When patients come in for facelift consults, they’ll often ask me, "Do I have to do a full facelift? Can I do a mini facelift?" What I’d like to talk about are the differences between a full and mini and the pros and cons of using one versus the other.
A full facelift really encompasses the mid-face, the jowl area and part of the neck. There is a bigger commitment of time, money and recovery but the results are phenomenal. The patient who expects or wants their face to be completely rejuvenated, a full facelift is really what they need.
A mini facelift is perfect for someone who has a bit of jowling here, maybe some loose skin down here. Tissues have sagged a little but they’re pretty happy with their eyes and their cheeks, they just really don’t like what’s happening here. Is it for everyone? Absolutely not, because if the cheeks have dropped and they’re hollow in here and their face is sagging up here and you do a mini, they’re going to look out of balance. This is still going to need work and it will show. So, we definitely don’t want to do a mini facelift on someone who needs a full facelift.
But for those who can do a mini facelift, minimal downtime, minimal incisions and great results. It’s a great procedure.
Your highly regarded cosmetic surgeons of Naples, Dr. Paul M. Gardner and Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, help patients resolve their concerns by performing the full range of facial plastic surgery procedures, including:
The facelift is an ideal solution for sagging skin and wrinkles on the face which can lead to an aged and tired appearance. This procedure involves tightening the skin and firming the underlying muscles to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. The mini facelift surgery provides similar results with less invasive methods and limited downtime.
Eyelid surgery is the perfect solution for those suffering from crows’ feet or sagging eyelids. The results from this procedure can refresh your appearance and make you look years younger and more energetic. Along with correcting age-related imperfections, the procedure can improve genetic eye conditions such as under-eye bags and sinking eyelids.
This popular procedure can reshape the defining feature of the face—the nose. Dr. Baccaro can utilize the latest surgical techniques to make subtle changes to correct minor imperfections and improve facial balance. He can also make significant alterations to reshape the nose and heighten your facial aesthetic with natural-looking results. Dr. Baccaro performs both open and closed rhinoplasty procedures, depending upon the desired enhancement, and can help repair a deviated septum as well.
Whether through sun exposure or advancing age, the neck area often displays some of the first indications of aging skin. The resultant loose skin, sagging skin, drooping jowls, creases, and double chin affect the appearance of both the face and neck. Neck lift surgery enhances the contours of the neck by tightening the skin and muscles. The improved contours from neck surgery can lead to a stronger jawline and overall improved head and neck area proportions.
Ear reshaping, or otoplasty, may provide a lasting solution for asymmetrical, misshapen or prominent ears. While this procedure is popular among adults, children with ear defects caused by trauma or genetics also benefit. Children’s ears are more conducive to surgical alteration due to their pliable cartilage. In fact, medical experts recommend that patients born with ear imperfections undergo reshaping in their youth to provide surgeons the greatest flexibility.