Mini Face Lift Technique

Mini Face Lift

The mini-face lift is the name used by many plastic surgeons to describe a surgery that has been modified so that it is not as extensive as a traditional face lift. Some use the phrase to mean a procedure that lifts the skin of the face to the sides (laterally) using only incisions directly in front of the ear. Others use it to describe any face lift that changes the position of underlying tissue and skin only minimally.

One branded name for a mini-face lift is QuickLift™, which includes some adjustment to the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS), which is the facial muscles and connective tissue that are responsible for facial movements.

Mini Face Lift Types and Techniques 

Other name variations are the anterior mini-face lift (for reduction in wrinkles on the mid face) and the posterior mini-face lift (for loose skin on the neck and jaw line). Another type is the mid-face lift  or cheek pad lift that lifts the skin vertically and that can improve the nasolabial folds—the creases that go from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. The S-lift is often called a mini-face lift as well.

Some surgeons perform mini-face lifts endoscopically, using tiny instruments and fiber optic devices inserted through short incisions to make small adjustments to the SMAS and the skin.

A mini-lift does not give the amount of correction to facial wrinkles and lines that a full face lift can provide. The amount of correction may not last as long as that seen with a full lift, either. The results of a full face lift can last up to 15 years, but those seen with a mini-face lift may last only about half that.

Mini Face Lift Benefits

A mini-face lift usually costs less than a full face lift and has a shorter recovery time, making it a good choice for some people who don't need that much correction.

Some surgeons recommend mini-face lifts for people who are in their 30s and 40s and just starting to show the signs of aging on their face.

If you are considering any kind of a face lift, consult with a board-certified surgeon to determine what your options are. A mini-face lift might be right for you, but you may do better with one of the other types of face lifts or a combination of a face lift and brow lift or neck lift. A qualified surgeon can advise you and help you make the best choice for which surgery most closely meets your needs.

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