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Mini Face Lift

The mini facelift, along with the related “s” facelift, is a relatively new technique.  Also known as “the weekend facelift”, it can be performed quickly and involves a shorter recovery period than traditional facelift surgery.  The mini facelift focuses on specific areas of the face, such as the neck and folds of the nose.  Using smaller incisions, and often taking advantage of endoscopic facelift technology, facial tissue is lifted, and repositioned or removed to achieve optimal results.  Once factors contributing to unwanted sagging and drooping have been eliminated, the repositioned skin is secured using small sutures.

Reasons for Considering a Mini Facelift
A mini facelift is appropriate for people who are beginning to experience the signs of aging but don’t want to wait to undergo more extensive surgery.  Typically those who opt for this relatively simple “weekend” facelift are still in their 30s and 40s, and simply want to remove minor sagging or drooping around the cheeks, jowls and neck area.  Mini facelift procedures cannot address areas such as the forehead or brow.

The Procedure
Because the cosmetic problems targeted are relatively minor, the incisions made during this  “weekend” approach to facelift surgery can be quite small, resulting in one of the least invasive procedures in facial surgery.

Depending on the situation, an endoscopic or a non-endoscopic approach will be used.  An endoscopic procedure allows the surgeon to insert tiny surgical instruments through three or more small incisions made around the area to be treated.  These are used to remove excess fat and reshape the facial muscles that are causing cosmetic problems.  The surgeon watches the procedure via a small camera also inserted below the skin.  In a non-endoscopic procedure, more continuous incisions are made and the skin is turned over to expose the area to be treated.  Both approaches involve minimal cutting of the skin, thereby reducing the risk of scarring and other potential complications of a facelift.

  • Anesthesia:  Local
  • Length of surgery:  30 minutes
  • Length of stay:  1 to 2 hours

Recovery Process

  • Patients might experience minor swelling or bruising
  • Back to work:  24 hours
  • Exercise:  Return to normal activity after 24 hours
  • Discomfort:  Mild
  • Swelling:  Mild to moderate (should be gone in 2 to 3 days)
  • Bruising Common, but easily camouflaged
  • Bandages: Minimal
  • Final result: A rejuvenated look and correction of sagging skin in targeted areas