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Learn The Key Differences Between A Mini and Full Facelift In Toronto

Face Procedures

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Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery Procedures

Cosmetic Surgery Procedure: Facelift

One of the ways that Toronto facelifts have grown more accessible is through the development of mini lifts; scaled back procedures that offer more targeted facial treatment options. Mini facelifts are useful for creating minor-to-moderate changes and have the added benefit of costing less and having faster recovery times. The procedure does have its limits, however, and understanding the differences between a mini lift and a full facelift will help you figure out which is best for your needs.

Full Facelift

A full facelift in Toronto is the best way to get dramatic change in one’s facial appearance. A full lift addresses every area of concern across the lower, middle, and upper sections of the face. This inclusive approach removes excess skin along the neck and chin, tightens and tones the facial muscles, and includes an element of liposuction to suck out excess fat deposits.

Additionally, a full lift can reposition the underlying fat pads of the cheeks (which sag and drop with age) to create a more youthful contour. Depending on patient preference, it is also possible to combine a facelift with a browlift or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to address baggy skin and brow wrinkles.

Mini Facelift

The easiest way to explain the difference between getting a mini lift and full facelift in Toronto is that a mini lift almost exclusive targets the mid-face region. This area includes the jowls, cheeks, and nasolabial folds (the lines between nose and mouth) but does not include anything higher than the nose or lower than the mouth.

The surgical approach is different from a full facelift and can be more minimal, allowing for around a single week of recovery rather than the normal two. The incisions are also smaller, which means noticeable scarring is much less likely. Mini lifts do not normally include liposuction.

Which Is Right For Me?

Mini lifts are good for treating mild-to-moderate facial sagging and muscle tone issues but are unable to address loose skin along the neck and jaw. This makes mini lifts preferable for younger patients, typically in the 30-40 range, who have not developed the skin laxity to be particularly “jowly”.

Older patients, particularly individuals who have been consistently slim for most of their lives, may also not have enough loose skin in the neck and jaw to warrant a full facelift. Since a mini lift is not as dramatic, its results are also subtler compared to a full procedure.

This, combined with the 3-7 day recovery time, can make a mini lift attractive to people who don’t necessarily want others to know they’ve had work done. A final advantage to mini lifts is that they can be performed under local anesthesia, which can be a valuable option for certain people.

The main difference between a mini and full facelift is the areas being addressed. If you have loose skin and fat deposits along the jaw and jowls, a full lift will be required. If you only have mild-to-moderate sagging in the mid-face region, a mini lift will be a more affordable and convenient way to achieve your aesthetic goals.

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