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How is a Mini Face Lift Different from a Full Face Lift?

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Do you have sagging around your neck and jaw you just can get rid of?

If so, you may be considering a facelift. You’re not alone either, facelifts are among the most popular types of plastic surgery in the country. Many people are using it to boost their confidence.

But a full facelift is a pricey and time-consuming option. This has led to the popularity of the modern mini face lift. With this minor procedure, you could be in and out of surgery the same day. The results can be just as good, making you look 10 to 20 years younger

There are pros and cons to either surgery. Before you proceed, you should find out the major differences between the two.

Curious? Keep reading. You’re about to find out how a mini face lift differs from a regular facelift.

What Is a Mini Face Lift or MACS Face Lift?

The procedure is a version of the facelift that addresses saggy jowls and excess skin in the lower part of a patient’s face.

Other names for it are a weekend facelift, modern facelift, or MACS facelift.

The results are more modest and the downtime quicker than a regular facelift.

Traditional Full Face Lifts

So what happens in a traditional full facelift?

This surgery involves a deep incision near the ear, where the scar is usually not too noticeable. The skin is lifted from deeper tissues, and the tissues are tightened. This is done using sutures.

After that, the doctor will “redrape” the skin and remove any excess skin.

The effect is that skin all over the face is tightened and loose neck and chin skin is taken away.

Before surgery, there are restrictions on smoking, and aspirin and blood thinner use. You will also have to stay in overnight in the facility if you choose this option.

With traditional full facelifts, a longer recovery period is also normal. You can expect to take two weeks off before returning to normal social activities.

The cost is approximately three times that of a mini face lift.

Mini Face Lift Procedure

The procedure for a mini face lift will vary from person to person, but there are some general guidelines.

The doctor will make approximately three small cuts. The extra fat below the skin will be removed, and underlying muscle rearranged. Usually, local anesthesia combined with sedation will be used.

The whole procedure takes no more than an hour and a half, maximum.

There is no cookie cutter solution to suited to everyone who gets the procedure. A discussion with your doctor beforehand is necessary to see what will be right for you.


The risks are similar to any other surgery of this type. There may be bleeding, blood clotting, as well as possible damage to the facial nerves. Minor scarring is another possibility.

Any patient who has anesthesia for their procedure also risks a negative reaction to it.

The risks are increased for people who smoke, as well as those with diabetes and hypertension.

Preparation and Recovery Time

Unlike a full facelift, you won’t have restrictions on what you can do before the surgery.

Afterward, the recovery time is not long at all. You’ll be able to go home on the same day.

There will be a compression bandage on your head to decrease swelling by applying pressure. The bandage is only kept on for a couple of days, however.

Your head should be kept elevated for a week afterward. Your surgeon will remove the sutures after a few days. All in all, you could be back to work and play in less than a week.

How Effective Is It?

Results from this type of facelift are immediate and the effect will last up to 10 years. As natural aging takes its course, you can expect it to affect the initial results.

Factors such as exposure to the sun and smoking also have an impact. Keeping your weight down can help maintain your look even longer.

In the time directly after surgery, don’t be too alarmed if you don’t look like yourself. Within two to three weeks you’ll be able to see the full impact of the transformation.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of this procedure is minimal when you consider the results it will give you.

For such a serious surgery, it’s more important to choose the right surgeon than to skimp on the price. Once you’ve picked a surgeon with good testimonials there are a number of options to pay. These could include credit or a third party financing company.

A face lift’s average price is $7,000, with some providers going as high as $10,000. However, a mini face lift’s price is usually lower than the average. It could be as low as $3,500.

Who’s a Good Candidate?

Generally, if you are unhappy with your cheeks and lower face area, you may be a candidate. You may have noticed a decline in the muscle tone and skin elasticity around your jawline.

If you are in your 30s or 40s with the first signs of aging starting to show, you may want to consider this surgery. It can be a good pre-emptive measure, combined with a healthy lifestyle to maintain the results.

How to Get a Mini Face Lift

If you’ve had surgery before you know that healing is a process. However, the results from a minor procedure like a mini face lift can have massive results.

Hopefully, this article will have given you enough information to make your decision. Take the first steps by choosing the right surgeon for your procedure. This choice will make a world of difference in how much younger and healthier you’ll look.

A consultation or phone call is best if you still have questions that weren’t answered here. Get in touch with us to see if a mini face lift is the right choice for you.

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