A minituck or a full facelift: which is right for you?

Both the full facelift and the minituck target signs of aging on the face. Heredity, gravity, sun exposure, and personal habits can all age a person’s face. Both a full facelift and a minituck can treat sagging facial muscles creating a more attractive and defined appearance. It is important to know, however, that neither type of lift will make wrinkles completely disappear. Results from this type of procedure can range from mild to very dramatic and depend upon the individual’s appearance and the effects of aging prior to the procedure. Charlotte’s best facial plastic surgeon, Dr. M. Sean Freeman does both a minituck and a full facelift, along with a variety of other facial plastic surgery procedures designed to help improve appearance.

Procedure

During a full facelift, sagging and loose skin along the neck and lower jaw line are removed. This improves the appearance of the face, making it appear more youthful and rested. Any scars from a facelift are hidden within the hair, beneath the chin and behind the ears. Dr. Freeman also performs his SignatureLift, a procedure very similar to the weekend facelift and minituck. This procedure is generally performed on younger patients who are not ready for a full facelift. The SignatureLift can also help those patients who underwent a full facelift in the past and who are beginning to see new signs of aging. With Dr. Freeman’s SignatureLift minituck, patients will see a more youthful-looking jowl and neck area.

Considerations

As noted above, a minituck is typically done on patients who are not showing extreme signs of aging. Other patients who may have more significant issues can opt for a full facelift. These patients may have extra or sagging skin along the jaw line or have jowls. They might also have loose skin or extra fat in the neck area and perhaps have developed deep creases from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Often, Dr. Freeman’s SignatureLift will provide significant improvement, however if the signs of aging are dramatic, a full facelift may be the better option.

Dr. Freeman performs both his SignatureLift and a full facelift at his state-of-the-art clinic in Charlotte NC. Here, he does all procedures in a fully equipped operating suite where the patient has the choice of light sedation all the way to full anesthesia. Depending upon the complexity of the procedure, it may take anywhere from about an hour up to several hours. Dr. Freeman’s primary goal with any facial plastic surgery procedure is to provide the patient with the best natural-looking results possible. Call today to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Freeman and discuss which procedure, the minituck or full facelift is right for you.

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Meet Dr. Sean Freeman

Dr. Freeman is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has specialized in aesthetic facial surgery since 1988. As a leader in his field who has invented advanced surgical techniques, he is frequently called upon to teach and represent his peers. Learn more about his vast experience and qualifications.

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