Mini Facelift Surgery

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Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is a less invasive procedure compared to the traditional facelift, and more commonly performed today. This mini facelift technique was pioneered by surgeons in Belgium and is suitable for men and women in their 40s onwards. Mini facelift addresses the loss of definition, wrinkles and sagging skin on the lower third of the face. The procedure is performed to restore definition and tighten remaining tissues of the cheeks and jowls for a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

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 that leaves a shorter scar and because of this you can expect less complications and risks and shorter recovery time.

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Mini Facelift?

All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with mini facelift surgery.

We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.

Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.

Mini facelift is popular among both women and men and is ideal for people who have minimal issues on the face and neck area and do not expect to see drastic changes. Ideally for people aged between 40 to 60 years of age and have loose skin on the face and neck, but with good skin elasticity. You must have strong bone structure and opting for a mini facelift to achieve better results.

The Mini Facelift Consultation

The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the mini facelift procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.

The surgeon will:

  1. Take a focused history and examine you
  2. Explain the mini facelift procedure
  3. Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you

A surgeon performing mini facelift can be either from a plastic surgery, ENT surgery or maxillofacial surgery background. All three specialities are fully trained to perform mini facelift.

The Mini Facelift Process

The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia for a patient’s comfort and also allows the jaw to relax naturally allowing the surgeon to perform with precision. The surgeon makes incisions in front of both ears  extending it to either the hairline or earlobes. The incision is usually shorter compared to the traditional facelift.

The tissues are then pulled upward and outward towards the ear. By doing this, the sagging skin and jowls will be tightened to help reduce wrinkles and give some definition to the face. Sutures and then used to stitch up the incisions and excess tissues are removed. The technique used does not necessarily give a drastic result and therefore ideal for those who want subtle changes to the face.

Mini Facelift Recovery

Our experts specialise in day case procedure so you will be able to go home on the same day, but have someone to help you at home for 1-2 days. The recovery period for mini facelift is typically shorter compared to the traditional facelift.

You will be provided with a compression garment that you will have to wear and avoid strenuous activities for up to two weeks. Expect some swelling, bruising and tightness on the neck for the first week following your surgery that will fade away over time and pain medications can be taken. To avoid any infection keep the incisions clean and dry.

You will be able to go back to work after a week, but it may take up to a year to see the final result.

Benefits of Mini Facelift

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, Necklift, and Browlift.

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. Some very rare complications are:

  • Nerve injury
  • Skin or hair loss
  • Broken capillaries along the neck and cheek

mini facelift vs full facelift
Mini Facelift

  • Ideal for those who have minimal issues on the face and neck
  • Suited for ages between 40 and 60
  • Addresses minor sagging on cheeks, jawline and neck
  • Small incisions along the hairline and front of the ears
  • Results last 5-10 years

Full Facelift

  •  Ideal for those wanting to get rid of starting signs of ageing
  • Suitable for ages between 40 and 60, but also 70 to 80
  • Addresses all areas of the face
  • Bigger incisions in front and back of the ears
  • Results are permanent, however, ageing process cannot be stopped

mini facelift faqs

Am I a good candidate for mini facelift?

Mini facelift is ideal for people who have minimal issues on the face and neck area and do not expect to see drastic changes.

Full Facelift or Mini Facelift - which option is right for me?

The right option for you can be determined by looking at the area of the neck. Mini facelift is ideal for people who have minimal issues on the face and neck area and do not expect to see drastic changes. However, if you wish to get rid of as many signs of aging as possible with visible results, then facelift is a better option.

What does the mini facelift procedure involve?

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.

How do I prepare for my mini facelift surgery?

Quit smoking ideally few weeks before your procedure. Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can cause bleeding.

How long does the procedure take?

A mini facelift usually takes 2 hours for completion.

Is the procedure going to be painful?

The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia so most people do not feel any pain throughout the procedure.

Will I be left with scars?

Yes, the incisions will leave small scars and is unavoidable. At Centre for Surgery, we use the finest sutures that will make the scars fade away.

What is the recovery period going to be like?

Expect some swelling, bruising and tightening of the neck for the first two weeks and pain medication can be taken to ease the discomfort. Compression is highly recommended to aid to the recovery and promote smoother healing. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 2 weeks following your surgery, but you will be able to go to work after a week.

What are the risks associated with mini facelift?

Some very rarely occurring  common complications are:

  • Infection
  • Haematoma
  • Skin discolouration

Is the result going to last permanently?

No, but the results can last up to 5 to 10 years by following a good aftercare routine.

Are there limitations in the results I can achieve?

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). However, we do offer skincare treatments that can help. Click here to read more.

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