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Mini Facelift

Article-Mini Facelift

Procedure Description: The mini facelift is sometimes known as the weekend facelift because of how quickly it can be performed and how short the recovery period is. The procedure generally enhances key facial areas with less risk and less stress than standard facelift surgery, but results are considerably less dramatic. This is an option when patients are not quite ready for a traditional facelift but want to address some minor aging issues, such as slightly sagging jowls. The mini facelift focuses on specific areas of the face, such as the neck and the folds of the nose. Using smaller incisions and often taking advantage of endoscopic facelift technology, the cosmetic surgeon lifts, repositions, and removes facial tissue to achieve optimal results. Once factors contributing to unwanted sagging and drooping have been eliminated, the surgeon carefully repositions the skin using small sutures.

Length of Procedure: A mini-facelift is done in the office or as an outpatient procedure and can be performed under IV sedation anesthesia or with local anesthetic. It takes about two to three hours.

Recovery: Some people have the procedure performed on a Friday, return to the office on Saturday for a quick follow-up appointment, and return to work on Monday or Tuesday. Although a prescription for pain medication is provided, most patients say over-the-counter Tylenol is all they need to alleviate any discomfort. Some people may experience temporary bruising, which can be camouflaged with makeup after three days. To minimize swelling, patients are encouraged to sleep with their head elevated for the first week and to apply cold compresses the first 48 hours.

Risks: As with any type of surgery, there are inherent risks, which can include post-operative swelling, bleeding and visible scarring. However, refraining from smoking and carefully following the pre- and post-operative surgical instructions reduces the likelihood of these complications.

Results: Patients enjoy an overall firming of the lower facial area, noticeable jaw line definition and a more elegant neckline. It is important to keep in mind, however, that after any facial procedure, the normal aging process resumes. Lifestyle choices, bone structure, skin type, sun exposure and heredity all play a part in determining how long the desired improvement will last.

Estimated Cost: The mini facelift costs between $2,500- $5,000.

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