The Mini Lift is a less-invasive facelift technique that is appropriate for only certain patients. A Mini Lift has traditionally been described by many surgeons as a “skin only” facelift. This procedure is known by several different names – “Weekend Facelift,” “Lunchtime Facelift,” and “Lifestyle Lift.”
At his Austin plastic surgery practice, Dr. Antunes does not perform skin-only lifts because he feels they are not effective at creating a natural-looking result that will last for years. His feeling is that the tightening should be on the muscle layer. The Mini Lift performed by Dr. Antunes at The Piazza Center addresses the muscle layer minimally, tightening the layer without performing a significant dissection of the muscle. This allows for a rapid recovery and minimal downtime.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
This is a procedure that can be performed under local or twilight anesthesia. It does not require general anesthesia and involves only minimal downtime and recovery. Mini facelifts are best for patients in their 40s to early 50s who do not require a significant amount of lifting in the muscle layer. Mini facelifts are designed to accomplish the same goals as a traditional facelift. In patients with a heavier and fuller neck with severe drooping on the jowls, a traditional facelift provides a better, longer lasting result than a mini facelift.
The ideal candidate for the Mini Lift is best determined by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, like Dr. Antunes, who is able perform different types of facelift surgery. After he evaluates the patient, the treatment will be customized to the patient’s needs. In the right hands, a mini facelift results in a beautiful and natural outcome in which the patient’s skin does not look pulled, stretched or artificial.