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Facelift V.S. Mini Facelift – What’s the Difference?

Posted January 23, 2014 in ImageLift™
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Knowing which facelift is right for you!

Tampa, FL – Many people these days are looking for the latest techniques to help them look younger. With all of the advancements in facial plastic surgery, there are now more options than ever available on the market for patients. You may have heard about a facelift and a mini facelift, two of the most common procedures, but what exactly are the differences?

A full facelift includes removing excess skin, tightening underlying tissues in the lower and middle face, and tightening of the neck and jowls. A facelift is good at eliminating the loose skin folds in the neck and cheeks, and tightening up the appearance of wrinkles in the face in general, such as around the eyes. A facelift is an in-patient procedure that takes several hours and may require some patients to stay in the hospital overnight. The recovery time takes one week longer than the mini facelift but is more beneficial to patient who are wanting permanent results. The risks of a facelift include bleeding, potential damage to facial nerves, necrosis of skin flaps and infection, as well as the risks of general anesthesia.

The mini facelift reduces minor sagging around the cheeks, jawline, and neck. A mini facelift is a good option for patients that in their early forties or older, looking for a less invasive treatment. The procedure takes roughly an hour and half under local anesthesia.  You may drive home as long as there are no narcotics given, and the recovery is about one week. Risks for a mini facelift include bleeding, blood clotting, bruising, scarring and swelling, as well as a potential negative reaction to the anesthesia.

If you are looking to have any facial work done, then you might want to consider getting a facelift or mini facelift. Find out more information on this topic and know the facts. Having the right surgeon is also important to get the desired look that you want!