The selfie has gone from being a passing fad to possibly the default way one organizes his or her vacation, family, and entertainment photos online.
In this age of instant, online photo dissemination, you may find you don’t like the way you look, and want to do something about it. You’re not alone — a recent CBS News online article pointed out, “a recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that one in three plastic surgeons reported an increase in facial procedures by patients who want to look better online.”
The trouble is that a lot of these people opt for something called the mini facelift, which often turns out to be a false economy.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
The general idea behind the “mini facelift” is the use of small incisions to affect small changes to tackle anything from fine lines to sagging skin. Through these incisions, the surgeon then attempts to make a worthwhile difference by removing fat and reshaping the muscles.
It is attractive because it is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time.
It’s also not a procedure that Dr. Bustillo offers for a variety of reasons.
What Is Wrong With a Mini Facelift?
Unfortunately the mini facelift doesn’t tackle underlying issues related to the aging of the face and muscles. To quote Dr. Bustillo, “Mini is a term that is associated with easy and fast. However, the results are also usually ‘mini.’ ”
The effects are very short-lived, and Dr. Bustillo often finds himself with facelift clients who, unhappy with the results, would like him to correct the remaining problems not addressed by the mini and give them a natural, lasting full facelift.
He prefers the deep plane facelift, which addresses the neck, jowls, and cheeks to restore a youthful appearance to the patient’s face. Where the mini facelift fails to address issues relating to the position of the cheeks, and sagging skin around the neck, Dr. Bustillo’s signature technique corrects these issues, and many more.
While the mini facelift might be attractive because of the promise of small incisions, it should be noted that even these will leave scars; it is an unavoidable fact of surgery. Dr. Bustillo takes great care to make sure that the scars are hidden behind the natural hairline, along folds of skin, or behind the ears.
Mini facelifts do not correct the appearance of the neck, the importance of which Dr. Bustillo takes great care to explain on a specific part of his website about neck rejuvenation. Along with fat removal (which causes sagging and pulls down the skin), Dr. Bustillo also tightens the underlying muscle, being careful not to overdo either process, which keeps the results looking as natural as possible.
Dr. Bustillo takes exceptional consideration to avoid over-stretching skin, or, like hiding the scars, leaving the patient with any of the other signs of surgery.
It his experience, skill, and consistent approach to surgery that enables Dr. Bustillo to make his face lifts look entirely natural. He encourages potential patients to check out his website where there are several galleries of before-and-after photographs.
Rather than taking a chance on a mini-facelift, it is undoubtedly better to put yourself in the hands of a true professional, and have a life-changing experience that you will be happy with for years to come — rather than looking for a quick fix that’s remedied over a weekend and might not last much longer.
Dr. Bustillo is based in Miami, and the practice can be contacted on (305) 663-3380, or via the website. At the initial consultation, you will discuss your idea of the perfect outcome, and talk through the possibilities. Dr. Bustillo will also take a medical history to ensure that you are an appropriate candidate, and to help the surgical team cater to any specific needs you might have.