For patients in their 30s and 40s who do not have an extreme amount of excess skin around their jaw and neck line, a mini facelift, or short scar facelift, is a valuable alternative to having a full facelift. It will take years off of your appearance while providing you with a more youthful and energetic look.
The ideal candidates for the mini facelift are patients who show ageing in the mid-face area. While no procedure can reverse or stop the ageing process, a mini facelift can improve the most visible signs of ageing that make a person look older than their years. The procedure can be done alone, or with other complementary cosmetic surgery procedures.
A mini facelift is a procedure that lifts the mid-face or the neck through several small incisions. It is less complicated than a traditional facelift and offers patients a shorter recovery time. Another difference is that it is less invasive than a traditional facelift, and is less stressful and carries fewer risks to the patient as well.
A mini facelift offers many benefits that provide patients with a more youthful and revitalised appearance. The surgery restores and reshapes the facial contour, giving the face a more rested and youthful appeal. Benefits of the procedure include:
Because of limited incisions and dissection of the skin in a mini facelift, postoperative swelling and bruising will be reduced. Patients have less discomfort following surgery, and can usually return to work much faster as well.
The best candidates for a mini facelift procedure are patients who do not have significant sagging of the jowl and neck skin, and who want to be proactive to prevent sagging skin from becoming quite evident. Patients who have excess facial aging will be better served with a full facelift, rather than with a mini facelift.
Because a mini facelift uses smaller incisions and is less invasive than a full facelift, it is limited in what it can do. You may consider a full facelift if you:
You should also be in good health, as this is key for proper healing and recovery after your procedure.
Overall, mini facelift candidates are younger, and require less dramatic correction. The mini facelift tightens up your lower face while maintaining your features. Your surgeon will determine the best procedure for your specific situation.
Eyelid surgery is the most common procedure done with a facelift, and because a mini facelift only addresses the mid-face or neck, eyelid surgery is used to address other issues that may affect your appearance.
Reasons for having eyelid surgery in conjunction with a mini facelift include:
By addressing these problems at the same time as a mini facelift, a greater portion of the face can be rejuvenated, providing a more enhanced appearance. A forehead lift, or brow lift, is another option to consider, as it helps to minimise the visible effects of aging.
The best way to determine if this procedure is appropriate in conjunction with a mini facelift is to discuss it with your surgeon during your consultation.
The best way to determine if a mini facelift (and any complementary procedures) is right for you is to have an initial consultation with the surgeon. You will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations about the surgery with the doctor, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will:
Your surgeon will listen to your needs, expectations and your desired outcome from the mini facelift surgery. The surgeon will review the surgical options available to you, and answer any questions you may have.
Most often the surgery is performed under local anaesthesia with sedation. Your surgeon will determine the best type of anaesthesia based on your procedure and examination.
The mini facelift includes repositioning of all the portions of the face that are showing signs of aging. The difference between a mini facelift and a traditional one is that the incision is much smaller, and there are no incisions behind the ears. The surgeon will determine the placement of the incision based on your facial structure.
During the surgery, the surgeon will separate the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or liposuctioned from the neck and chin area to improve the overall contour. The surgeon will tighten the underlying muscle, pull the skin back and trim any excess. Sutures will be used to secure the layers of tissue and close the incision.
If you have any additional procedures, such as eyelid or brow lift surgery, it will be done once the mini facelift is completed. For patients with additional procedures, additional recovery instructions will be given.
Once the mini facelift is completed, a loose fitting dressing is applied. Some discolouration and swelling around the face and neck are normal, and will improve over the next week or so. There typically isn’t excessive discomfort after the surgery, but if there is, it is easily controlled with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. Many patients only require over-the-counter pain medication after the surgery.
You will need to keep your head elevated as much as possible, and avoid any strenuous activities for 2 to 3 weeks. After the surgery, you can spend the night at our luxury partner hotel, and you will be seen the following morning before being released to go home. This makes for a safer recovery and more convenient for your post-surgical appointment – in your room. Having our staff visit you in your hotel room the next day is comforting and less stressful then driving back to the clinic to be seen.
Your surgeon will see you at regularly scheduled intervals during the weeks following the surgery. This is done so the doctor can personally monitor your recovery process, and to ensure that you have the best results possible.
Following a mini facelift procedure, you may find that your features are distorted from the swelling. Some of the bruising may linger for 2 to 3 weeks, and you will probably tire easily. By the third week you will look and feel much better. Most patients return to work about 7 to 10 days after the surgery.
There will be some scars, but they are usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. In time they will heal and be barely visible. A mini facelift can’t stop the aging process. Some patients elect to repeat the procedure in five or ten years. But you will continue to look better than if you never had a mini facelift in the first place.
You can find out more about Mini Face Lift surgery on our blog pages. At London Lipo Institute, we have a number of plastic surgeons experienced in Mini Face Lift surgery. To book a free consultation, please call us on 01923 801601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please fill out the contact box below and a member of our team will get in touch with you.
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5 out of 5 starsposted 1 year ago
I had neck/jaw Lipo on Friday evening 16/10/15 after wanting it done since I was 16 as I have never had a jaw line or definition in my neck as always had a slope.The team have been absolutely fantastic. First of all arranging it on a Friday evening so I could have longer to recover over the weekend so I can go back to work on Monday. The communication from everyone has been fantastic. The procedure was great (If you can say great about a tube sucking out fat from your neck!). But seriously made me feel such at ease, comfortable and felt in such safe hands. The surgeon was so meticulous and careful which was great as the neck and jaw are visible to all. I was given a number of one of the surgeons whom I could contact if I had any queries or problems and also Michelle's contact details. This I must say has been extremely helpful. Seriously would not get that kind of patient care and attention anywhere I know and from anywhere I know of people have gone to. Great price, great customer care and attention and great professional and qualified team. Thank you to you all, it really means so much to me, its a massive life changer for me and I have all of you to thank for that! :)
5 out of 5 starsposted 11 months ago
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5 out of 5 starsposted 2 years ago
Lipo London provide nothing short of an excelling service and keep you informed throughout the whole process. Cosmetic surgery is something that makes us all nervous and full of questions, but their team took the time to explain everything through and maintain my confidence.
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