If you are like most people, you may begin to notice the earliest signs of aging in your 20s, 30s, or 40s. These typically include fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of volume in the cheeks. Traditionally, a full facelift was the only real option for addressing these concerns, but many patients – particularly those of a relatively young age – didn’t feel quite ready or able to undergo the procedure. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery now offers men and women a variety of facelift options and alternatives, many of which can be highly beneficial for patients who are seeking striking results without the cost and recovery time associated with a full facelift.
Double board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence and her exceptional team at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery take great pride in helping Atlanta-area patients enhance their look and achieve their aesthetic goals through the use of facial plastic surgery. One of the most in-demand procedures is the Band-Aid, or mini facelift. To find out how a mini facelift may help you, it is important to first have a basic understanding about the procedure, what it entails, and what kinds of results you can expect. Here are six key facts to know when considering a mini facelift in the greater Atlanta, GA area:
A mini facelift does not treat the entire face.
Unlike a full or traditional facelift, which addresses issues on the upper, mid, and lower face, a Band-Aid mini facelift targets moderate problems on the lower face only. Sagging jowls and excess skin and fat around the jawline are common problems that can be corrected with a mini facelift. During your initial one-on-one consultation, Dr. Lawrence will thoroughly evaluate your face, discuss your specific concerns and goals, explain all of your options in detail, and answer your questions fully before recommending a surgical plan that will best fit your needs. In some cases, Dr. Lawrence may suggest combining complementary treatments, such as BOTOX, injectable dermal fillers, or microneedling, with a mini facelift to enhance your final results.
The Band-Aid facelift is a less extensive surgery than a full facelift.
In most cases, a mini facelift can be performed under local anesthesia in the office. During the procedure, Dr. Lawrence will use much smaller incisions than are required with a full facelift, though the size of the incisions will vary from patient to patient depending on skin laxity and other factors. Dr. Lawrence understands the sensitive nature of any facial surgery and takes great care to place incisions strategically so that the resulting scars can be concealed as much as possible. While the results of a Band-Aid facelift can certainly be stunning, the less extensive nature of the surgery means that the results are typically less dramatic than those which can be achieved through a full facelift.
A mini facelift requires less downtime than a full facelift.
One of the aspects of a Band-Aid facelift that patients enjoy most is the relatively short recovery period when compared with that of a full facelift. With smaller incisions and less manipulation of the facial muscles, skin, and tissues, patients generally experience less swelling, bruising, and discomfort. These mild symptoms usually subside in the first 4-6 days, and most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work and other social activities after about a week.
A mini facelift is less expensive than a full facelift.
Another attractive feature of the Band-Aid mini facelift is that it is generally less costly than a full facelift. The ability to perform a mini facelift under local anesthesia in the office significantly reduces the cost of the procedure since hospital and general anesthesia fees are not incurred. For patients who may not be financially able to undergo a full facelift, the mini facelift can be a wonderful solution. Patients should keep in mind that additional treatments, which may be combined with a mini facelift including BOTOX or fillers, will add to the cost of the procedure.
Who is the ideal candidate for a Band-Aid facelift?
While one of the many different facelift techniques can certainly help most anyone enhance their look, there are some individuals who are considered ideal candidates for the mini facelift specifically. Younger men and women who are experiencing light to moderate facial aging are typically better candidates for the Band-Aid facelift than older patients who have already begun to notice deep lines, folds, and excessively sagging skin around the face. The knowledgeable team at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery will help you determine if the Band-Aid facelift may be enough to address your concerns or if another procedure would be more appropriate for you.
Your choice of a mini facelift surgeon matters.
With something as prominent and visible as the face, choosing a qualified, certified, and highly experienced surgeon to perform the procedure matters more than ever. Dr. Marisa Lawrence is highly familiar with the complexities and nuances of facial plastic surgery and possesses the experience and artful eye that is required of a facelift surgeon.
Call the convenient Atlanta, GA office of Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lawrence today, and discover how a mini facelift can help you turn back the clock with minimal downtime and beautiful results!