Over time, the face will lose its natural, youthful appearance. As the skin loses elasticity, it stretches and sags. Extra skin first shows as deeper folds between the nose and mouth, mild jowling, and extra folds of skin beneath the chin. For many patients with early aging changes in the face, a mini facelift, or “celebrity lift”, may be a better alternative than a standard or “full” lift. A celebrity lift offers a quicker recovery, shorter incisions, and of course, less cost than a full lift.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
In a mini lift, a short incision at the hairline in front of the ear is extended down in the crease between the ear and the cheek. Skin in front of the ear is released, and a thin, deeper muscle layer is lifted to a more youthful position. Dr. Price trims the extra skin and hides the incision where the cheek meets the ear. This patient is under local anesthesia, or intravenous sedation for the procedure. General anesthesia is not necessary. No bandages are necessary, and the procedure typically takes one to one and a half hours.
Mini Facelift Candidates
Ideal candidates for a mini facelift have signs of aging down to the jawline, but only early changes in the neck. For more advanced sagging of the neck, a standard or full facelift may be more appropriate. Dr. Price can further enhance a mini facelift by performing it in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures. People who are 40 to 60 years old, or those who have already undergone a previous facelift surgery, are frequently good candidates for this procedure.
Preparing for a Mini Facelift
During your initial consultation with Dr. Price, he will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your upcoming procedure. Such instructions will include complete cessation of smoking, avoiding certain medications, as well as advice on medications and activity limitations which will help speed recovery. It is important to follow these instructions to reap the best results from your mini facelift.
What to Expect After a Mini Facelift
There is usually minimal to no pain after the lift, and no dressings are necessary. Immediately after your procedure, you will see anew, younger and fresher look to your face! Dr. Price removes your sutures five days later. Patients with longer hair can hide the stitches and mild bruising with makeup and hairstyles. Patients with short hair will have visible sutures for five days. Lifting, pulling and pushing, as well as workouts are restricted for two weeks, at which point patients may resume full activity.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in a Mini Facelift, contact our office at (203) 453-6635 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gary Price. Our practice serves Guilford, New Haven, and surrounding areas in Connecticut.