The full face lift is a tried-and-true method of fighting aging and restoring youth to the face, but a number of variations on the traditional invasive face lift method have emerged recently, giving more options to patients, especially those who do not wish to undergo such an expensive and invasive procedure. One of these variations, the “weekend” or “mini” face lift has become quite popular. But what is a mini lift, and is it right for you?
Mini Lift, Weekend Lift, S-Lift, Limited Incision Lift, Short Scar Lift, Cheek Lift & More
The term “mini lift” can apply to a number of different face lift techniques depending on what areas of the face are involved. Mini lifts may involve the cheeks, jowls and neck, as well as the mid-face area. As we age, skin sags, the face loses volume, and wrinkles appear. A mini lift can focus attention on the part of your face affected most by the aging process. If you’re just starting to notice marked signs of aging, then you probably don’t need a full face lift and a mini lift could be a good option for you.
What’s the Difference Between the Types of Face lifts?
Mini face lifts come with many advantages: they’re generally cheaper, require less recovery time, and involve a shorter surgery and smaller incisions than a traditional face lift. With these advantages come a few disadvantages, however. Mini lifts produce less dramatic results and they should still be performed under general anesthesia or sedation to ensure a quality surgery and the most long-lasting results. Though the mini face lift is often referred to as the “weekend” face lift, it’s not realistic to expect complete healing over a few days.
Am I a Candidate for a Face lift?
The best candidates for mini face lift procedures are those who have mild to moderate signs of aging, are in good general health, and have realistic expectations about the possible outcomes of the procedure. If your aging signs are more extensive or if you’re seeking a longer lasting and more dramatic result, the traditional lift may be your best option.
Discussing Your Face Lift Options
If you’re interested in learning more about what type of face lift would work best for you, contact skilled facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), Massachusetts, to set up your consultation. Dr. Bentkover has been performing face lifts in the Boston area for over 28 years, and would be happy to educate and advise you on your options.