Difference between facelift, mini facelift, and mid facelift?

I find it difficult to understand what each of these procedures entails. Can someone explain it to me? I will be grateful for any help you can provide.


F, 54, Virginia

Tags:woman age 45-54

These terms are often used interchangeably and can be very confusing.  A facelift generally refers to a "full" face and necklift.  In this procedure, both the facial tissues and neck tissues are lifted and tightened, and excess skin is removed.  A mini-facelift procedure refers to a smaller facelift procedure that is limited in the amount that the facial tissues are lifted and skin is removed.  In some mini-facelifts, no deeper tissues are lifted, and only excess skin is removed.  Because of the limited nature of the procedure, the procedures tend to be shorter and so are the recoveries.  But the results are also more limited.  A midface lift is a type of facelift that focuses only on the midface, and does not address the neck at all.  Within midface lifts, there are subsets as well - some address the deeper tissues only while others address the deeper tissues and excess skin.  A necklift, which is one you did not mention, only focuses on lifting and tightening the tissues of the neck, and does not address the tissues of the face.