The mini face lift addresses concerns with mild to moderate sagging in the cheek and jowl area. The mini face lift can be performed either under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Incisions are hidden in the hairline, along the natural fold of the ear and behind. Excess skin and tissue is removed and the skin is tightened to improve the appearance of nasal labial fold and jowls. This technique is also known as a short scar face lift or an “S- Lift”. Many patients choose this procedure because recovery is significantly shorter than that of a full face lift, it results in less scarring and the cost of face lift is significantly lower. It is important to note that a mini lift does not address concerns with forehead wrinkles or lines, as well as crow’s feet next to the eyes. These concerns can be addressed by a full face lift or injectable treatments such as Botox, depending on your unique anatomy. Your face lift surgeon will discuss this with you at your complimentary consultation.
Like the mini lift, the mid face lift is performed by creating incision from the hairline, along the natural fold of the ear and behind. Because the mid face lift targets deeper tissues for moderate to significant sagging, it is only performed under general anesthesia. After the incision is made, fat pads and tissues are lifted using permanent sutures; skin is then tightened and the excess removed. After a mid face lift, patients experience tighter more youthful skin, and an improved appearance of nasal labial folds and jowls. However, like the mini lift, the mid face lift does not address concerns with the forehead and around the eyes. Botox can help correct concerns with forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. For moderate to significant concerns with forehead wrinkles or forehead folds, your face-lift surgeon may recommend a full face lift.
The full face lift addresses concerns with the full face including wrinkles and folds on the forehead, crows feet, sagging and loss of elasticity of the mid face, jowls and excess skin in the lower face. The full face lift is also often performed alongside a neck lift, eyelid surgery and liposuction under the chin for best results. Incisions during a full face lift are made is made along the hairline, down the side of the ear and back behind the lower part of the head and just below the chin. Your face-lift surgeon will make scars as discrete as possible by hiding them along the natural contours of the face. Fat, tissues and internal structures are lifted and skin tightened in the mid face to re-create a more youthful heart shape appearance. The skin is tightened along the forehead to create a brow lift, removing wrinkles, folds and enhancing the appearance of the eyes. The lower part of the face is also tightened to remove jowls and sagging skin for a more defined jaw line.