Know Your Lift: Which One is Right for You?
Lifts are surgical procedures designed to take years off your appearance by firming the skin and smoothing away facial lines. There are many different types of lift procedures available today, which can make it difficult to know which procedure will provide you with the best possible results. To make your choice a bit easier, we have provided the basic lift procedures we offer, along with their specific benefits.
A mini facelift is a procedure often recommended to patients between the ages of 40 and 60 with some of the preliminary signs of aging. This procedure is less invasive than a full facelift, but also does not produce quite the dramatic results of a traditional facelift procedure. The surgery tends to focus on the mid and lower areas of the face. A mini lift is a good option for treating the following concerns:
- Mild to moderate skin laxity around the midface
- The beginning formation of jowls along the jawline
- More significant facial wrinkles in the middle and lower face
- Loss of definition to the cheekbones and jawline
This procedure is also performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia in most cases. Incisions for this procedure are smaller than those used during a full facelift and are usually disguised within the hairline or around the natural skin folds of the ear. The procedure involves less discomfort and typically a shorter recovery period than a traditional facelift procedure.
A full facelift is more invasive than a mini lift, but will offer the most dramatic and longest-lasting results in the mid and lower face areas. A full facelift will address the same concerns as a mini lift, including sagging skin in the mid-face, the formation of jowls along the jawline and deep facial creases around the nose and mouth. This procedure will also begin to treat skin laxity of the neck, reducing the appearance of horizontal lines known as platysmal bands that appear on the neck over time.
Like the mini lift, full facelifts also uses incisions placed inside the hairline and around the ear to reposition underlying tissue and muscle, while removing redundant skin and creating a smoother, firmer facial profile. Dr. Madnani performs his facelifts with local anesthesia, resulting in a shorter recovery period than those performed under general anesthesia. Recovery period is generally only 7-10 days.
If your signs of aging are primarily located around the neck area, a neck lift may be the procedure that offers you the best results. This procedure specifically focuses on creating a smoother, more youthful transition from the jawline to the chest. Specifically, it will address the following concerns:
- Sagging skin around the jawline and neck
- Loss of definition in the jawline
- Loose skin under the chin that creates a “turkey wattle” appearance
- The formation of a double chin due to redundant skin and excess tissue
- Horizontal bands that form around the neck
Like other lift procedures, a neck lift can be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia for most patients. The incisions for a neck lift are placed underneath the chin or behind the ears to minimize post-operative scarring. Through the incisions, extra skin and tissue are removed to create a smoother, sleeker neck contour.
Dr. Madnani is highly experienced in all of these lift procedures and will help you determine which surgery will provide you with the best possible outcome. In some cases, a combination of procedures may offer the best results. To learn more about the lift procedures available, contact Madnani Facial Plastics today at 212-203-8591 or 516-226-1080.