When it comes to facelifts, there are plenty of excellent choices that suit a wide variety of common concerns. Often, patients who believe they may need a full facelift can actually experience tremendous benefit from a mini facelift—a lighter, less invasive version of the facelift with a shorter recovery period, discreetly hidden scars, and one that yet produces considerable cosmetic improvement.

What are the differences between a mini facelift and a traditional facelift?

There isn’t one particularly “correct” treatment style for mini facelifts and facelifts. Depending on the cosmetic surgeon you select, your skin quality, and your specific concerns, each mini, and traditional facelift is entirely unique.

A mini facelift generally involves making smaller incisions, usually extending from the top of the ears to the back of the earlobes. After creating the incision, the surgeon lifts the skin around the mid-face regions, trims excess skin tissue, and modifies the underlying fat tissues to provide the desired results.

A traditional facelift generally involves making incisions from around the hairline and extending down the ears. In some cases, a facelift may also include auxiliary treatments to include a neck lift or a brow lift, with incisions made under the chin. After creating the incisions, the surgeon lifts the entire facial region and trims away excess skin tissue.

A mini facelift is a less aggressive form of a traditional facelift. A mini facelift creates subtler results, treating mild to moderate skin laxity and wrinkles around the neck and jowls. It can’t get rid of prominent jowls, excessively loose and hanging skin tissues under the chin, or other such dramatic changes. With a traditional facelift, the sky’s the limit.

While a mini facelift doesn’t have the same degree of endless possibility that a traditional facelift does, it does have several advantages. A mini facelift allows you to resume most of your daily activities within 3 to 7 days, while a traditional facelift may keep you at home for a few weeks. A mini facelift also causes less pain and discomfort during the recovery and includes a lower risk of complications.

Do I need a mini facelift or a traditional facelift?

Mini facelifts are usually appropriate for individuals displaying mild to moderate signs of aging, usually people in their late 30s, 40s, or early 50s. Traditional facelifts are meant for individuals showing severe signs of aging, such as prominent jowls, hanging skin tissues under the chin, and other excessive signs of aging all over the face.

The benefits of a facelift

  • Defines the jawline and cheekbones
  • Provides a slim and attractive facial contour
  • Makes you look a decade younger
  • Smoothens the skin
  • Improves your confidence

Dr. Sedgh, a consummate facial plastic surgeon

Dr. Jacob Sedgh is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a keen aesthetic eye and an immense understanding of the human facial anatomy. Widely considered one of the best facial plastic surgeons in West Hollywood, his excellent credentials, superior training, and compassionate attitude ensure you’ll achieve natural-looking results that meet or exceed your expectations.

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When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.