A mini facelift is not a specific operation. Each surgeon who uses this term does so with something else in mind. It may mean a reduced length of scar (though plastic surgeons today can do very extensive work on the inside through very small scars). Some patients are not emotionally ready to accept the thought of having a “full facelift” and may prefer undergoing something called a “mini facelift” for emotional rather than rational reasons. Dr. Teitelbaum has seen countless patients who “just had a little mini tuck a few years ago” and yet had the scars of a full-fledged facelift. For some patients, the notion of a mini-facelift suggests a more mild and natural appearance.
Similarly, there is no clear distinction between a “facelift,” “lower facelift,” and “necklift.” Each surgeon means something else with each of these terms. What matters is not what the procedure is called, but what is going to be done.
Dr. Teitelbaum believes in doing as much—and not more—than will benefit a patient. He does not see a “full facelift” and a “mini facelift” as two distinct entities to choose between. Rather, there is a full spectrum of opportunities. The location and length of incisions, extent of dissection, and the tightening of muscles on the inside should be done according to what will most benefit that patient.
Dr. Teitelbaum’s facelift patients get all the improvement suitable for them but with no more and no less scar, risk, cost, and recovery than necessary to meet that goal.