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Advantages of Undergoing a Mini Facelift Procedure

The mini-facelift procedure is considered by many to be a viable alternative to invasive facelift procedures due to the potential for fewer complications and a faster recovery period, thus enabling patients to return to their regular lives faster than usual. There are many other benefits of a mini facelift, and patients generally combine this procedure with other direct neck cosmetic procedures like platysmaplasty (the correction of various bands in one’s neck) or liposuction. In this procedure, an incision is strategically made right before the ear, or behind it in some cases. The skin in this region is lifted to reposition and tighten the underlying tissues and muscles. Recovery from this procedure is faster compared to a full-scale facelift procedure, taking just 2 hours in most cases.

Although undergoing a facelift procedure can offer incredible results, many patients find it intimidating to undergo one as they believe that their condition doesn’t yet require them to go through the procedure.

For patients in such situations, a mini facelift offers them the best of both worlds. It slows down the signs of aging on your face without causing any of the inconvenience and discomfort that patients undergoing full facelifts have to put up with. In this article, we’ll take a look at why mini-facelift procedures are being increasingly preferred by patients looking to rejuvenate their faces and restore their youthful appearance.

No Requirement for General Anesthesia

Plenty of patients are scared about having to take general anesthesia during a facelift procedure – to the point that they’ll even put off life-saving surgeries due to this fear. However, general anesthesia concerns are not just limited to fear – for some people, general anesthesia can be a massive hindrance as it forces them to undergo a much longer recovery period without full control.

However, the many benefits of a mini facelift allows you to do away with these issues. For the patient’s ultimate comfort, safety, and convenience, doctors perform  mini facelift procedures in-house with local anesthesia. This allows patients to gain all the benefits of a facelift procedure without having to disrupt their regular routines. People who do not want to undergo general anesthesia due to its side effects find this to be a viable alternative.

Quicker Recovery Periods

Mini facelift procedures are not the same as traditional facelift procedures as they address a much smaller area – however, they are also less invasive as well. A mini facelift procedure only addresses the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS for short), which refers to a tissue layer that lies beneath the surface of the skin, spanning from the forehead to the collarbone.

This technique accomplishes two goals in a single swoop – it lifts the face’s deeper structures for a facelift that looks natural without requiring a surgeon to operate on a deeper level like a regular, deep plane facelift procedure, which targets the tissue layers below the SMAS region. It’s a less-invasive surgical technique that uses local anesthesia to make the recovery period quicker and comfortable. Mini facelift patients report less tenderness, swelling, and bruising as well.

Lower Chances of Potential Scarring

As with all surgical procedures, patients are often worried about visible scarring issues popping up after the procedure. However, this fear can be put to rest asmore of the benefits of a mini facelift mini procedures are less aggressive compared to full-scale facelift procedures when it comes to facial rejuvenation. This procedure also requires smaller and shorter incisions, resulting in less scarring.

Any incisions made during a mini facelift procedure are hidden in the face’s natural contours and generally placed along the ears and the hairline. Patients often report that any scars from the mini facelift procedure are basically imperceptible for all intents and purposes. Do note that even full facelift procedures leave some minimal scarring, even when carried out by board-certified experienced facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Robert Sheffield, who makes meticulously planned incisions to prevent visible scarring issues in the future.

Visible Results

A less invasive procedure does not mean that you’ll have to compromise on the results. As long as it’s done by a competent surgeon on a qualified candidate, mini-facelift procedures are capable of restoring and rejuvenating your face and slowing the effects of time on your face. Patients with mild or moderate levels of facial aging find that mini facelift procedures are right for their needs.

The ideal patient for a mini facelift procedure would be someone who has:

  • Wrinkled skin on the lower part of the face
  • Reduced jawline definition
  • Mild skin laxity on the neck, midface, and lower face.

If your face already shows moderate aging signs, you should go for a combination of injectables and a mini facelift procedure. Dermal fillers and Botox are capable of smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines, thus providing a visible lift to different areas that have started showing signs of droopiness. If your face shows advanced signs of aging, such as jowling or severe sagging, consider going for a full facelift procedure.

Looking for the right surgeons to carry out your facial rejuvenation cosmetic procedure – get a consultation right now from Dr. Robert W. Sheffield, who is a board-certified plastic surgeon whose extensive experience and compassionate demeanor have won him many laurels in the halls of fame of plastic surgery. Reach out to him to begin your journey of facial rejuvenation.

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Interested to know about reasons to find out more about the benefits of a mini facelift?  Whether you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon that specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.

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