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Mini Facelift vs. Full Facelift: Which Is Right for You?

When you’re ready to rejuvenate your face, the facelift is one of your most effective treatment options. This procedure removes excess skin, tightens skin and supportive tissues, and sculpts fat to recreate youthful facial contours. A facelift can dramatically turn back the clock on your appearance, erasing five to 10 years of aging with a single surgery.

A traditional facelift isn’t your only option. Patients with minimal to moderate aging may not be ready for the profoundly transformative effects of a full facelift. Our mini facelift provides rejuvenation with a less invasive procedure.

If you’re thinking about facial rejuvenation surgery in Ann Arbor, you may be wondering if you need a full facelift or a mini one. Keep reading to learn about both procedures, or schedule a consultation with Dr. Ballard to explore facelift surgery with our board-certified female plastic surgeon.

Mini Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift: What’s the Difference?

There are many options for facial rejuvenation, but two of the most popular are the facelift and mini facelift.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift uses fewer, smaller incisions to refresh the lower face’s appearance. This procedure can:

  • Remove loose skin from the face.
  • Smooth the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and creases.
  • Restore jawline definition and minimize jowls.
  • Rejuvenate facial appearance for patients with mild to moderate aging.

Choose a mini facelift if you’re starting to see signs of aging in your lower face, but do not have significant aging in the neck area.

A mini facelift is less invasive than a traditional facelift. It offers dramatic rejuvenation with less downtime and discomfort than a full facelift. Many of our patients feel well enough to work from home only 48 to 72 hours after their surgery. Our patients typically report being delighted by how quickly they can return to work and other daily activities.

Traditional Facelift

A full facelift is the gold-standard option for facial rejuvenation. It addresses moderate to advanced aging in the face and neck. This procedure can:

  • Address saggy, loose skin on the lower face and neck
  • Restore a youthful jawline and profile by addressing jowls and fat under the chin
  • Lift sagging facial tissues in the cheek area

Choose a full facelift if you have significant aging and want to dramatically reverse the signs of aging. This procedure is ideal for patients with an advanced degree of aging.

Our full facelift offers the most possibilities for refreshing your lower face’s appearance. The longer incisions allow for considerable tightening of the skin and underlying supportive tissues. This procedure offers dramatic results that can last for decades after surgery.

Are You Thinking About Facelift Surgery in Ann Arbor?

If you’re considering facelift surgery, we encourage you to ask your surgeon about the mini facelift and the traditional facelift. Understanding both procedures will help you decide which option is best for your goals.

Schedule your facelift consultation at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery by calling (734) 913-5100 or completing our convenient online form today.