Full Facelift, Mini Facelift and Hi Def Facelift: What’s the Difference?

As we age, our face begins to show the signs of aging more predominantly, making facelifts and facial rejuvenation procedures increasingly popular. If you’ve searched for “facelift before and after” images or perhaps “mini facelift before and after” photos, you’ll know the transformative power of these procedures. 

Dr. Michael W. Gray, DO, FACOS a renowned cosmetic surgeon in Michigan and around the country, breaks down the basic differences between a traditional facelift and a mini facelift for those seeking facial rejuvenation.

Quick Comparison Table:

Defining the Facelift: 

A full facelift, often referred to as a Jawline facelift, is mainly a corrective surgical procedure that addresses the jowls and neck (a neck lift only corrects or improves the neck). Suitable for patients with moderate to advanced signs of aging, it tackles sagging in the jawline of the face and loose skin of the neck.

To address the midface region (nasal folds and marionettes) fillers are required. Alloderm being the best for linear fills while fat the best for regional (cheeks). All other injectable fillers are temporary.
On the other hand, the mini facelift is a less invasive alternative but focuses on the jowls only.

The mini facelift in Michigan, offered by Dr. Gray from Michigan Cosmetic Surgery Center and Skin Deep Spa, focuses on skin tightening and facial rejuvenation for a younger demographic that is not quite ready for their neck. It’s perfect for those with mild signs of aging or for individuals who are looking for a more youthful jawline only.

Mini Facelift before and after picture in Michigan
Traditional Facelift before and after picture in Michigan

Hi Def Facelift:

For a procedure created by Dr. Gray, it includes the benefits of a face and neck lift with longer lasting results and greater results as well. The definition that is created is not from the use of liposuction but rather the addition of techniques to create a more defined jawline by tightening the skin along the angle of the jaw and changing the angles of the neck to create a more right angle (90 degree) angle between the chin and start of the neck.

Dr. Gray explains that the problem with the face and neck involves more than just skin and fat. The orientation of the structures and angles needs to be addressed as well. This procedure has become the popular procedure to date making people seek out Dr. Gray.

For a full evaluation to see which one is best for you, please call our office at 248-538-3333 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gray.

Full Facelift and Mini Facelift Insights:

A traditional facelift involves removing excess skin, reducing fat when needed, addressing skin laxity, and reshaping the face and neck for a youthful appearance. 
The mini facelift uses shorter incisions, providing a quicker recovery time while still offering notable improvements, especially for those with minimal jawline (jowl) laxity.

These procedures can also be used in conjunction with facial fillers such and Botox, lip augmentation, upper lip lift, and eyelid lift, laser resurfacing to mention a few. The ancillary procedures serve to enhance results. 

Traditional Facelift & Chin Implant before and after picture in Michigan
Traditional Facelift before and after picture in Michigan
Traditional Facelift before and after picture in Michigan

Who is a good candidate for a Facelift?

The mini facelift is ideal for younger patients just beginning to notice sagging skin of the jowl, where we can lift the skin of the jowls and tighten the cheek muscles. Due to being less complex than a Jawline or traditional facelift, it has a shorter recovery time. While a Jawline facelift is more apt for those with moderate to severe aging symptoms, including concerns about their jowls of the face and loose skin of the neck.

Level of Invasiveness:

Traditional facelifts are more invasive, given their comprehensive approach to addressing signs of aging, while the mini facelift offers facial rejuvenation with minimal intrusion. However, under the capable hands of Dr. Gray, they are both very safe procedures that yield amazing results.

Local or General Anesthesia?

General anesthesia is more common in full facelifts, but both procedures can utilize local anesthesia. Depending on the technique utilized, the procedure and the surgeon, the anesthesia utilized does vary.

Facelift Results:

While mini facelifts offer subtle changes, a full facelift provides a more dramatic transformation due to all the areas it treats. Remember, however, no cosmetic surgery can halt the aging process, but it does help you age gracefully.

Facelift Risks:

Every surgical procedure has risks, including swelling and bruising, which are normal. Visible scarring is rare since the incisions are made in natural creases and hair-bearing areas to conceal scars helping to create that natural look. With Dr. Gray, a top cosmetic surgeon in Michigan, risks are dramatically minimized through meticulous care and expertise.

Which is the Best for You?

If you’re pondering whether to go for a full facelift or a mini facelift in Michigan, an in-depth consultation with Dr. Michael W. Gray is invaluable. With his vast experience in both procedures, he can guide you to the best choice tailored to your aesthetic desires.

Schedule your appointment today to take the first step towards a revitalized appearance. Call our office at 248-538-3333 for a consultation.