When first considering your options for aesthetic treatments to reshape your face and remove excess soft tissue, it can be difficult to wade through all of the different procedures and understand the pros and cons of each. This includes both a mini facelift and a full facelift, two treatment options that are somewhat similar but can produce quite different results. Take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two treatments to see what may be right for you.
Treating Lines, Wrinkles, and Loose Skin
Before delving into exactly what these two treatments will involve, it is important to look at what types of aesthetic problems they may help with. For a vast majority of patients, there will come a time when their skin loses its tone and elasticity. From one’s genetics to their daily habits such as smoking, countless variables affect how quickly skin damage takes place. Both a facelift ad mini facelift treatment can help with fine lines and wrinkles, but they are primarily designed to alter the general shape of one’s face including removing excess pockets of fat, removing excess skin, and redefining a jawline.
Many patients are surprised to hear that there are actually different types of facelifts. Each of these facelift options can be mixed and matched to achieve the best results depending on the desires of each patient. What sets a traditional facelift apart from a mini-facelift is how comprehensive the surgery is. A traditional facelift generally involves incisions made around the lower half of the face. This procedure is ideal for those with excess skin and fat near their neck and jowls. The recovery time is typically 1 to 2 weeks and patients may need to stay in the hospital or inpatient center overnight.
A mini-facelift is carried out when the patient only wants limited alterations made to specific areas of the face. An example of this would be a small amount of sagging around the jowls or some excess skin on the cheeks. Unlike a full facelift that requires general anesthesia, most mini-facelifts are done with smaller incisions and local anesthesia. The recovery period is generally 2 or 3 days after the treatment instead of 2 or 3 weeks, and the results are almost immediate. Depending on the age of the patient and their lifestyle habits, the results will last for 5 to 10 years.
Choosing Your Aesthetic Treatment
All patients will need to consult with Dr. Michael Hanemann to get an idea about which treatment will suit their own needs. A traditional facelift is more comprehensive, has permanent results, and can be used to treat a variety of issues. They also take longer to carry out and the recovery time can be significant with some patients needing three full weeks before returning to their daily activities. A mini-facelift might be a better option for younger patients with relatively healthy skin that only want minor changes.
At Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, we will review your aesthetic goals and concerns. Together with you, we will create a treatment plan that is right for you. Contact Hanemann Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation.