Mini facelift surgery is the most common type of facelift surgery performed today. It addresses wrinkles and sagging skin on the lower third of the face using small incisions placed around the ears. It restores definition to the chin by removing excess tissue and artfully tightening remaining tissue. A skilled plastic surgeon can tailor a mini facelift procedure to give you a youthful, more refreshed appearance that accentuates your natural beauty and boosts your confidence.
Mini facelift surgery appeals to many men and women because it can address some of the most prominent signs of aging. For example, some people experience hormonal changes, or are genetically predisposed to losing definition in their jaw. Many patients turn to mini facelift surgery to restore this definition.
If you have noticed a loss of definition in your jaw due to sagging skin or excess fat tissue and you would like to restore a youthful appearance, you may be a candidate for a mini facelift. By familiarizing yourself with the basic principles of this surgery, you can engage your surgeon in an informed consultation and outline a treatment plan that can provide beautiful, natural-looking results.
The first step in a mini facelift experience is a consultation with a plastic surgeon. If you are considering any cosmetic surgery, it is important that your surgeon present you with several different options, rather than excessive or one-size-fits-all procedures. If you are considering a facelift, it is especially important to select a surgeon who performs facelifts frequently and delivers consistently excellent results. Men, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery notes, should specifically find a surgeon well trained in male facial cosmetic surgery. Because the anatomy of a male’s face differs from a female’s, this is an integral step to ensure natural-looking results. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) also recommends that you should ask what your cosmetic options are if the outcome of the procedure does not meet the goals you discussed. Once you and your surgeon have decided upon your surgical plan, you can schedule the procedure. You will need to ask a friend or relative to drive you to and from the clinic.
Immediately prior to surgery, your surgeon will administer anesthesia. I find local anesthesia to be suitable to a mini facelift not only because it ensures a patient’s comfort, but also because it may be administered without a breathing tube. As such, the patient’s jaw can remain in its natural position, which allows me to deliver the most accurate treatment.