Generally, patients in their 30s and 40s who have specific areas of their face that they would like to enhance, such as drooping cheeks, jowls and neck areas, are good candidates for a mini facelift. Because of the short recovery times, many patients prefer this procedure over a traditional facelift.
A full facelift is a more extensive procedure aimed at patients with moderate to severe signs of ageing (significant loss of volume, sagging skin, wrinkles) while a mini facelift, being a less extensive procedure is better suited to younger patients requiring minimal correction of signs of ageing. The mini facelift targets specific areas, and can’t improve on areas like the forehead or eyes. That’s why some patients have complementary procedures performed at the same time as their mini facelift.
Because a mini facelift is designed to address the cheek, jawline and neck areas, many patients combine a mini facelift with eyelid surgery to correct drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes. A brow lift is also often employed to smooth wrinkles on the forehead.
Generally, a mini facelift takes from 45 to 90 minutes. If any complementary procedures are performed at the same time, the surgery will last from 2 to 3 hours.
There is some discomfort, which is easily controlled by mild pain medication. Some patients find that over-the-country pain medication works to eliminate the discomfort following surgery.
You should stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery, as smoking can seriously impede the healing process. Avoid aspirin and aspirin products in the weeks leading up to your surgery. In addition, your surgeon will review your medications with you during your initial consultation, and may recommend stopping certain medications before your surgery.
If the surgery is healing properly, sutures will be removed in five to six days. There will be some swelling and bruising, but that should dissipate after 10 days. Most patients are able to return to work within 7 to 10 days.
You will need to avoid strenuous activities for 2 to 3 weeks following your surgery.
There are many factors that will determine how long the effects of a mini facelift last. Typically, mini facelifts will last for many years, but gravity and ageing will play a role in how long the appearance lasts.
As with all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks involved. These risks include bleeding, infection, swelling, scar irregularities and blood clots, but they are rare. Our operating suite is state-of-the-art, and we do everything we can to minimise the risks associated with surgery.
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