Question: What is the difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift, and which one has a lesser instance of permanent nerve damage or upsetting side effects? Also, what happens to the fat that is currently drooping in the jawline?
Answer: The goal of a properly administered facelift is to resuspend those fat pods you speak of that are currently drooping as jowls around the bottom part of the face. When this happens, the jawline becomes chiselled, and the cheeks fuller. The difference lies in which procedure will provide you with the best results, whether it is an incision that stops at the bottom of the ear (mini) or one that goes behind the ear (full). The terminology is less important than the results you wish to exhibit, so talk to your surgeon about your options. As far as the side effects are concerned, the full facelift technically comes with a longer list, but the overall danger lies within the surgeon’s skill level than it does the procedure itself.