Refreshing your face by turning back the clock with a mini-facelift is at once effective and rewarding, and may be more affordable than you think. When you are considering a permanent improvement to your face, remember that facelift surgery leaves a lasting improvement. For example, someone who “regains” seven years after a mini-facelift will always look younger than her or his stated age, because the improvement is permanent. While the mini-facelift is great for those in their thirties and forties who wish to rejuvenate with a nip and a tuck, those who are older may also benefit greatly from the procedure. Should you desire a more complete lift, please visit the facelift page. For those who are interested in non-surgical options, please visit the liquid facelift page.
The first step to improving your appearance begins with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Jen Chow. This will allow you to address any and all of your cosmetic concerns. You can also explore your options for facial rejuvenation at the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. Additional before and after photos will be available for your perusal, and you will receive an information packet to help you learn more about the procedure as well as to review at your leisure after the consultation.
Once you have scheduled your mini-facelift, you will again have the opportunity to ask Dr. Chow any and all questions you may have regarding the procedure. You will also be provided with written instructions regarding what you should do before and after surgery. Foods, supplements, and even vitamins that may thin the blood should be avoided. Aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, and other over the counter non-steroidal inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) should be avoided as well.
If you color your hair, you may choose to do so at least a week prior to your surgery. You should avoid hair dyes for several weeks after the procedure, depending on your type of surgery, in order to maximize safe healing afterwards.
Most of Dr. Chow’s mini-facelifts are performed at a fully accredited surgical facility. The procedure may also be performed in the office when appropriate. Should you decide you prefer to have anesthesia during the procedure, it will be done in an accredited outpatient surgical facility and a board certified anesthesiologist will be on hand to take care of you.
You will be given specific instructions leading up to your procedure. Some helpful tips for the day of surgery include: avoiding clothing that must be pulled over the head (zippered or buttoned shirts are recommended), leaving jewelry and valuables at home, and keeping the face and hair free of makeup and hair sprays or gels, respectively.
Once you have arrived at the facility, Dr. Chow will mark your face for the procedure and use hair bands to preserve the hair and keep it away from the facelift field. He does not need to shave any hair in order to provide excellent results.
The incision lines for a mini-facelift may vary, depending on your unique aesthetic concerns. You will have every opportunity to discuss where these will be made. In general, these are well hidden and once healed, very difficult to see. Despite the fact that the mini-facelift is done more quickly than a full, complete lift, Dr. Chow still prefers to use non-absorbable suture material, as it is less likely to cause scarring and unsightly inflammation after surgery. In addition, you will have tightening not only of the skin, but also of the underlying area, allowing you to have longer lasting, more complete results.