The difference between mini, short scar, and full face lifts are:
Mini Face Lift: The incision/scar will be totally invisible, hidden above the hairline. Mini Face Lifts have a short recovery time of 2-5 days, and lower cost.
Short Scar Face Lift: The incision/scar is at the junction of the ear and the side of the cheek. It finishes at the earlobe and does not extend behind the ear. This incurs an average cost, and an average recovery time of 5-8 days.
Full Face Lift: The incision/scar is at the junction of the cheek and the side of the cheek. It extends behind the ear and reaches the scalp. This has a higher cost and is a longer procedure. Recovery times can be up to 8-14 days.
After making the right incision, the surgeon then separates the skin from the fat and muscle below.
Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour.
The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back, and trims the excess.
Volume is usually added to certain areas to enhance it e.g. cheek bone areas.
Liposuction usually done for the neck and targeted facial area.
Other synergistic procedures are often included e.g. tear trough, eyelids, and cheek enhancement surgery may be performed to optimise the results.
Finally, the incisions are secured with resorbable stitches, so you do not need to go through the inconvenience of removing them.
The procedure will take between 90 minutes and 6 hours depending on the extent of face lift, rejuvenation, or contouring procedure. It can be done under General Anaesthetic or Local Anaesthetics with some sedation.