Mini Facelift vs. Facelift: Which is Better?

You’ve been considering getting facelift surgery – the problem is, you’re not sure which particular surgery you should opt for. 

Sure, the full facelift promises more results that can last for a long time. But then again, the mini facelift can target neck issues, and the surgery is performed under local anesthesia.

So when it comes down to it, which is better: the mini facelift or the full facelift?

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All About the Full Facelift

A full facelift – more formally known as a rhytidectomy – is a surgical procedure that aims to correct skin sagging that’s particularly prominent around the mid-facial region, including the cheeks and underneath the eyes. The full facelift also helps minimize wrinkles and folds that may have appeared as a result of skin sagging, thus helping to take years off of a patient’s appearance.

The full facelift is performed under general anesthesia and usually requires about two weeks of downtime before patients can return back to work or social activities. Costs range from $7,000 to $15,000, depending on the facial surgeon’s experience and location.

The Inside Scoop on the Mini Facelift

The mini facelift – also referred to as the Weekend Lift – is a minor facial surgery that focuses on correcting skin sagging predominantly located along the jawline and neck. Because this procedure is so focused, patients only see results around the lower facial regions (the eyes and forehead are not touched).

The mini facelift is performed under local anesthesia, with patients able to return to their normal activities within a few days. Mini facelift costs can range from $3,500 to $6,500.

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Which One is Better for Me?

The answer will largely depend on the problems you want to address with the facial surgery, as well as the results you’re looking for. To help you determine if the mini facelift or traditional facelift is right for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you bothered by skin sagging around the mouth and jawline?
  • Do you feel self-conscious about the appearance of jowls?
  • Do you find that you look tired all the time, even if you’ve been getting a good night’s sleep?
  • Are you bothered by skin sagging in different parts of your face?

If you answered yes to the first two questions, you’re a good candidate for a mini facelift. If you answer yes to the last two questions or to all four questions, you’ll probably see better results with a traditional facelift.

I saw Dr Farole for a consult recently, and I was positively impressed. The staff were helpful and efficient, the x-ray tech was super personable and made me feel comfortable, and Dr Farole had a stellar bedside manner. He gave me a lot of valuable time to put me at ease about the purpose of my visit, and I left feeling great.

If I or my family needs an oral surgeon in the future, we will be calling on Dr Farole and his staff.


Take the Next Step

Want to learn if a full facelift or mini facelift is right for you? Schedule a consultation at Dr. Farole’s Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center in Bala Cynwyd, PA by giving us a call at (610) 668-3300 today.

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By | 2021-12-10T04:26:16-05:00 December 17th, 2019|Facelift, Mini Facelift|

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