5 Things You Didn’t Know About A Mini Facelift

The mini facelift, also referred to as a week­end facelift, quick lift and for­mer­ly known as lifestyle lift pro­vides a solu­tion to the changes you see in your face as you age. It can help reduce vis­i­ble signs of aging, by tight­en­ing and firm­ing the cheeks, jaw­line and neck. The mini facelift is one of the most pop­u­lar types of facial reju­ve­na­tion pro­ce­dures per­formed today. The mini facelift’s rise in pop­u­lar­i­ty is like­ly due to its abil­i­ty to address the first signs of aging and sag­ging skin, and avoids the down­time of a more exten­sive facelift surgery.

Below are 5 things you may not know about the mini facelift.

1) The Right Can­di­date for a Mini Facelift

Men and women who have mild to mod­er­ate facial jowl­ing or sag­ging skin and are look­ing to tight­en and lift the low­er face are gen­er­al­ly the per­fect can­di­dates for a mini facelift. Most com­mon­ly, patients are between the ages of 40 and 70.

2) Advan­tages of a Mini” Surgery

Many peo­ple find var­i­ous aspects more advan­ta­geous than oth­ers. For some, the short­er recov­ery time of the mini facelift is the biggest advan­tage. Oth­ers are relieved to find out that a mini facelift can be done under local anes­the­sia. Because you don’t have to go under gen­er­al anes­the­sia for the mini facelift, you are able to stay awake and walk out after the pro­ce­dure. An addi­tion­al ben­e­fit is that since the mini facelift is done under local anes­the­sia, often lit­tle-to-no pre-oper­a­tive test­ing is nec­es­sary. Patients often feel that these fac­tors make the mini lift a less daunt­ing procedure.

3) Dif­fer­ent Recov­ery Com­pared to Tra­di­tion­al Facelift

Recov­ery from a mini facelift is faster and much eas­i­er than a full facelift. Most peo­ple expe­ri­ence mild dis­com­fort that is well con­trolled with oral pain med­ica­tion for rough­ly one to two days. After that, most patients switch to Tylenol for an addi­tion­al day. Those who have a client-fac­ing job usu­al­ly con­sid­er going back to work at day sev­en due to the poten­tial for swelling or bruis­ing, though they are feel­ing well enough to go back sooner.

4) Results Dif­fer From An Exten­sive Facelift

Although the mini facelift is designed pri­mar­i­ly to tight­en the low­er half of the face and focus­es most­ly on the jaw­line and jowls, a slight amount of upper neck tight­en­ing can also be achieved. In a tra­di­tion­al facelift, the focus is most­ly on lift­ing and smooth­ing the neck more dra­mat­i­cal­ly. That being said, dur­ing the mini facelift, the sub­men­tal fat (under the chin) can be removed, improv­ing the look of a turkey neck’. Remov­ing this fat and tight­en­ing the remain­ing tis­sue in the neck can also help to restore def­i­n­i­tion to the chin.

The mini facelift will pro­vide a very nat­ur­al-look­ing tight­en­ing, lift­ing and smooth­ing result. The tight­en­ing takes place through small inci­sions near the ears, mak­ing the scars from the mini facelift dif­fi­cult to see.

5) Longevi­ty of a Mini Facelift

Aging face surg­eries gen­er­al­ly last about sev­en years. This can vary of course for each indi­vid­ual, based on how well you take care of your skin as well as oth­er factors.

To learn more about a mini facelift, or to sched­ule a con­sul­ta­tion, call 630−545−7840 today!

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