What is a mini facelift?
A mini facelift is less invasive than traditional facelift procedure and leaves a shorter scar. A mini lift delivers aesthetic results that are equal to those that can be achieved using more invasive techniques. The surgery involves smaller surgical cuts; because of this you can expect less complications and risks and shorter recovery time.
This mini facelift technique was pioneered by surgeons in Belgium and is suitable for men and women in their 40s onwards
What it Involves?
In mini facelift surgery, a plastic surgeon makes smaller incisions along the hairline and in front of the ears, and tightens fibrous tissues under the skin using non-absorbable stitches. The sagging tissues are lifted and firmly attached to the deep strong structures of the temples. Mini facelift can be done on an outpatient basis while you are under local anaesthesia with sedation. The surgery takes about two hours to complete versus the four to five hours required for a standard facelift.
What It Can Do?
The mini facelift mainly rejuvenates the neck and jawline area. Minor jowling on the bottom part of the face and laxity at the jaw line can be treated successfully with this minimally invasive form of facelift. The folds and fat deposits that that appear between your nose and mouth can also be reduced with this facial surgery.
What it Can’t Do?
A mini mini facelift will not remove wrinkles from around the eyes or forehead, or treat sun-damaged skin. It produces a limited improvement to the naso-labial folds (from the nose to corner of the mouth).
Who is a Mini Facelift Candidate?
The mini facelift is ideal for the people with sagging skin on the cheeks and mid-face. This facial rejuvenation surgery is probably best suited to the patient between the ages of 40 and 60. Other good candidates may be those who have started to notice jowling and sagging skin on the face and neck after drastic weight loss.
What are the advantages?
A mini facelift is not quite as invasive as a traditional facelift technique, resulting in less facial swelling and bruising. The operation requires short incisions to remove excessive jowling, which minimizes the probability of post-operative bleeding and circulatory disturbances. The surgery involves relatively little undermining and produces better cosmetic results with minimal scarring when compared with a traditional face lift. Limited skin undermining (lifting the skin from the muscle), shorter operative time, faster recovery time, and less potential for risks and complications are other advantages of the mini facelift surgery. The procedure gives you refreshed and youthful skin. A mini facelift can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, neck lift, and brow lift.
Possible Side Effects
A mini facelift patient may experience some bruising, particularly around the eyes. Swelling may persist for a few months after the operation particularly in patients who are susceptible to fluid retention. Infection, haematoma, skin discolouration and delayed wound healing are other possible complications associated with the mini facelift surgery.