The Difference between a Mini and a Full Face Lift in our Maryland Location

At Artistry in Plastic Surgery in Maryland, we offer patients different facial procedures. Whether they desire skin rejuvenation, dermal fillers, or other procedures, patients can come to the office for more information. Although we offer non-surgical options, some patients want a more permanent facial alteration. For those patients, a Facelift or mini facelift may provide the desired results.

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A full facelift can tighten skin all over the face. Loose skin beneath the chin and lower jaw can be trimmed away. Results can include a more defined profile, a smoother complexion, or a more youthful visage. Creases, moderate folds, and lines can all be minimized through a face lift procedure in Maryland.

Facelift Procedure

Baltimore surgeons may perform a procedure in a similar manner; they place incisions under the chin and behind the ears. They then trim away excess skin, tighten existing skin, then re-layer the tighter skin across the face. The recovery time for a full facelift in our Maryland location can be much longer than its mini counterpart. The face can heal during a month’s time for optimum results.

Mini Facelift

Now, opposed to the full face lift, a mini face lift tightens the lower area of the face and neck. Sometimes, a mini lift can be synonymous with a necklift. Loose skin beneath the chin and jaw are trimmed and tightened for that same defined look. More minor creases, lines and folds can disappear with a mini face lift.

The mini facelift in our Maryland location is performed much like a full face lift. An incision is placed under the chin; skin is tightened, trimmed and re-layered. However, unlike the full facelift, your Baltimore surgeon may also tighten muscle and skin tissue in the neck. A mini face lift can also target more specific problem areas. Using this smaller scale surgery, cosmetic surgeons can provide similar results with less downtime. Patients can notice their results sooner than with a full lift; they can return to their daily activities sooner.

Both full and mini facelifts can create a new look to the face. The manner, downtime, and results are just a little different. A consultation with Dr. Birely can help you determine which lift best suits your skin desires. Be sure to contact our office with any questions; we will help you choose the right procedure for the right results.


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Dr. Brent Birely is a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Lutherville and Bel Air, serving patients from Baltimore, Towson, Columbia, Westminster, and other Maryland cities. He is a very well regarded leader in cosmetic surgery and patient safety, and specializes in procedures including breast augmentation, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, facelift, and body lifting procedures after weight loss.

*The content/images on this website are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary. The information provided on this site is for general informational purposes only and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure or skin care treatment.

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