A mini face-lift incorporates procedures such as s-lifts or limited incision face-lifts and is specially designed to reduce the amount of disruption caused by having a traditional facelift – both by the actual surgery itself and the recovery time that is needed. A local anesthesia is used instead of a general anesthetic and it is a much improved solution for people who are notorious for healing issues – such as smokers and diabetics.
If you are wanting to reduce the signs of aging in your face, it may be that you don’t need a full, traditional face lift. You can book a consultation with a good cosmetic surgeon such as Dr Kaplan or Dr Lee to discuss what your options are. In your consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will carefully examine each part of your face and recommend what the best way to proceed is for you and your specific needs.
An s-lift is when a small, s-shaped incision in made under the ear. From this incision, your surgeon can then tighten the skin by lifting it and the underlying tissue to give your face a younger and more youthful appearance. The procedure can take out loose jowls, reduce nasalabial folds, take out loose skin and give more definition to the cheek bone.
Depending on the amount of physical exercise that you carry out at work you will need about two weeks off work to fully recover. Other surgery such as a neck-lift can also be carried out if needed, at the same time to give an overall more concise and better look over all.
Although a mini face-lift is a relatively small piece of surgery compared to others which are available, it should be remembered that it is still a form of surgery and you still should prepare yourself like any other. Dr Kaplan, Dr Lee or your cosmetic surgeon will give you more detailed guidelines, but they are likely to include:
- Stop smoking and drinking a couple of weeks before
- Stop taking blood thinning medication such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen
- Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing on the day of the procedure
- Be prepared to stay at home for a couple of weeks by stocking up on necessities
After the procedure
The amount of time that the surgery takes to heal depends on each individual person, but you should be able to carry out normal everyday tasks within 10 to 14 days. You will have bandages on your head for the first couple of days, which will then be removed and usually a face garment fitted to help with the healing process.
There will be some bruising and swelling, but this should be completely cleared up within a couple of months. There can also be some skin gathering behind the ear, due to the smaller incision. Eventually this will completely flatten down, but if it is painful or off-putting, there are solutions that can be given.
Although a mini face-list is far less intrusive than a traditional one, it is still important that you treat it like the surgical procedure that it is. By really preparing yourself and looking after yourself afterwards you can ensure that you get the best effects from your mini facelift and enjoy a younger looking appearance for years to come.
To discuss mini face-lifts or any other cosmetic surgery questions that you have, get in touch today!
Read more: How to Deal with Scars after a Facelift