Mini facelift vs. facelift: which is better?

When it comes to facial rejuvenation, a facelift may not always be the best option, sometimes a lightweight procedure known as a mini facelift may be more suitable. But how does the mini facelift compare with a facelift, and which is better.

How does a mini facelift differ from a facelift?

A mini facelift targets aging in the bottom third of the face i.e. sagging around the jawline, chin, and neck area, whereas the facelift addresses aging in the midface, lower face, and neck. There are several variations to the mini facelift, including the ExpresS-facelift offered by the Langdon Center, Guilford CT.

The incisions for a mini facelift are smaller than those of a facelift so there is less scarring. The incisions for a mini facelift are typically made around the ear, whereas the incisions for a facelift are made in front of and behind the ear, and along the hairline.

A facelift involves adjusting the underlying SMAS layer of the face, so it is a more extensive procedure that requires a longer recovery time.

Mini facelift vs. facelift: which is better?

mini facelift and a facelift can both rejuvenate the face and create a more youthful look. However, the procedure that is better for you, will depend on the signs of aging you want addressed.

If you only need to address aging in the bottom third of the face and have minimal skin laxity, a mini-facelift may be suitable for you. However, if you have significant skin laxity and sagging in the lower face and neck, a facelift may be more appropriate.

Would you like to learn more about mini facelift vs facelift surgery? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Guilford & New Haven, CT areas, The Langdon Center is our featured practice.

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