Facelifts range in size from “mini” to “standard,” depending on the location and extent of skin laxity. You may be a candidate for a mini-facelift if you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone in your face and neck. A mini-facelift may also be desirable if you are developing jowls and creases between the base of your nose and the corners of your mouth, or if you have facial and neck wrinkles. If you believe you lack youthful chin and neck contours and/or feel you have a tired facial appearance, a Mini-Facelift may be the answer. A mini-facelift is intended to give you a more rested and youthful contour to your face and neck.
The Mini Facelift Procedure
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis while you are under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia. Incisions are made within the hairline (or along the hair margin) above the ear, extending down around the lobe and ending in or below the hairline behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers and neck muscles are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed.
Recovery time varies from individual to individual. Most swelling and discoloring will be gone in 1 to 2 weeks. You may resume regular lifestyle within 2 to 3 weeks and resume moderate exercise within 2 to 4 weeks.
Please call La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre, San Diego at (858) 452-1981 for more information on cosmetic surgery procedures including mini facelift surgery.