The Mini Facelift procedure is one of the most common procedures that I perform. It is a procedure that I have developed over the last 17 years; to lift up the lower face in a natural, lasting, and effective way. The goals of the surgery are to elevate the jowl back above the jawline, and tighten up the neck. For the most part, it is this lower facial area that falls and bothers my patients most when they are in their early to mid-40s. In order to do this, I have developed a surgical method that can be performed in the office under oral sedation and local anesthesia. You can choose to go to the hospital surgery center if you want but the vast majority of my patients decide to have the procedure in the office.
The surgical scarring is minimized by hiding the scars in the hairline and inside the front of the ear by the tragus while still safely elevating the important fibrous layers of the jown and muscles of the face. If you are not having any other procedures such as an upper eyelid surgery ( upper blepharoplasty ) or a lower eyelid surgery ( lower blepharoplasty ), fat transfer, or skin care laser treatments, then the mini facelift by itself will take about one and a half hours.*
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If you are not having any other facial procedures, the recovery averages 3-5 days. What I like to tell my patients is that if you were to go to the mall in 3-5 days with your hair down to hide your incisions, most people that don’t know you wouldn’t even give you a second glance.
As indicated above, the goals of a mini facelift is the lower facial area. I usually educate my patients that although this procedure will by itself make you look 5-10 years younger in the face, it will only improve your neck by about 70 percent; which for the majority of my patients in their 40s to 50s, is often enough. Further improvement can be made by extending the mini facelift and performing a neck lift in addition. In this case, the incision in back of the ear needs to be extended into the posterior hair line.