Mini facelift: what results can be achieved?

Written by: Mr Giovanni Ferrando
Edited by: Laura Burgess

If your face is showing signs of ageing, such as a noticeable loss of volume, droopiness and a lack of elasticity particularly on the lower half of your face, the mini facelift may be right for you. The cosmetic procedure repositions and tightens the skin around the neck and jawline, which has lead to jowls. It can be combined with other procedures, such as an eyebrow lift or dermal fillers.

Mr Giovanni Ferrando is a leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon in London and here he explains how it differs from a traditional facelift and what you can expect from the treatment.

What is the difference between a mini facelift and a normal facelift?

The difference is in the width of the detachment of the skin and the length of the scars. During a mini facelift, the décollement of the skin is less aggressive and the scar stops at the upper portion of the ear and behind the ear, it is shorter.

What results can be achieved from a mini facelift? 

The result, if the surgeon works correctly on the muscles, can be similar to the results which are achieved from a normal facelift. When the major problem is on the neck and especially in cases with a heavy neck, the best indication is a normal facelift.

Who is a good candidate for this?

The good candidate for a mini facelift is a patient that is not happy enough with simple procedures like threads or contour definition with filler. It is ideal for those who want to have a more visible result or when the skin is too loose.

Can it be combined with other procedures?

Yes, it’s very common to combine the mini facelift with other procedures like fat transfer, nanofat, injections, surgical peels and dermabrasion etc. These procedures can improve facelift result.

What is the recovery time like?

In this dynamic world, where we are always in rush, short recovery time is very important. This can explain the success of the mini facelift. The recovery time is a week.

How long do results last?

The result can last longer than 10 years if the surgeon works well on the muscles. However the operation blocks the ageing process for a long time therefore the treatment, even in the long run, may vary due to the passing of the years, which can be considered permanent. In any case, if overtime one wants to refresh their look, the facelift can also be done and is usually performed under local anaesthesia.

Mr Ferrando practices at his private clinics in both Central London and Italy. Book an appointment with him via his Top Doctor’s profile here.

By Mr Giovanni Ferrando
Plastic surgery

Mr Giovanni Ferrando is a vastly experienced consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon with private clinics in London and Italy. He is known for his innovative and pioneering work in designing and developing new techniques to be used in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery, and has a very keen attention to detail, always striving to achieve natural-looking results. He specialises in all kinds of aesthetic surgery, with special interest in rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, facelift, breast augmentation, Botox injections on other less invasive aesthetic medicine treatments. 

When performing surgery on a patient, Mr Ferrando prefers to take time to study the proportions of the patient's face, and also gets to know the patient well to make a decision on what the best nose for the patient would be. He personally draws a portrait of the patient to see the desired results, and to use the same hand to craft the drawing that will perform the surgery. This part of the process is important to Mr Ferrando in ensuring the best results are achieved. 

Alongside his clinical practice, Mr Ferrando devotes time to giving talks about his profession, and is a regular contributor to the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal, and is currently writing a book on rhinoplasty. 

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