For patients interested in rejuvenating their face without an extended recovery time or a high degree of pain and discomfort, a mini facelift is a popular and effective option to correct wrinkles and sagging skin.
One of the most well-known benefits of a mini facelift is its shorter recovery period. For most traditional facelifts, people need about four to five weeks in order to heal completely. Mini facelifts often heal in less than two weeks. Patients can usually return to work and normal activities sooner as the surgery is less invasive.
Post-treatment pain after a mini facelift is also much less than a traditional one. Swelling and bruising does occur but is often very light and is able to resolve in a few weeks.
Patients who are hesitant to be given anesthesia usually find a mini facelift as an attractive option. Most surgeons will use a combination of twilight sedation and a local anesthetic to carry out a mini facelift. Twilight anesthesia comes with a much smaller chance of nausea, vomiting, or other complications.
Mini facelifts are best for those who have noticed sagging skin, extra fat tissue, or wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It is essential to keep a few aspects in mind if you are interested in the procedure.
First, since mini facelifts are less invasive than their traditional counterparts, the result of the procedure does have a shorter shelf life. Patients who take care to maintain their face and a healthy lifestyle after a mini facelift usually see the results last anywhere from two to six years. Traditional facelifts often last at least a decade.
A mini facelift is a good choice for patients who are younger and who might be interested in treating fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure is not going to be useful for people who have deeper lines and wrinkles, or other signs of moderate to severe aging. Fully formed jowls and deep skin sagging will require treatment that only a full facelift can provide.
Mini facelifts are also not useful for patients who are looking for big aesthetic changes in the neck.
Prospective patients should keep in mind the various factors that differentiate a mini facelift and a traditional facelift before making a choice about either procedure.
Dr. Wallin is happy to speak with any patient during a consultation and give advice on the treatment options that would suit you best. If you are interested in a mini facelift, he will let you know about what you can expect from the procedure and can also recommend other treatment options to address specific concerns.
During the actual mini facelift procedure, Dr. Wallin will make incisions in front of the ears that will run from the bottom of the earlobe to the hairline. The underlying tissue will be turned upwards towards the ears to help mitigate the effects of sagging skin and jowls.
A mini facelift will also target the underling muscular system in the face, known as the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), alongside other accompanying fat tissue.
Dr. Wallin will manipulate the SMAS during the procedure to make your face look more aesthetically pleasing and accentuate the natural contours and bone structure of the face.
Tissue and skin are sutured into place and any excess is trimmed off. The entire process of a mini facelift can take around two hours.
Before the procedure, you will be asked to stop taking certain medications and supplements to reduce the risk of clotting. Since anesthesia is involved, you will be required to arrange some sort of transportation to and from the surgical center.
You will be able to head home after your procedure to rest. Dr. Wallin will give you a compression garment to wear and will bandage up sensitive areas to help them heal.
Patients will be asked to make follow up appointments to return and get sutures removed a few days after a mini facelift. Most stitches can come out in about one week.
It is very common to experience bruising, swelling, sensitivity, or redness on the face after surgery. This process will carry on as the body tries to get used to the feeling of tissues that have been moved around and repositioned. Dr. Wallin will provide comprehensive and detailed advice about how to properly take care of the face after surgery to ensure the healing process is able to occur without issues.
Patients should not try and resume any strenuous activities or exercise until they are cleared to do so.
Even though mini facelifts can last for several years, many people are curious about what they can do to slow the signs of aging and maintain the results of a procedure. Common treatment techniques before or after a mini facelift include Botox® injections, dermal fillers, fractional laser treatments, and platelet-rich plasma to rejuvenate the face.
A mini facelift is often able to be combined with other cosmetic procedures to result in a more natural-looking face. Treatments like a neck lift or mid-facelift (cheekbones to jaws) are popular surgical enhancements that can be carried out in the effort to give patients a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
A mini facelift is an effective procedure designed to give patients results that can sustain for the long term and look natural. It can help restore facial definition, eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, and give you a new sense of self-confidence in your appearance.
Schedule a consultation with our office if you are curious about the steps of a mini facelift and how the procedure can give you a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.
During a consultation, Dr. Wallin will take photos of your face for reference, examine any areas you are looking to target, and carefully explain the treatment and recovery process of a mini facelift. He will also give advice about other cosmetic treatments that could be effective.
Schedule a consultation with our office today to speak with our team about a mini facelift.
If you live in the St. George area and are interested in learning more about the mini facelift procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jordan Wallin today. Dr. Wallin is highly sub-specialized in plastic surgery of the head, face, and neck only. As an expert in this area, he is uniquely qualified to perform mini facelifts and is committed to the unique needs of each of his patients. He designs custom fit facelift dressings for all his facelift patients to maximize comfort after the surgery; if you ever have concerns or questions about your procedure, Dr. Wallin is easy to reach with help and assistance.
If you’re ready to address the signs of aging and regain your youthful appearance with a facelift in St. George, contact Dr. Wallin today for a consultation.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these options, Dr. Wallin would love to talk with you. Call us at (435) 627-8150, or reach out to us online to set up an appointment to meet one-on-one with a talented plastic surgeon.