Top 5 Advantages Of A Minilift

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For individuals weighing the differences between a minilift and a full facelift, the considerations need to include age, skin laxity, jowls, overall health, and a variety of other factors. A facial plastic surgeon will be able to help you consider all the options during a consultation; however, here are some of the main advantages of a minilift, which can help guide the decision-making process.

1. Reduced surgery time – While optimal outcomes should never be sacrificed for the sake of speed, reduced time spent in the operating room decreases possible operative and post-operative complications. The less time a facelift takes, the less anesthesia is required, thereby reducing the inherent risk of the facial plastic surgery. Minimizing the cosmetic surgeon’s time and requiring less anesthesia will also reduce the cost of minilift, which can be an important consideration for many patients.

2. Limited scarring – A minilift typically accesses the midface, jawline, and neck areas. The incisions are more limited than a full facelift, therefore creating less scarring lines. With a full facelift, sometimes a patient may feel the need to wear their hair in a certain way to cover the markings; however, with a minilift surgery, patients will be afforded more flexibility with how they wear their hair in the future.

3. Sedation – With a mini-lift, patients can opt to have their facial plastic surgery procedure performed without general anaesthesia. This is great news for those who do not tolerate anaesthesia very well and experience post-operative vomiting and nausea. The facial plastic surgeon you choose will be able to discern which option is best for you to achieve optimal results.

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4. Minimized risk – Because performing a mini-lift is less invasive than a full facelift, the risks of damaging the greater auricular nerve is reduced. The method of limited incisions and accessibility means that there will likely be less post-operative swelling, bleeding, or bruising.

5. Shorter recovery – Undergoing a mini lift means a shorter recovery time. Patients who need to be back at work quickly or have a busy social schedule will favour this option and appreciate the decreased recovery time. Typically, a mini lift requires only 5 to 7 days of rest time, compared to 7 to 14 days for a full facelift.

If you are exploring the options of a mini-lift as compared to a full facelift, make sure that you also explore the right type of cosmetic surgeon to perform your plastic surgery. A facial plastic surgeon is a cosmetic doctor that is an expert strictly in the head and neck. Focusing on the head and neck area means that the specialty area is concentrated and the surgeon is extremely familiar with facelift procedures (one of the most popular and common facial cosmetic surgeries). General plastic surgeons are those who do mainly body work such as breast implants, liposuction, or Brazilian butt lifts. It is best to choose a qualified expert for the specific cosmetic surgery that you are considering.

If you would like to learn more about the advantages of a mini-lift and find out if you are a compatible candidate, please contact our Toronto plastic surgery centre!

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