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Short Scar vs Full Facelift: Which One is Better?

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Dr Jack Zoumaras is a Plastic Surgeon, Writer, Blogger, current Secretary of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and Founder of Artiste Plastic Surgery.

Dr Jack Zoumaras “I learned my Plastic Surgery Craft in Sydney, Adelaide and perfected my Facelift skills and experience in New York, San Francisco, Miami and Paris”

Like laser treatments and injectable fillers, a facelift can help rid you of sagging skin and wrinkles. That said, unlike the other two, facelifts provide dramatic and long-lasting results. Every year, thousands of men and women turn to their cosmetic surgeon to achieve smoother and firmer cheeks, necks, and jawlines. There are different variations of this surgery that can help you achieve a toned and youthful appearance, like the full facelift and the mini facelift.

When deciding between a mini vs full facelift, what factors should you take into consideration? Is there really any difference between the two surgeries? If so, which one is better? Artiste Plastic Surgery discusses more today:

What is a Mini Facelift?

Mini facelifts, also called short-scar facelifts, are minimally invasive. During this surgery, your skin’s deep tissues are repositioned and some excess skin is removed. This results in a younger and fresher appearance. Your plastic surgeon may recommend this to young patients that don’t have large amounts of sagging skin. This is also an excellent choice for patients who have had a facelift before and want to freshen up their looks.

You can expect your short scar facelift before and after appearance to be more natural-looking compared with a full facelift. This is because no scarring is evident, even when you wear your hair pulled back. Also, since the incisions with a short scar facelift are not as invasive, the healing time is also much quicker. In fact, most patients are back to normal after a week.

What is a Full Facelift?

After reading about the mini facelift, you may ask yourself what does a full facelift include then and is it the better solution? In a traditional facelift, more skin and tissues are removed. Tissues are also tightened, which means surgical incisions would need to be longer. Because of this more involved process, your jowls, jawline, neck, and cheeks are all improved.

Full facelifts are ideal for people with significant signs of aging. While this procedure is highly effective, it is more invasive, so it’s important to take the time to research the procedure before deciding if it is the best for you. Your first step could be to consult our professional plastic surgeon at Artiste Plastic Surgery.

A facelift can do wonders for your appearance. Whether you are in need of a quick freshening up or want to look 10 years younger, it’s important to turn to an expert cosmetic surgeon to achieve your desired results. Deciding between a mini facelift vs full facelift requires careful thought and consideration. While the end results of these two surgeries are similar, their processes and healing times are vastly different. There really is no “better” surgery between the two, your decision would largely depend on the results that you want to see.

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Short Scar vs Full Facelift: Which One is Better

If you are unsure of which surgery is right for you and your needs, feel free to schedule a consultation with our experts at Artiste Plastic Surgery today to learn more. Contact us today to book an appointment.

Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.

Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:

Level V:  How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.

The blogs are not a substitute for a medical consultation and do not form as part of the doctor to patient relationship.


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