Mini-lift is a minimally invasive, one-hour procedure with long-lasting, natural results. This facelift procedure was designed to improve the laxity of jowls, cheeks, loose neck (turkey neck) and facial skin WITHOUT the need for major ANESTHESIA.
Ft. Lauderdale plastic surgeons Dr. Rankin or Dr. Dev begin the surgery by making an incision just behind the hairline at the temples. If he is performing a neck lift in conjunction with the facelift procedure, the doctor sometimes makes a second incision beneath the chin.
What Does a Mini- Face Lift Do?
Aging alters the body in many ways, but nowhere are these harsh realities as visible as on the face. Coupled with the sun’s damaging rays, the aging process coarsens the texture of the skin, diminishes its youthful layer of fatty tissue, and causes the angularity of the face to be lost. As the skin makes its downward descent off the cheeks, jaw, and neck, it pouches into unsightly bags and overhanging jowls. These outward signs often generate comments of tiredness and questions of sadness that really belie an inner vitality. The great value of a Mini-lift is that it can help counter this generalized facial sagging and give the face a more rested and youthful appearance. The procedure does not change you; it simply makes you look the way you did years ago.
How is Mini-Lift Surgery Performed?
You will only need local anesthesia, which is a relatively painless local injection of an anesthetic mixed with epinephrine to numb your face. The idea behind avoiding major anesthesia is so the patient will have a safer procedure and be able to go home right after. Dr. Rankin and Dr. Dev are an experts in keeping even the most anxious patients relaxed and comfortable. Mini-lift removes excess skin and fat from the face and neck area through well planned incisions that start in the hairline and run down in front of the ear, up behind the ear. It repositions and supports the underlying structures and drooping fat, muscles, and skin. The preoperative analysis evaluates the quality of the skin, looseness at the jaw line, the angle from the chin to the bottom of the neck, and the amount of fat and excess skin present in the neck area. The results are very dependent on the elasticity of the skin. If the skin has had extensive damage, additional procedures may be required. Mini-lift can best correct skin laxity in the face and neck as well as contour problems caused by protruding fat.
How Long Does the Mini-Lift Last?
In every face, regardless of the person’s age, some slack can be found. Following the procedure, the aging process continues and the skin loses more of its elastic properties. Gravity causes the loose skin to accumulate along the jaws, along the sides of the mouth and in the center of the neck under the chin. It is impossible to predict when – and to what extent – this may happen. Genetics, age differences, ethnic backgrounds, stress, illness, and nutrition all play a role in how soon other mini-lift procedures may be considered. However on the average it may take 10-15 years before you might need any additional tuck up.
By avoiding anesthesia, swelling and bruising is significantly reduced. You should be able to go out in public with the help of makeup within a few days, but this will vary with each patient. It’s important to limit your activities for several days. And it will probably be 4-7 days before you can return to work.
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Mini facelift is an advanced facial plastic surgery procedure that can help men and women achieve a youthful appearance without extensive surgery or significant downtime. If you have been considering facial rejuvenation treatments, you owe it to yourself to consult with an expert surgeon. Please call to schedule an appointment with one or our, top facelift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and brow lift surgeons.