Understanding the Difference Between a Facelift and a Mini Facelift

Understanding the Difference Between a Facelift and a Mini Facelift

The changes that come with aging can have a profound effect on your body. These changes are most notable in the face, because that’s the area people see first. If you’re unhappy every time you look in the mirror because of sagging jowls and sunken cheeks, it might be time to consider the benefits of a facelift.

Experienced plastic surgeon Mario Yco, MD, offers customized facelift surgeries at Yco Facial Plastic Surgery in Encinitas, California. He can tighten and firm your facial skin to help you look younger and feel more confident.

For anyone who’s not ready for a full facelift procedure, he also offers a mini facelift. This procedure also addresses age-related skin flaws, but is less invasive and requires less downtime.

What to expect from a traditional facelift

traditional full facelift targets the areas in the bottom two-thirds of your face, including your cheeks, jawline, and neck.

This type of facelift involves the removal of excess skin, and lifting and tightening of the underlying tissue and muscle. It also helps smooth folds of skin on the cheeks and jawline to restore your youthful appearance.

Dr. Yco makes an incision along the folds of your ears and along the hairline to hide scars. Through these incisions, he can lift your facial tissues into a higher position and reshape tissues to fill in areas of your face that have lost volume over time.

To firm skin and tighten saggy jowls, Dr. Yco also removes excess skin before closing the incisions.

What to expect from a mini facelift

mini facelift focuses on improving the bottom third of your face, specifically your jawline.

Dr. Yco uses the same incisions as a standard (traditional) facelift during a mini facelift, in which he removes the excess skin on your face and neck. He can also lift your neck muscles into a higher position to resculpt the natural contours of the area.

While a mini facelift isn’t as comprehensive as a traditional facelift, the results are still significant. Eliminating excess skin and improving the contours in the lower parts of your face can give you a fresher appearance and boost your self-esteem.

You can also expect to heal faster after a mini facelift than you might after a traditional facelift.

What to expect regarding results

Before you undergo a mini facelift or traditional facelift, Dr. Yco discusses your goals and expectations. He also customizes your surgical plan to target the issues you want to address while staying focused on achieving natural-looking results.

Neither type of facelift is a miracle cure for aging, and there’s nothing you can do to stop the aging process. However, mini and traditional facelifts can provide results that last for many years.

Depending on the health of your skin at the time of surgery and your lifestyle, a traditional facelift can provide results that last up to 12 years. With a mini facelift, results can last up to 5 years.

You can maintain your younger, firmer skin by following a healthy diet plan and daily skin care routine and getting regular exercise to prevent weight gain.

To learn more about getting a facelift or mini facelift, call 760-944-4211 or book an appointment online with YCO Facial Plastic Surgery today.

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