A minimally invasive/minimal-incision facial surgery is any procedure that is less invasive than open surgery used for the same purpose. A minimally invasive procedure typically involves use of a laparoscopic device and remote-control manipulation of instruments with indirect observation of the surgical field through an endoscope or similar device, and are carried out through the skin. This may result in shorter recovery times.
The minimal incision technique is a specialized surgical technique practiced by some physicians. A smaller incision forms a much smaller scar and results in less recovery time for the patient. This technique is useful for cysts or lipomas. Patients with such lesions on cosmetically or functionally important areas such as the face can gain great benefit from such techniques. Minimally invasive surgery should have less operative trauma for the patient than an equivalent invasive procedure.