Like it or not, time and gravity take their toll on all of us. As we age, the skin may start to sag around the face, and our features may begin to lose the tightness and elasticity of youth. Depending on your age, lifestyle, and a variety of other factors, the degree to which age has affected your face can vary. Because every person’s situation is unique, we have a selection of options available in the Washington, D.C. area when it comes to correcting the damage. Two options worth discussing with Dr. Banks are the facelift and the mini facelift.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that aims to correct age-related issues specifically occurring in the lower region of the face. Small incisions are made above the hairline, in front of the ear, and at the base of the scalp to reduce the appearance of scarring. The skin is then separated from the muscle and deep tissue, and all are contoured and tightened before excess skin is trimmed and lifted for a streamlined look.
A facelift is perfect for patients who are concerned about loose skin and fat around their neck and jaw area. This procedure is also helpful in alleviating deep folds around the nose and mouth and sagging tissue present in the middle of the face.
- A more satisfying and dramatic outcome
- Longer-lasting results
- Longer recovery time (about 2 weeks)
- More painful healing period
- Higher cost
What is a Mini Facelift?
While still a surgical procedure, a mini facelift is a less invasive alternative to the traditional facelift. During the mini facelift, Dr. Banks will use smaller incisions to adjust and tighten the facial skin and tissue. This process allows for the specific targeting of trouble spots leading to a natural and subtle improvement.
A mini facelift is a good option for patients who are younger or are only experiencing the first signs of aging. People will benefit from this procedure if they are looking to reduce minor sagging in the face, neck, and jaw area.
- Minimally invasive
- Shorter recovery time (about 1 week)
- Less pain and swelling during recovery
- More affordable than a full facelift
- Results are not permanent, lasting anywhere from 5-10 years
- Results only go so far; will not treat prominent jowls or affect the neck beyond minimal tightening
Every situation is unique, and so it is important to consult with your surgeon before deciding on a procedure. This way, all the specifics of your case can be considered and you will be able to come to a decision that best suits your needs.
Contact Beaux Arts Today
To find out which facelift is right for you, contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery serves the Columbia, MD and Washington, D.C. areas.