, youthful look by lifting the jowls and sculpting the jawline, all while using incision points along the hairline that are smaller than traditional facelift incisions. While this approach creates less dramatic results, it is still an effective option for reducing the signs of aging. Many patients find that the trade-off is worth it for a shorter recovery time and less noticeable scars.
A mini facelift also differs from a full facelift by addressing a smaller treatment area. While a mini facelift focuses on the jowls and jawline, a traditional facelift can lift the neck and more.
How much does a mini facelift cost?
The price of a mini facelift in the Roanoke area depends on many factors. Facility fees, surgery-related expenses, and your surgeon’s experience can all affect the cost. A mini facelift typically ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, depending on the number of areas you wish to treat and your choice of anesthesia. If you can have it done under local anesthesia, the cost drops 30-40%. During your private consultation, your doctor will give you a customized quote based on your unique needs.
How long is mini facelift recovery?
Most patients can return to nonstrenuous work around 1 to 2 days after their mini facelift. You may experience swelling and bruising immediately after surgery, but these side effects will fade within a week. Avoid exercise and strenuous activity for a few weeks after surgery to prevent potential complications. Gentle walks and light movement are encouraged as they promote blood circulation and proper healing.
How long does a mini facelift last?
The anti-aging results of your mini facelift usually last for 3 to 5 years. Many patients use nonsurgical treatments such as fillers to touch up their results when necessary. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see examples of the kind of results you can look forward to.
Is there a best age for a mini facelift?
There is no single “best age” for a mini facelift, but ideal candidates are often younger than traditional facelift patients. The procedure works best for those in their 40s and 50s who struggle with saggy jowls and minimal neck aging.
A mini facelift is not recommended for those with severe wrinkles, loose neck skin, or droopy tissue around the eyes and brow. These patients would benefit most from a full facelift that addresses multiple issues across the face and creates a more widespread rejuvenation.
If you would like to refine your face with little scarring or recovery time, a mini facelift in Roanoke may be for you. To learn more about your plastic surgery options, please request a consultation online or call our helpful office staff at (540) 776-1600.