16 Mar Different Types of Facelifts
When is a facelift not just a facelift? When you find out there are many types of surgeries that fall into this ever-popular category! John Park MD Plastic Surgery offers customized facelifts for men and women, individualizing every procedure for optimal outcomes. If you’ve been thinking about a facelift to turn back the clock at least a decade and dramatically yet organically refresh your look, a facelift might be for you. However, which facelift is best for your needs?
There are a few key types of facelifts, starting with the mini facelift. As you likely guessed, the mini facelift is a miniature version of a facelift and great for younger patients (typically under 50 years old) with minimal skin laxity. The incisions used for a mini lift are even more shallow than with a full lift, and are typically hidden along the top of each ear and/or the hairline. In the vast majority of cases, only a soft sedation and local anesthesia are necessary, which is a big bonus for many patients. A mini facelift is a great way to postpone the need for a full facelift by many years while immediately giving you a refreshed appearance.
Choosing Your Facelift
A mini facelift focuses on the chin, jaw, and the neck rather than the mid-part of the face. It may be combined with liposuction as well. This is not a typical full facelift, or what might be called a mid-facelift. Instead, it targets skin laxity in these key areas and for some people these are the first “trouble areas.” We are all different, which means our skin is one of a kind. You want to work with a reputable surgeon who offers customized approaches to your surgeries.
A full facelift or mid-facelift offers the most aggressive results. As the name implies, this surgery focuses on the neck, jaw, chin, as well as the lower half of the face. This surgery is a great option for more advanced laxity. Most commonly, patients are at least 50 years old before they are good candidates for this type of facelift, but that isn’t always the case. General anesthesia is always required for this type of facelift, and it can take several hours to complete. However, the results are astonishing and today’s techniques ensure the results are wholly natural looking as well.
Which Facelift is Right for You?
There are typical guidelines for facelifts, such as that 50-year-old benchmark, but bear in mind that these are just guidelines. Everyone is unique, which means the only way to see which facelift is right for you is during a complimentary consultation.
A full facelift can erase 10+ years from your apperance, but a mini facelift turns back the clock by 3 – 5 years on average. No matter which type of facelift is right for you, keep in mind that you are restarting the clock (not freezing it). This is especially important if a mini facelift intrigues you. Many patients who opt for a mini lift do go on to undergo a full facelift in the future, though that could be many years later. The goal of any reputable surgeon is transparency and making sure you get the result you want right now.
Planning for a Facelift
As vaccines become more readily available, we’re all starting to prepare for our normal life pre-COVID. If you have been thinking about a facelift, particularly during the pandemic, you should act fast in order to take advantage of the few weeks we have left of hunkering down at home. There’s no better time to treat yourself to cosmetic surgery and a recovery than right now. You might have parties, vacations, and get togethers to look forward to already, and you deserve to look your best and be your most confident self when that happens.
A facelift is one of the most dramatic of plastic surgeries, and you’ll have everyone wondering what your self-care secret was during quarantine that has you looking so refreshed. Schedule your complimentary facelift consultation with John Park MD Plastic Surgery today by completing the online form or calling (949) 777-6883.