The traditional facelift is no longer one of the most sought after cosmetic procedures, but this was not always the case. Thanks to people having a greater awareness of environmental risk factors caused by over-exposure to the sun and the rise of sunscreen use, the average person has less skin damage, reducing the need for facelifts.

Today, the mini facelift surgery is the most common type of facelift surgery. The average 40-year old today has healthier skin than the average 40-year old of 20 years ago, making this procedure more ideal for patients interested in something less invasive than the traditional facelift.

Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery in Saint Paul, Minnesota is led by Dr. Daniel Schneider; a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who focuses on facial rejuvenation through a variety of techniques.

What is a Mini Facelift?

A Mini Facelift also called the Weekend Facelift, addresses wrinkles and sagging skin on the lower third of the face and restores definition to the chin. Dr. Schneider can tailor a Mini Facelift procedure to give you a youthful, more refreshed appearance that accentuates your natural beauty and boosts your confidence.

How Does a Mini Facelift Compare to a Traditional Face Lift?

Mini facelift surgery can provide a wealth of physical and emotional benefits:

• Less Invasive – The surgery is performed with an endoscope that inserts a tiny fiber optic lens through small incisions that are inconspicuously made, excess fat in removed and muscles are reshaped.

• Local Anesthesia – A Mini Facelift can be done using local anesthesia, allowing the patient to remain conscious throughout the procedure without feeling pain. As such, patients do not have to experience the groggy disorientation and risks that follow general anesthesia.

• Less costly – Because there is no IV sedation involved, the procedure costs less than a traditional facelift.

• Shorter Procedure Time – Usually takes one to two hours and you can go home the same day.

• Minimal Side Effects – A Mini Facelift results in less swelling, bruising, and tenderness than a more extensive and traditional facelift surgery.

• Minimal Scarring – Incisions are easily concealed within your natural facial contours and hairline.

How Are the Procedures Different?

The Mini Lift Procedure:

• Immediately before the procedure, Dr. Schneider will administer local anesthesia for comfort. During this time, you will be awake and conscious, which means the jaw can remain in its natural position for accurate treatment.

• During your Mini Facelift surgery, Dr. Schneider will locate incisions in front of your ears that extend from the bottom of your earlobe to your hairline, behind your ear. The length and pattern of your incisions depend on your desired outcome.

• Next, Dr. Schneider’s technique reduces sagging skin and jowls, as well as the appearance of wrinkles.

• Once the alteration of the skin reaches a position that accentuates your natural bone structure and facial contours, they are sutured into place, and excess tissue is trimmed away.

Traditional Facelift:

• The first step is administering IV sedation and general anesthesia. You are asleep for the duration of the procedure.

• Traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp.

• Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck, and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted.

• Skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours, and excess skin is trimmed away.

• A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions.

When is it Appropriate to Get a Mini Facelift?

The difference between a Mini or a Traditional Facelift mainly has to do with the condition of the neck. Usually, someone in their 40’s may well just have a slight sagging of their jowls. Their neck may still be in good tight condition. A Mini Lift would then be advisable because it tightens the face from just above the ear to about the top inch or so of your neck.

Who is a Good Candidate?

The Mini Facelift is particularly valuable for younger patients in their forties, fifties and those who would like secondary facelifts. It can be combined with liposuction in the neck area to give a remarkable overall improvement.

Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Schneider and his staff at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery focus on providing comprehensive facial plastic and reconstructive surgery services. Dr. Schneider sees patients at his private office just south of St. Paul in Lilydale and at Allina Health Bandana Square Clinic in St. Paul for reconstructive surgery services.

Schedule Your Consultation!

Call our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Daniel Schneider at (651) 493-8501. Our professionally trained staff is ready to take you calls!

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