1. What is a mini-facelift?
The mini-facelift, which has many names, is also known as the S-lift and the Weekend Lift, among others. It is a procedure designed to rejuvenate the lower face and neck. This procedure is ideal for those who do not have significantly advanced signs of aging and who do not desire the more extensive traditional facelift.
2. Who is a good candidate for a mini-facelift?
This procedure is ideal for healthy men and women who want to get rid of sagging jowls as well as loose skin along the lower face and upper neck. If you do not have extensive signs of aging and would like to minimize recovery time, this may be the ideal procedure for you. The best way to see if this is the appropriate way to treat your cosmetic concerns is to contact the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery by calling 626-447-3223 today.
3. What are the limitations of a mini-facelift?
The mini-facelift is less extensive than the traditional facelift, and therefore may not do as much to correct significant aging in the lower face or neck, such as extensive platysmal banding in the anterior neck. In addition, it is designed to improve the lower face and upper neck. Therefore, it does not change the appearance of the eyes, brow, or midface, which can be rejuvenated with eyelid lifts, brow lifts, and the endoscopic midface lift, respectively.
4. What type of anesthesia is used? Do I need general anesthesia for the mini-facelift?
No, the mini-facelift can be performed with local anesthesia only. Most patients do take some oral sedation medication prior to surgery in order to increase their comfort level, though this is not required.
5. Where is the mini-facelift performed?
The mini-facelift can be done in the office or in a qualified, fully accredited outpatient surgical facility.
6. How long does the mini-facelift take?
Depending on your unique face and aesthetic concerns, the time for the procedure may vary significantly. Most take between 2-3 hours.
7. Will the mini-facelift hurt?
Most patients find that the mini-facelift is uncomfortable rather than painful. You will be provided with prescription narcotic pain medication, though many use this sparingly, and some do not use it at all.
8. Where are the incisions made in a mini-facelift?
The incisions for the mini-facelift closely resemble those for a traditional facelift. Beginning beneath the temporal tuft of hair (or sideburns for men), the incision wraps around the natural curves of the ear before extending into the hairline behind the ear. Because they fall naturally between two separate components of the face, they are generally very well concealed.
9. How long will recovery take?
Most patients are presentable about a week after surgery. Any swelling and/or bruising that may occur can be covered with makeup by this time. Most sutures are removed in the first week after surgery, and surgical taping may be used after stitch removal in order to minimize your chances of scarring. Since your own hair will cover most of the incisions, this area is often well hidden from view as it heals. Incisions will be pink initially, then fade as they continue to heal.