Pros and Cons in Going Through a Mini Facelift
If you are thinking about having facial surgery you probably have considered the two most common options, either a full facelift or a mini facelift. A full facelift will tighten your skin, fat and muscles of your cheeks, chin and neck, while a mini-facelift will reduce sagging around the cheeks, neck and chin area, on a smaller scale. But what are the pros and cons of having a mini facelift done, and are they right for you?
Pros of Mini Facelifts
Many people are attracted to mini facelifts because they come with a drastically reduced recovery time in comparison to a full facelift. Traditional facelifts typically come with at least a two-week recovery minimum, and even a few additional weeks to get back to feeling normal. Mini facelift, on the other hand, allow people to get back to their regular life in just five to seven days, post-surgery.
You many not receive the long-lasting results you would from a full facelift when you opt for a mini one, but you will notice that the procedure itself doesn’t take long to complete. Most doctors take up to several hours to complete a traditional facelift. Once its completed, the patient has to adjust back to reality after coming out of general anesthesia and will likely have a good deal of grogginess. Alternatively, a mini facelift takes around an hour and a half to complete. Most are given local anesthetic and sedation, which means they aren’t aware of what’s happening but aren’t 100% under anesthesia. This promotes a faster wake up time as well.
Results don’t Last
For those who want real results, the mini facelift can be underwhelming. You’ll likely end up back under the knife again after a few years or even months, depending on the results you want. Traditional facelifts last up to a decade, and grow as the body ages. However, the results you’ll achieve from either depend on how you age, the skill of the surgeon, and the type of surgery being performed.
Less dramatic results
Obviously, the results of a mini facelift aren’t quite as dramatic as a traditional facelift. Typically, cosmetic surgeons recommend mini facelifts for patients who are only beginning to show signs of aging, not those trying to completely turn back time. Those who have sagginess under the jowls and chin area benefit the most from mini facelifts.