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It often seems that gravity is actively working against us to make us look older as we age. Few places are more evident of this than in the face. Our jaw lines drop, our eye lids droop, and our skin sags more with each passing year. If time and gravity are bringing you down a facelift can be a great way to give yourself a boost and make you look younger.

Before you contact your cosmetic surgeon, you should know that all facelifts are not the same. There are different techniques and procedures available depending on your desired results and how your body has responded to aging thus far. Learn more about two popular facelift procedures, the mini facelift and the standard facelift.

Mini Facelift vs. Standard Facelift

Standard Facelift (Traditional Facelift)

What: An incision is made around the back of the ear in or near the hairline. The skin is then carefully separated from the muscular system underneath, known as the SMAS. Sutures are then used to tighten the SMAS and the skin is re-draped over the face. Excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed with sutures and staples.

Who: A standard facelift is ideal for patients who want to elevate their cheeks and tighten the skin around their neck and jaw line.

Mini Facelift (Weekend Facelift): ‘Next Style Lift’

What: A smaller S-shaped incision is made close to specific areas of concern. The cosmetic surgeon can then lift the skin, reposition and secure the underlying tissue with sutures, and close the incision. This surgery takes less time than a traditional facelift and has a shorter recovery period.

Who: A mini facelift may be the best option for younger patients who have minimal sagging or drooping in specific areas.

Talk to your cosmetic surgeon to learn more about which procedure and specific techniques are best for the results you’re looking to achieve. Rex Moulton-Barrett uses the s smaller incision with absorbable ribbons which provide long term lifting to the underlying tissue so that you receive the long terms effects of a traditional facelift without all the scars and with a rapid ‘weekend’ recovery.