A mini lift is a different procedure to a facelift but how much does a mini lift cost and what is involved in the procedure?
The mini lift is a plastic surgery procedure designed to tighten loose skin in the lower third of the face and neck. The procedure can improve the appearance of jowls or heavy cheeks. Good candidates for the mini lift include healthy patients who have jowling and either minimal or no neck laxity. the term mini lift refers to lifting the tissues of the cheek and jaw line. Individuals with stand-alone cheek laxity and little to no neck laxity are candidates for a minilift. A mini lift is not an option for individuals with neck laxity, as they will end up disappointed due to the simple fact that the neck is not addressed by the mini lift procedure.
What is the difference between a face lift and a mini lift?
The term face lift refers to lifting the tissues of the cheek, jaw line and neck region, whereas the term mini-lift refers to lifting the tissues of the cheek and jaw line. The difference between a mini lift procedure and a face lift procedure is simply the extent of the incision but no difference in the extent of the muscle tightening.
A preprocedure consultation
The decision on whether the mini lift is right for the patient is determined during the consultation. The concerns of the patient are reviewed with the doctor along with any medical history and medications that are being taken. Photographs are taken and imaging is performedm this allows the patient to see the desired outcomes and what is achievable by carrying out the procedure. This is also the time for the patient to raise any questions they may have regarding the procedure and it will help to alleviate the highest priority concerns.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes two to three hours to complete. The incision for the mini lift is completely hidden in the area around the ear. Once the incision is made, permanent sutures are used to tighten the underlying musculature and liposuction is used to remove excess fat in the neck.
Is there a lengthy recovery period?
Recovery after the mini lift takes about one week. Patients may experience some bruising and swelling, and the skin may feel tight or numb. Any discomfort that patients experience usually fades quickly and can be controlled with medication. In one week, the stitches are removed and patients can return to work. Light exercise may also be resumed after one week, though more strenuous exercise will need to be postponed for about two weeks.
The results are significant and the mini lift procedures are carried out by professionals in the field. You will not be disappointed with your results and you can guarantee that the cost of the mini lift is very competitive. It will certainly be money well spent and you will feel rejuvenated.