Many people are on a quest to find the Fountain of Youth. There’s a unique balance that must be found between natural aging and making the most of your genetics. Most people want to maximize their assets without a drastic change. A mini facelift is one of the most popular procedures for people that don’t need a full facelift. Here are a few facts you may not know about a mini facelift.
The Mini Lift Isn’t For Everyone
The mini facelift isn’t meant for every person that needs to fix their sagging skin. The ideal candidate is usually in their late 40s or early 50s. They usually have jowls that sag a bit, but minimal neck aging. This all depends on your genetics, lifestyle and sun exposure. The mini facelift is a cosmetic procedure done on a smaller scale than the traditional facelift that
targets sagging skin. The goal of this cosmetic procedure is to work to correct the sagging skin that sits around the neck and jawline. It’s perfect for people that look in the mirror and suddenly see one of their grandparents staring back.
How Skin Changes With Age
Aging and skin are not best friends. It’s inevitable that sun damage, gravity, and life just seem to pull our skin away from our face. As we age, the outer layers of our skin begin to become thinner and the pigment cells plummet. This means the elasticity of our face is weakened. These things lead to creases, “crow’s feet,” wrinkles, age spots, droopy eyelids, and long jowls. The good news is that you don’t have to look like a stereotypical “geezer.” You can stand up against aging by fighting back with small procedures.
The Mini Facelift Is Less Invasive Than A Full Facelift
It’s up to each individual to determine if a mini lift or a full facelift is best for them. It all depends on the amount of sagging skin as well as your will underlying facial muscles. A traditional full facelift is a procedure done to the upper and lower neck skin, the vertical neck bands, jowls, marionette lines, and mid nasolabial folds to correct natural sagging and aging. There are multiple incisions that include the temple along the scalp, the front of the ear, behind the ear, along the scalp line behind the ear, and/or near the back of the neck. The underlying tissues are also tightened. The mini facelift is a modified, smaller-scale version of this procedure. The incisions are shorter. There will be incisions along the front of the ear and the temple scalp, but these will end at the front or back of the earlobe. Many people love that a mini lift doesn’t cut through as many deep layers of tissue as a facelift, and it is focused on a limited area of the face.
The Name Mini Is Misleading To Some
Don’t let the name “mini facelift” fool you. It may use fewer incisions than a facelift, but it’s still surgery. This means there may be a few side effects and you will have a small recovery time. Though most non-invasive anti-aging treatments and fillers don’t require medical training to administer, only a board-certified dermatological or plastic surgeon can perform a mini facelift. The mini facelift still involves professional incisions, and the surgeon must pull the skin tissues upwards through the cheeks to perform the procedure. The surgeon still takes maximum safety measures to ensure you get the perfect mini facelift. You do go under local anesthesia, but nothing that involves a lot of pre-operative testing.
You Need Time To Recover
You don’t walk out of the office with an ageless look. You’ll still need to take a few weeks to fully recover from your mini lift. You need to chill out without work or extracurricular activities for two days. It’s important to be gentle with your face and hair during this time. You can usually go back to work in about a week. This all depends on your swelling and bruising. Most people say they had mild discomfort following the procedure, but it can usually be controlled with oral pain medication for a few days.
The Mini Facelift Is Effective For Most People
If the sagging skin is just driving you crazy, a mini facelift will work perfectly for you. It corrects the lower half of your face, so you don’t need to worry about those sagging jowls and jawlines. The results are permanent, but many people also go for an eye lift, brow lift and/or dermal fillers to maximize the effects. By getting this mini-lift earlier in life, you could be saving yourself from a full facelift for a few decades.
Dr. Andrew Jacono, a renowned facial plastic surgeon in NYC
can help you find the ageless face you love with a mini facelift. You don’t have to cry in the mirror worrying about gravity and the natural aging process. A mini facelift is easy, effective and natural.