Facelift, Mini-Facelift, or Mid-Facelift – What Do I Need?

Are you hoping for some facial rejuvenation? A facelift can restore a youthful appearance to your face by lifting sagging skin, tightening muscles, and repositioning sagging tissues. You don’t need to wait until advanced aging has occurred to enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of a facelift.

In addition to our traditional facelift, we also offer a mini-facelift and a mid-facelift. Which option is best for you?

Facelift vs. Mini-Facelift vs. Mid-Facelift

A facelift, a mini-facelift, and a mid-facelift all rejuvenate the face, but they vary in the areas they treat and in the extent of aging they can successfully repair. A well-timed mini or mid-facelift can often delay or even eliminate the need for a full facelift later.

  • Mini-Facelift- The mini-facelift–or S-lift—is typically performed on patients in their 50s or 60s. It can be customized to focus on your trouble spots, including jowls. Incisions are shorter. With a mini-facelift, the muscles are tightened but not cut. Recovery is typically easier and takes about a week. Incisions are made in the hairline behind the temples and/or behind the ears.
  • Mid-Facelift- The mid-facelift is ideal for patients patient’s in their 40’s with aging in the cheeks but not in the chin or jowls. There is dramatic rejuvenation with volume restoration in the cheeks. Recovery takes about a week. Incisions are made behind the hairline, above the ear, and under the upper lip, therefore the incisions are completely hidden.
  • Facelift- A facelift provides dramatic rejuvenation to the lower and mid-face. You’ll see changes to the cheeks, under the eyes, chin, jowls, etc. It is often performed on patients in their 60s or 70s. A facelift combines and increases the results you would expect from a mini and mid-facelift.

Do I Need a Mid-Facelift, a Mini-Facelift, or a Full Facelift?

If you’re ready to rejuvenate your face, give us a call and learn about your options. After a consultation, we can help you determine if you need a full facelift, a mini-facelift, or a mid-facelift. We can also recommend other treatments to address your problem areas. Facelift surgeries are often combined with other facial rejuvenation treatments, such as dermal fillers, BOTOX®, eyelid surgery, neck lift surgery, etc.

When it comes to turning back the clock, you have options. Call 540-371-7730 today and schedule your consultation.

What’s the Difference Between the Facelift, the Mid-Facelift, and the Mini-Facelift?

Has your face lost its youthful look? Do you want to lift and rejuvenate? A facelift may be the solution you’re after. But when it comes to a facelift, what type do you need? Here at Plastic Surgery Services of Frederickburg we offer the traditional facelift, a mid-facelift, and a mini-facelift. Which is right for you? Check out the differences below.

Were you thinking of or planning a life style lift, or did you have a life style lift and have further questions? Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg is pleased to offer free consultations.  Call us at 540-371-7730 to schedule your consultation where you can discuss all your options and get answers to any questions you have.

Facelift

The traditional facelift lifts and tightens skin across the face. This procedure can be done on its own, but is often paired with other procedures like a mid-faceliftbrow lift, facial liposuction, or a neck lift. During facelift surgery incisions are made around the ears and behind the hair line. The surgeon removes excess fat, cuts and tightens muscles, and redrapes the skin. A facelift can significantly improve the appearance of the lower half of the face. When paired with liposuction, a facelift can reduce eliminate a double chin. Facelift recovery usually requires a couple of weeks off from work.

Mid-Facelift

The mid-facelift is a new innovation in facelift surgery. This procedure allows the surgeon to lift and tighten tissues that aren’t affected by a traditional facelift. This surgery tightens skin in the cheeks and lower eyelids by elevating the fat pad in the cheek. This revolumizes the face and restores fullness to the eye and cheek areas. Dermal fillers can provide similar results, but aren’t as permanent.

Recovery is much faster than a traditional facelift (most patients take about a week off from work). This procedure can be performed on its own, but is often paired with a traditional facelift. When combined with a facelift the mid-facelift helps to create a more natural, revitalized look. Performed on its own, this procedure is often done on younger patients for a boost without a full lift.

Mini-Facelift

For patients in their late 40s and early 50s, a mini-facelift can really turn back the clock. If performed early on the mini-facelift may prevent the signs of aging before they become obvious and may reduce the need for more extensive cosmetic surgeries down the road. This procedure is highly customizable and can be custom tailored to your trouble areas. The incisions are smaller and shorter than with a regular facelift. Muscles are tightened, but not cut. Recovery is much easier than with a regular facelift and takes about a week.

Which facelift is right for you? Come see us and we’ll help you find the best option for your face. Call us today and schedule your consultation.

Facelift, Mini-facelift, Mid-facelift: What’s the difference?

Q: How long is the recovery time?

Approximately one week.

Q: How long does a facelift last?

A patient will always look at least 10 years younger, but they will continue to age. EX: If you have your facelift at 60 you will look 50 10years later you will look 60 again, but you are now 70.

Q:How is a facelift different than a mini-facelift or mid-facelift?

The incision for a full face lift is longer providing for greater correction of skin laxity on the neck. A mid face lift only provides for greater fullness in the cheeks.

Q: I have excess skin around my cheeks, which would be best for me?

Mid face lift for early aging changes with volume loss on checks, very rejuvenating for those in the 30’s – 40’s.  Mini face lift for volume loss on cheeks along with correction of jowling and skin laxity in the cheeks and neck.  Full Face lift correction of both listed above with excessive skin laxity.

Q: Is recovery from a mini or mid facelift quicker than a full facelift?

All require about one week for recovery.

Q:How long should swelling and numbness last after a facelift?

Bruising and swelling lasts about one to two weeks, numbness last approximately one month.

Q:How can I avoid getting a pulled up look from a facelift?

The key is to provide increased volume in the cheeks and not a flat and taut look.

Q:How to avoid bruising after a facelift?

Keeping your head elevated, avoid NSAID’S prior to surgery, and Arnica may be used to help reduce the bruising and swelling.

Q:What are potential facelift side effects?

Bruising, swelling, and transient numbness.

Q:Will I have visible scars from a facelift?

The scars should hide well around the ears.

Q: Is there a non-surgical alternative for facelift?

Other options are fat transfer, fillersBOTOX®Fraxel laserpeels, laser liposuction of the neck.  These will soften the signs of aging; however, none of these will provide the same quality result as surgery.