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Mini facelift

What is the Mini facelift?

A mini facelift is a procedure that allows a surgeon to reposition or alter the skin and muscles of the face in order to minimize blemishes, wrinkles, and other defects that accompany aging. A mini face lift consists only of tightening and re-draping lax skin tissue, whereas a full face lift also tightens the underlying tissues.

The mini lift does not improve the upper face. However, one of the great advantages of the mini lift is that it can easily be combined with other procedures such as brow lifting or eyelid surgery.

What is the procedure?

The surgeon numbs the skin with local anesthetic or sometimes patients may choose to have the surgery under general anesthesia. The incisions run from just above the ear to below and a little behind the ear. The skin and soft tissues are delicately mobilized and pulled up about an inch before being sutured. Patients need to wear a special head bandage for a day or two after the procedure.

What kind of result can you expect?

The final results are seen 1 – 3 months after the procedure, and they are almost always pleasing. Your face will look younger and more toned because the skin has been stretched. The surgery should remove most of the excess skin. Any scarring will naturally fade and become scarcely visible with time.

Recovery period and recommendations

A short scar face lift is much less traumatic than full face lift, which means that you will have less pain, bruising and swelling than if you’d opted for a full surgical face lift. The scars of are much shorter and less noticeable. Most people get back to normal after 7 – 10 days, some people take much less time. Any discomfort is minor and can be treated with simple painkillers.

Possible side effects and complications

The risks and potential complications of a mini face lift are the same as that of a full face lift. However, they occur much less frequently and tend to be less severe. The possible risks include hematoma (blood collection) formation, infection, nerve damage, pain, bruising and swelling. Poor skin healing and wound breakdown is more likely in patients who smoke. The commonest complaint is of tightness or difficulty in opening the mouth – this settles down within a few days.

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