Are you considering rejuvenating your face and want to look refreshed and younger? Not completely sold on having invasive surgery to get the results you want? It may be time to consider a mini facelift.
What is a mini facelift?
A mini facelift is often a preferred procedure over the traditional facelift. There are many benefits to undertaking a mini facelift, such as:
- It is less invasive than a facelift
- The procedure involves shorter surgical cuts, and as a result, you will be left with a smaller scar.
- There is less chance of complications
- You will have a shorter recovery time
What does it involve?
The procedure involves the surgeon making a small incision along the hairline and in front of the ears. Using non-absorbable stitches, the fibrous tissues under the skin are then tightened. Any sagging tissue is lifted and attached to the temple with structures.
This is performed under a local anaesthetic and is done on an outpatient basis. The surgery takes roughly two hours to complete, while a traditional facelift will take about five hours.
Mini facelift recovery
Traditionally, the recovery after facelift surgery was relatively painful and recovery was a long process, often over 2-3 weeks. Modern methods used by surgeons at Centre for Surgery have made facelift surgery a procedure with a much more pleasant recovery thanks to more modern anaesthesia techniques, the use of local anaesthetic and more delicate surgical techniques. The recovery is now much shorter, and as with all procedures, a better recovery is facilitated when the patient fully complies with the postoperative instructions given by their surgeon. Patients also are shown how to look after the skin better, and this complements the natural healing ability of the individual patient. At Centre for Surgery, the vast majority of patients report feeling amazing after a facelift. When patients see themselves in the mirror a week later, their satisfaction soon makes any discomfort seem very much worth it.
With any procedure, there is a usually expected period for normal recovery. The length of recovery depends on the extent of the facelift procedure and if the patient suffers from any preexisting medical problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Patients often return to normal activities within 10-14 days. Significant pain is not commonly reported after facelift surgery, although your surgeon will prescribe a course of painkiller medication to smooth your recovery.
A large, soft dressing will be taped in place on the face. These first dressings are extremely important and should be left in place for the exact duration recommended by the surgeon, usually a day or two. It can then be removed and replaced by an elastic covering that will help to contain and reduce swelling. Sleeping with the head of the bed elevated will also aid in pain relief and accelerate the resolution of bruising and swelling.
You will experience some swelling and bruising for 24 to 48 hours following the surgery, but it is part of the healing process, and it should lessen within two weeks. We recommend our patients try cold compression on the face to aid with swelling and bruising.
What results will I see?
The main thing people want to know about this procedure is what results will you be able to achieve. The mini facelift will be able to:
- Rejuvenate the neck and jawline area
- Treat minor jowling on the lower part of the face
- Treat laxity at the jawline
- Reduce folds and fat deposits between the nose and mouth
What can’t a mini facelift do?
Sometimes patients will want an outcome that is unable to be achieved by having a mini facelift. This procedure will not be able to help with the following:
- The removal of wrinkles from around the eyes and on the forehead
- Treatment of sun-damaged skin
- Will only achieve a limited improvement in the nasolabial folds (located from the nose to the corner of the mouth).
Am I the right candidate?
This is an appropriate procedure for people with sagging skin in the mid-face and on the cheeks and is generally for people between 40 and 60. Those who have undergone drastic weight loss and have jowling and sagging skin are also suitable candidates for this procedure.
Possible side effects
As with every surgical procedure, there is the possibility of side effects. Those with a mini facelift may notice some bruising, especially around the eyes. If you are susceptible to fluid retention, you may notice persistent swelling for a few months following the procedure. Rare complications can include haematoma, infection, delayed wound healing and skin discolouration.
Mini Facelift vs a Full 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
- 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 the front and back of the ears
- Results are longer lasting. However, the ageing process cannot be stopped
Interested in a mini facelift or a full facelift? Contact us today if you have any more questions or would like to book a consultation.