What is a Mini-FaceLift?
- Posted on: Jan 5 2013
Mini facelifts offer patients with less advanced signs of aging a minimally invasive anti-aging solution. A mini facelift is a great solution for people who want to treat: turkey neck, sagging jowls and wrinkles in the lower face.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Mini Facelift?
The mini facelift is ideal for patients in their 30’s-40‘s and 50’s who want to address early signs of aging without undergoing a full facelift. Specifically, patients looking to remove minor sagging and drooping along the jawline are great candidates for mini facelift. Mini facelifts can also benefit older patients by improving these same areas, but with smaller incisions and a less invasive procedure than older facelift techniques. A mini facelift procedure takes about 2 hours. I start by making small incisions around the ears, this allows me to separate the skin from the deeper tissue. Once the skin is separated, I can add sutures to tighten the deep facial tissues called the SMAS. Surgeons will also remove SMAS fat to lessen smile lines and any excess skin. Very fine sutures lock everything in place, and the incisions are strategically hidden around the ear. The recovery from a mini facelift is typically about 1 week. There is less scaring, bruising and swelling than a traditional facelift. However, be wary of the “lunchtime” facelift with no downtime. In order to get results from a mini facelift there has to be a certain amount of pulling and manipulating the tissue, which may cause bruising and swelling. The results of a mini facelift are typically very long lasting. The skin will continue to age naturally but overall the patient will appear more youthful.
Blepharoplasty along with a mini facelift is a great combination that addresses the two main areas of the face where age starts to show. Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are also good procedures to get along with a mini facelift. The patient will leave my office with fewer wrinkles and younger looking skin.
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