When it comes to face lift procedures, there is a great deal of customization that goes into giving each patient the results he or she desires. The full face lift is a highly invasive and dramatic procedure that can have immense anti-aging benefits. It involves a combination of effective anti-aging procedures.
The mini face lift, however, can be a good alternative for people who want their results concentrated more in one specific area than the whole face. Because of this, there are many different types of mini lifts available, depending on the needs of the patient. So what are some of the most common types of face lift, and which procedure might be right for you?
Types of Mini Lifts
A full lower face lift consists of a neck lift and a cheek lift. A mid-face lift can be added for comprehensive results, making the procedure a “triplane” face lift. Mini lifts are limited to certain areas of the face, and can provide significant rejuvenation to those areas. Here are some options for different mini lifts:
The classic mini lift, a cheek lift is used to access the SMAS (subcutaneous muscular aponeurotic system) tissue in the outer cheek, jaw line, and jowls. Elevating these deep tissues in the cheek area in a vertical direction lifts and firms the area for lasting results. There are different incision techniques used to accomplish a successful cheek lift, and the use of these will depend on the patient.
A mini lift to improve the area of the cheekbones and beneath the eyes, a midface lift helps resolve hollowness that can appear in this region, causing a “washed out” appearance. Many times, this area lowers with age by about 45 degrees, and manipulating the deep tissues under the fibrous coating of the bone can greatly improve the appearance of the midface.
A procedure best suited to younger patients, the submental platysmaplasty is used to improve the area just underneath the chin. This area ages quickly, and people often notice sagging skin and/or fat deposits. This procedure is quick, and is used to tighten the chin muscles and remove excess fat. For patients with more significant aging in the neck and chin, a neck lift may be a better option.
A more in-depth mini lift than the submental platysmaplasty, the neck lift takes this procedure a step further, tightening both the area under the chin and the neck as a whole. Using techniques to tighten the neck muscles, trim excess skin, and remove uneven fat deposits with liposuction, the neck lift rejuvenates the entire neck, helping to resolve problems like sagging skin and a “double chin” that can come with age.
The major difference between a full face lift and mini lifts does not have to do with the surgical techniques themselves. A good mini lift does not take shortcuts in quality, and can actually be a fairly in-depth procedure. During a mini lift in the cheek area, for instance, the deep tissues of the face are still accessed for the most effective results. The main difference between a mini and full face lift has to do with the areas treated. Full face lift procedures are generally more extensive, while mini lifts are isolated in a single area of the face. That said, it is possible to have more than one type of mini lift, depending on the patient’s needs.
The longevity of mini lift results have to do with the techniques used during surgery. Some surgeons still use superficial techniques with the patient under local anesthesia, but these procedures produce far more subtle results that do not last as long, since it is not possible to do in-depth facial tightening without delving in further with the patient under general anesthesia or sedation. It may be appealing to have a gentler procedure and quick recovery time, but you also need to consider how long your results will last using these methods. Aging cannot be stopped entirely, but it can be slowed down, especially when careful techniques are used in plastic surgery. The results of a well-performed mini lift can last for several years.
Choosing Your Procedure
There are many different factors that go into choosing your mini lift, and it is impossible to get specific advice without speaking to an expert about your case. People age at different rates, and are more concerned about certain areas of the face than others, so it is impossible to make generalized recommendations. Talk to an expert about your goals and needs, and he or she can give you customized advice on which procedure might be right for you.
Evolving Procedure & Increased Customization
The mini lift has come a long way in the last few years, and while before the procedure referred to only one specific type of procedure (cheek rejuvenation surgery), customization has become a huge part of the process. This is why it is so important to build a good relationship with a surgeon you can trust, and take your time during the research and planning phase.
A Conscientious Surgeon
If you are ready to start looking for an experienced and skilled surgeon, then you will want to start scheduling consultations with board certified plastic surgeons who specialize in facial surgery. Facial surgery is one of the most delicate subsets of plastic surgery, and providing patients with consistently good outcomes takes skill, artistry, and expertise.
If you are looking for a seasoned expert in the Boston area, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery and meet with respected face lift expert Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover has been helping patients reach their anti-aging goals for over 25 years, and would be happy to discuss your questions. He has offices in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. To schedule your consultation, call either location today.