So you’ve made the decision to have a facelift – but you’re unsure over which facelift is right for you. You’re hearing all about the mini facelift, but others are telling you to go the whole hog and get the traditional full facelift. If you’re looking for plastic surgery Bristol and beyond, we’re here to guide you towards the right choice for you, your skin and your needs. Plastic surgery is a major decision and involves an invasive procedure so you have to be sure that it’s definitely what you’re looking for before embarking down that road.

What’s a mini facelift?

A mini facelift does what it says on the tin, really – sometimes called a short-scar facelift, this procedure is usually reserved for younger patients and involves reducing minor sagging on the lower face and neck. As a result, the incisions used are much smaller than those used for a full facelift and consequently, recovery times are less. Whilst this procedure has the advantage of being less invasive, it also offers shorter-term results than a traditional facelift does so that’s something to consider when deciding between the two.

What’s a traditional facelift?

On the contrary, a traditional facelift can address the entire lower two-thirds of the face, giving you the option to improve any sagginess visible on your cheeks and other facial tissues, as well as on the lower face and neck. The results here are much more long-lasting than a mini facelift and you often find that definition has been restored to the jawline. Incisions are larger but discretely made around and behind the ears, leaving you with minimal scarring and no excess skin. The traditional facelift does, naturally, have a larger recovery time than a mini facelift so you should consider this and the effects this will have on your day to day life when you’re making your decision.

Which one is best for me?

To make an informed decision on which of the two procedures is right for you, the best course of action is to request a consultation directly from our team of expert surgeons. We will be able to assess your requirements and your skin and give you all of the information you need to ensure that you make the right choice for you. We will be able to give you the vision that you’re looking for and imagine exactly what the procedure will do for you and your skin. Contact us today for more information.