When you look in the mirror do you long for tighter skin, fewer wrinkles, and the youthful look you once had? Facial aging is a part of life, but you don’t have to just let it happen. Modern plastic surgery has many options available for keeping the face young, rejuvenated, and vibrant. When you’re ready to see a younger looking face looking back at you in the mirror, give us a call. A facelift or a mini-facelift might be just what you need.
Facelift vs. Mini-Facelift
A facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, softens the signs of aging, turning back the clock on your look. If you’re struggling with loose skin under the chin, displaced facial fat, loss of muscle tone, folds around the nose and cheek, or lines and wrinkles, a facelift is often the best solution. The procedure is designed not just to camouflage common signs of aging, but to correct them, addressing structural changes to the face head on. During the procedure skin and muscle are re-draped over the facial bones requiring several incisions.
A mini-facelift has the same overall goals, but achieves them with fewer and smaller incisions and less disturbance to the facial skin and muscles. Since a mini-facelift is less comprehensive, it is not an ideal solution for those with advanced signs of aging and is typically reserved for younger patients that might not be ready for a full facelift.
What’s the Procedure Like?
Both a facelift and a mini-facelift share a similar surgical procedure. During surgery incisions are carefully placed in specific locations (often in front and behind the ears and along the hairline). The skin and muscle are tightened and repositioned and any excess skin is removed. For a skilled plastic surgeon a facelift is a form of art requiring a gentle touch and precise draping to get the natural look you’re after. The incisions are then stitched closed using a special technique to minimize scarring. The amount of time needed for surgery will vary greatly. Typically mini-facelifts require less time than traditional facelifts. Often the procedure takes between two and five hours.
Many patients choose to address other signs of aging at the same as their facelift. For example if you have sagging neck skin we may be able to combine your facelift with a neck lift or dermal fillers might be used to add volume to areas that need a little boost. By combining procedures you can achieve the best aesthetic end result possible while limiting recovery time.
Facelift and Mini-Facelift Recovery
After surgery patients need time to recover. Dr. Kincaid will wrap the face in bandages after surgery and will advise you on the proper care for your incisions. Most patients find the pain is easily managed using pain medications and by resting for a few days. Mini-facelifts typically require less recovery time than a full facelift. Dr. Kincaid will monitor you closely during the recovery period and we welcome any questions or concerns during this time.
Which is right for you: a facelift or a mini-facelift? Come in and talk with Dr. Kincaid about your options. If you’re seeing the signs of aging, fight back and love the way you look once again.