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Mini Face Lift: An Effective Solution for a Sagging Face

October 23, 2020
Dr. George Moynihan

A mini face lift can help significantly reduce signs of aging, and can yield results that last for decades. Here’s what you need to know about mini face lifts. Gold Coast Plastic Surgery offers the best mini face lift techniques for patients seeking natural-looking results with minimal downtime.

Think a mini face lift could be right for you? Here are a few things you should know about the procedure.

Why Does the Face Start to Sag?

The production of collagen and elastin are keys to keeping skin firm and taut. Unfortunately, we produce less of these proteins as we age, and when combined with certain lifestyle habits, like smoking, drinking, and constant sun exposure, this can lead to a reduction in skin elasticity.

Additionally, the constant activity of facial muscles when smiling and frowning can result in dynamic lines and wrinkles that deepen over time. While non-invasive cosmetic interventions can address these issues early on before they become entrenched, cases that are more severe may be more effectively treated by a mini face lift.

How is a Mini Face Lift Procedure Performed?

Firstly, what is the difference between a mini face lift and a standard face lift?

The fundamental difference between the two procedures is the length of incision made during the procedure, as well as the extent of the surgical intervention on the neck area. A mini face lift starts with an incision that starts at the space where the ear intersects with the face and extends slightly upwards behind the ear and toward the temple. The bottom of the face is lifted by creating tension within the muscle. Unlike with a traditional face lift, the neck is not altered, though the patient may elect to have supplementary procedures performed in the neck area.

After the surgeon makes the incision, the layer of muscle is shifted to a slightly higher position. The incisions are sutured closed, with stainless steel clips positioned in the areas of the scalp with hair follicles, so that hair production can be preserved. Recovery time is approximately fourteen days, after which the patient may return to work and normal activities.

Mini face lifts differ from traditional face lifts in that mini face lifts are less invasive than full face lifts. Standard face lifts might be more appropriate for patients with severe skin laxity.

How Much Does a Mini Face Lift Cost in Chicago?

The price of a mini face lift in Chicago will depend upon numerous factors. The location of the practice, the expertise of the physician, and the extent of the surgery will all inform the total cost.

Mini face lifts are an excellent option for patients who are looking for long-term improvements to their facial contours and a reduction of age-related laxity of the skin along the jawline. Gold Coast Plastic Surgery offers the best mini face lift techniques for patients with moderate sagging of the lower portion of the face. If you think a mini face lift could be a good solution for your aesthetic concerns, please contact the team at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery for a consultation.

For questions about facial plastic surgery, please contact Dr. Moynihan.

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