A face lift is a major surgical procedure designed to tighten the skin all over the face. A mini face lift is a minor procedure that reduces minor sagging around the cheeks, jawline and neck.
edit The Procedure
A face lift involves removing excess skin, tightening underlying tissues and then redraping the skin on the patient’s face and neck. An incision is made in front of the ear, extending up into the hairline above and curving around the bottom of the ear to the hairline on the back of the neck. The skin is separated from the deep tissue with a scalpel or scissors. Deeper tissues can be tightened with sutures, and the skin is then redraped, with excess skin removed. The incisions are closed with sutures and staples. The operation is usually performed under general anesthesia.
In a mini face life, the doctor inserts surgical instruments through three or more small cuts. Excess fat is removed and the muscles are reshaped. A small camera is inserted under the skin to allow the doctor to see his work without making large incisions. It is usually performed under local anesthesia.
A face lift is good at eliminating loose skin folds in the neck and cheeks, and tightening up the appearance of wrinkles in the face in general, such as around the eyes. Its effects are permanent.
The Mini Face Lift reduces minor sagging around the cheeks, jawline and neck. It is intended for people who are beginning to experience signs of aging, in their 30s and 40s, and focuses on specific areas. It cannot target the forehead or the eyes. Its effects last 5-10 years.
Individuals undergoing a face lift should not take aspirin or blood thinners for a week before surgery. They must also stop smoking several weeks before the date of the surgery.
A face lift costs approximately $7,000 - $15,000 in the US. A mini face lift costs approximately $3,500 - $6,500.
edit Procedure Time
A face lift is an in-patient procedure that takes several hours. Some patients may have to stay in the hospital overnight.
A mini face lift is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 40-90 minutes.
The recovery time for a face lift varies between individuals. Stitches are removed after one week, and most of the bruising resolves after two weeks. Many patients experience numbness in the face, which fades after a few months.
Mini face lift patients must wear a bandage for 48 hours and keep their head elevated for 7 days. The sutures are usually removed after one week, and patients can return to work a few days after surgery.
The risks of a face lift include bleeding, potential damage to facial nerves, necrosis of skin flaps and infection, as well as the risks of general anesthesia. Risks are increased in smokers and people with hypertension and diabetes.
Risks for a mini face lift include bleeding, blood clotting, bruising, scarring and swelling, as well as a potential negative reaction to the anesthesia.
edit Video explaining the differences