A mini facelift is a less invasive procedure compared to the traditional facelift, and a more commonly performed procedure. This mini facelift technique was pioneered by surgeons in Belgium and is suitable for men and women in their 40s onwards. A 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 tightens 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 leave a shorter scar and because of this, you can expect fewer complications and risks and shorter recovery time.
Who is a good candidate for a mini facelift?
The 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 be opting for a mini facelift to achieve better results.
How is a mini facelift performed?
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.
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 facelift. 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.
What can I expect during 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 the 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 in 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.
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 in the neck and cheek
Interested in undergoing a mini facelift? Centre for Surgery currently offers this procedure. Contact us to find out more or to book a mini facelift.