The mini-facelift is an ideal treatment for people who want to achieve a more youthful appearance without undergoing a full facelift procedure. It focuses on removing excess skin around the face, jaw and neck areas.
Skin ages over time and the earliest signs of ageing appear where the skin is most delicate- the face and neck. Fine lines and excess skin typically start to develop in our 40s, transforming into deeper wrinkles and volume loss in our 50s. This process is further escalated by lifestyle and external factors such as sun exposure, stress, smoking, nutrition and sleep. Common concerns include drooping eyebrows, bags around the upper and lower eyelids, drooping/sagging skin, reduction in fat around the cheeks, and wrinkles.
The mini-facelift is designed to turn back the clock by 10 years, enabling the natural ageing process to continue from that point. There are several approaches to a facelift treatment, depending on the patient's concerns and specific skin condition which will be reviewed during a consultation. (Check full facelift, micro facelift)
The mini-facelift procedure uses minimal incisions to remove sagging and deformations that have formed due to ageing - usually in the face, jaw, and neck areas. These incisions are hidden in the natural folds and the hairline leaving no visible scarring. The procedure takes around 1.5 hours and is treated as a day case.
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis while you are under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. Incisions are made within the hairline (or along the hair margin) above the ear extending down around the lobe and ending in below the hairline behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers and neck muscles are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed.
Recovery time varies from person to person. Most swelling and discoloring will be gone within 1 to 2 weeks. You may resume regular lifestyle within 2 to 3 weeks and resume moderate exercise within 2 to 4 weeks.
The mini facelift is a surgical procedure, so the cosmetic surgeon will make an incision during the treatment. However, the incision made during a mini facelift stops behind the ear; this means it will not go into the hairline. Therefore, the incision is not the same as the traditional facelift.
A facelift procedure such as this one is often referred to as a short scar facelift, considering the location of the incision and its size. Despite this, patients must remember that a scar can remain after their treatment.
While a mini facelift procedure does include a smaller incision, patients must always remember that the mini facelift is still a surgical procedure. Therefore, patients will experience some side-effects after the treatment. More information about the side-effects and the aftercare of the patient will be provided before the patient has his or her procedure.
Some surgeons refer to mini facelift surgery as a "weekend" facelift." This can be somewhat misleading. While some patients can return to work as early as a week after surgery, others may require several weeks to heal from swelling and other side effects. It may take up to a year before final results become apparent.
Since mini facelift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, you will return to your home to rest on the same day after the surgery. You may be given a compression garment to wear at home. In the past, it was common for surgeons to place drains at surgical sites in order to prevent fluid accumulation. However, many surgeons, have refined their techniques to make drains unnecessary.
In many cases, you will return to your plastic surgeon's office the day after surgery for a follow-up consultation
In many cases, you will return to your plastic surgeon's office the day after surgery for a follow-up consultation. Your surgeon will schedule further follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery. After about a week, your surgeon will remove your sutures.
It is common for patients to experience side effects such as bruising, swelling, redness, sensitivity, temporary loss of sensation, and some discomfort in the weeks after mini facelift surgery. You may also experience some sensations of tightness as your body adjusts to the feeling of newly repositioned tissues.
Some patients can return to work within the first week after surgery, while others, may need ten days or more. You will need to refrain from any type of strenuous activities that might significantly raise your heart rate during the week following surgery. Your surgeon will let you know when it is safe to resume strenuous activities and exercise. By following your surgeon's explicit instructions and maintaining your overall health, you can expect beautiful, natural-looking results within the year following surgery.
The result that someone can obtain from mini facelift surgery is quite subject to the individual. With any cosmetic procedure, one must remember that every patient is unique. Therefore, the results that are obtained by a patient after a facelift will be unique to them too.
There is a simple trick that patients can try if they wish to get a better idea of the result they would obtain after a mini facelift. By pushing loose skin towards the ears, patients can have a preview of the changes the face can go through after a mini facelift. Of course, the actual result of a mini facelift will only be visible after having the procedure.