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Procedure Spotlight: Mini Facelift

While the facelift was the sixth most commonly performed cosmetic surgery performed in the U.S., according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) most recent survey, the mini facelift is likely just as popular.

The surgeons at Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery can attest to the procedure’s popularity, as Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Leo Baccaro perform mini facelifts almost as frequently as full facelift procedures. In fact, the surgeons note that many patients coming in for a facelift consultation ask whether the mini facelift can successfully bring about the aesthetic results they seek. While the answer to that question depends upon various factors, those who have facial conditions amenable to the mini facelift can expect to achieve excellent aesthetic results from it with less downtime.

Dr. Gardner, who considers the mini facelift to be one of the procedures he gets the most excited about performing, points out that along with proving aesthetically successful, the mini facelift is great because it is so minimally invasive.

He says: “What I love about it is that we do the procedure on a Monday afternoon, and, during a follow-up checkup on Tuesday, we usually see limited bruising and minimal swelling, and a week later … we take the stitches out, they’re ready to go to dinner, go to events, they can be in public and in a week—they’re on their way to being completely healed, and they look great!”*

Differences between Mini and Full Facelift

As you can surmise, both procedures are similar and both are designed to smooth sagging skin, enhance and redefine facial contours, and create an all-around more youthful appearance. In general, the mini facelift involves fewer and shorter incisions into the skin, as well as reduced skin lifting and underlying muscle tightening compared to the full facelift. The mini facelift targets sagging skin on the lower portion of the face along the lower face and neck and does not directly treat any skin wrinkling or laxity around the eyes, brow, and upper cheek. Those areas require other procedures.

Dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables are often combined with the mini facelift to enhance the other areas of the face.

While the full facelift requires general anesthesia and results in significant downtime, the mini facelift can usually be performed under local anesthesia and normal daily activities can normally be resumed within a couple of days.

Are You A Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?      

Though the Mini Facelift is very effective at making patients look younger and more refreshed, the result will not be as dramatic as with a full facelift. And although younger patients around the age of 50 are the best candidates for a mini face lift, the procedure works well in correcting skin laxity and underlying sagging of the face no matter what a person’s age. In fact, Dr. Gardner is always pleasantly surprised by how much can be accomplished in the older population.

Learn More Through a Consultation at Gardner Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about how effective a mini facelift might be at rejuvenating your face and restoring a youthful appearance, Dr. Paul Gardner or Dr. Leo Baccaro would be happy to speak to you in a one-on-one consultation. Our surgeons at Gardner Plastic Surgery have a solid reputation for helping patients in the Naples, Florida area choose cosmetic procedures that best meet their aesthetic goals. Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

*Note that though Dr. Gardner describes a typical patient experience, individual results and recovery times vary from patient to patient.

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At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.

The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.

Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and labiaplasty.

Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, MD received extensive training at the prestigious Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where he worked with some of the most well-renowned practitioners in the art of cosmetic surgery. With honors and awards throughout medical school and his residency, Dr. Baccaro earned a stellar reputation for high quality surgical care with both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Dr. Mark Walsh, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. Dr. Walsh participated in the prestigious plastic surgery training program at Duke University. He has also served as an invited reviewer and has provided expert commentaries for multiple surgical journals, including the highly regarded Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Dr. Andrew M. Bonett, MD specializes in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with specific interests in reconstruction after breast and skin cancers, including Mohs reconstruction. His experience also includes reconstruction following traumatic injuries, body contouring, and general cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.

As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that a desired outcome will be achieved. There are a number of health risks associated with even minor medical procedures. If you have any health issues or concerns, please feel free to discuss them any time with your surgeon at our Naples’ plastic surgery center.
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