Not every plastic surgery procedure is right for every patient, and it can be somewhat difficult to choose the treatment that is best for you. If you are thinking about anti-aging treatments or surgical procedure, then you may be overwhelmed by the choices available and the expense of some procedures. For many, a surgery like the limited incision lower facelift is an attractive option, due to the versatility of the procedure and the great results it produces. However, the surgery is not appropriate for every patient. So how do you know if the limited incision lower facelift is right for you? Only you can make that decision, but here are some things you should know about the procedure and candidacy guidelines.

Facts and Benefits

A limited incision lower facelift is often known by many different names, including the “mini-lift” and the “weekend” lift. However, the name limited incision lower facelift is more accurate and descriptive than the other terms for the procedure. The technique is a less intensive version of a lower facelift, tightening and lifting the facial structures through smaller incisions. The recovery for this procedure is less intensive and prolonged than the traditional facelift (with some patients getting back to minimal normal activity in just a few days), and results are typically very good, though not quite as dramatic as those of the full facelift. Even this more limited procedure is customizable, allowing patients to get the most out of their procedure.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

Everyone ages at different rates and in different areas of the face. A limited incision lower facelift is typically used for younger middle-aged patients who want some facial refreshment but either do not need the dramatic results of a full facelift or are unwilling to go through a more extensive recovery period and/or pay the higher cost of the more invasive procedure.

The limited incision lower facelift is best for patients noticing signs of aging (sagging skin, wrinkles, etc.) in the lower face, but do not have significant neck banding.

All patients must be in general good health, be non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the results of surgery. Anti-aging treatments can produce remarkable results, but there is only so much improvement that can be expected. Plastic surgery does not stop the aging process, but it can slow it down for a while.

Patients who are interested in seeing the results for a big event should plan far in advance, as there are some variables that are difficult to control and predict in the healing process.

Get Advice

If you’re not sure which surgery or non-invasive procedure is best for you, then it’s a good idea to seek help from an expert. Prospective plastic surgeons are highly skilled at assessing facial structure and aging, and will be able to help you come up with a treatment plan to suit your needs and budget. He or she may suggest a combination of techniques to achieve the desired results. Only a plastic surgeon can assess individual candidacy, so you will need to speak with an expert regardless of what procedure you would like.

Whichever surgery or treatment you end up choosing, do not make a snap decision about your plastic surgeon. The surgeon’s skill will be one of the main factors in the success of your procedure, and you do not want to take any chances. Do careful research and choose a surgeon who is knowledgeable, skilled, experienced, and compassionate. Today, plastic surgery is about achieving natural-looking results that suit the patient, so you will want to select a doctor who emphasizes customization.

For facial plastic surgery in Austin, come to Buckingham Center and meet with acclaimed, board certified surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham. Dr. Buckingham is an experienced surgeon offering patients the best in cosmetic procedures. For more information, call 512-401-2500 to schedule your consultation.

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