There are a variety of names given to mini-facelifts. The truth is that all these procedures are one way to capture our attention. They all promise amazing results with minimal recovery. A minimally invasive mini-facelift no matter what it’s named is simply a limited facelift which address the lower face specifically the jowls and upper neck. It is designed for individuals that wish to specifically improve the sagging skin in the lower face. Cuts on most of the mini-facelifts are just as extensive as traditional facelifts.
Who is the best candidate for a mini-facelift?
There is not a specific age group that qualifies for a mini-facelift. The anatomy of your face, underlying facial structures and areas most bothersome to you determines if you are a good candidate for a mini-facelift. Generally if the mid-face (Cheek area) is hollow and sagging, a mini-facelift will not address that; also if there is laxity of the entire neck (a turkey neck), it needs to be addressed with a separate procedure called a neck lift. Mini-facelifts can be a smart alternative for individuals with a localized trouble spot, who are looking for a less extensive treatment with a shorter recovery time. Mini-facelifts may be suitable for people who had a facelift years ago and are looking for touch-up, are interested in treating localized region on the lower face, wish to look younger and more restful without having a traditional facelift.
How is a mini-facelift procedure performed at our center?
Mini-facelifts are performed in our accredited surgery center in a very safe and sterile environment. You and Dr. Bolourian may choose local anesthesia alone or intravenous sedation to help you relax. General anesthesia is generally not required but can be used if desired. Most of our patients choose local anesthesia for many of the facial aesthetic procedures. We believe it is the safest technique with the fastest recovery time and also most cost effective.
Dr. Bolourian will check for medical conditions that could cause problems during or after surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars. Be sure to let us know if you smoke or are taking any drugs or medications, especially aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting. We will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. If you smoke, it’s especially important to stop at least two weeks before and after surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and can interfere with the healing of your incision areas. If your hair is very short, you might want to let it grow out before surgery, so that it’s long enough to hide the scars while they heal.
Incisions are made inside the hairline at the temple and in front of the ears; they may extend behind the earlobe depending on areas needing correction. Excess skin is removed and sagging muscles and connective tissues are lifted, released and repositioned. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck.
Many times your own fat maybe harvested and used to augment certain areas to restore lost fat and hollow appearance of the face. This is a great alternative to full face lift procedures. Most often a small incision is made under the chin to tighten the neck muscles. Incisions are closed with very small sutures. Generally the incisions are barely visible by the patient or another individual after complete healing. The procedure may take up to 2 hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time. We have found that the combination of a mini-facelift with laser resurfacing or chemical peeling enhances the benefits of both procedures and results in a greater improvement of the overall facial appearance.
Using the tumescent technique of injection, there is minimal bleeding during surgery, therefore we generally do not have to use any drains. Swelling and bruising vary and resolve within 3 to 10 days. Our mini-facelift has many advantages; it is less invasive, entail less surgery time, require less anesthesia, involve less recovery time, and cost less money. But because it is less invasive, does not mean that the results are not as pronounced as a full facelift.
How long does a mini-facelift last?
The results of a mini-facelift are long lasting and depend on many factors among which genetics, degree of skin elasticity and personal habits and stress play a major role. Although the procedure does not stop the aging process, it certainly slows down the clock. One of the ways you can maintain your results is by taking good care of your skin and maintaining an ideal weight with minimal fluctuations.
What to expect after a mini-facelift procedure?
You should arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure, and to help you out for a day or two if needed. Following your mini-facelift procedure, you will receive a head wrap to minimize bruising and swelling. The head wrap is usually removed the next day in our office. You should be able to get up and move around the next day after surgery. Since majority of our patients do not go under intravenous anesthesia, they amazingly bounce back to an active lifestyle quickly. If you wish, special post surgery make-up maybe used to help cover up the areas of bruising.
In the weeks following the surgery, the facial skin and area around the ear may be numb. There may also be some temporary discoloration as healing begins, which may take a few weeks and months to disappear. The healing process is gradual, so you will not notice final results for few months.
What makes our mini-facelift procedure superior?
Our anesthetic techniques make it possible to perform this procedure safely and efficiently with minimal downtime. We always address the underlying structures below the skin by releasing and repositioning the muscular structures called superficial musculoapeneurotic system (SMAS), this is also called a SMAS-ectomy procedure. We believe simply placing the so called pursestring sutures (stitches) into the muscular layer, does not give the long lasting and natural results. Our technique does not make the procedure anymore or less invasive than any other quick mini-facelift procedures.
For further information about this procedure please call our office and speak directly to Dr. Bolourian or e-mail us. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our procedures and treatments. You can also be sure our fees are affordable for anyone at any budget. Make sure to ask about our special offers.