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 is made at the hairline in front of the ear is extended down in the crease between the ear and the cheek. The 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.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?
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.
Benefits of Mini Facelift vs. Full Facelift
While a traditional facelift may produce more noticeable results, that is not always what people are looking for. This is where the mini facelift comes in. Benefits of a celebrity facelift include:
- Patient is under local anesthesia, or intravenous sedation
- General anesthesia is not necessary
- No bandages are necessary
- Typically takes one to one and a half hours
Mini Facelift Procedure
For a mini facelift, Dr. Price makes the initial incision in front of the patient’s ear. The incision extends from the bottom of the earlobe and stopped as the hairline behind the ear. He then pulls the tissues upward and outward toward the ears. This reduces sagging skin and jowls, along with wrinkles throughout the lower face.
Despite the light name, this procedure does not only involve the skin. It also focuses on the underlying muscular system, called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), as well as fat tissues. By lifting these underlying tissues, a mini lift is able to enhance the patient’s natural facial contours with significant results that still look completely natural.
When Dr. Price is satisfied with the new position of the skin and underlying muscles, they are sutured into place with permanent sutures. The final step is to trim excess skin. A mini facelift usually takes an hour and a half to perform.
Preparing For a Celebrity 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.
How Long Will Mini Facelift Results Last?
Despite the name, a mini facelift with Dr. Price provide patients with significant results. This procedure restores definition to your jaw and removes sagging and wrinkles on the lower cheeks and around the mouth.
These results are permanent, however your face will still continue to age. A mini facelift is a great procedure for patients who do not have dramatic sagging of their facial skin yet, but want to address the signs of aging that are beginning to show. Some patients choose to undergo a secondary procedure to restore results five years after their initial facelift.
Mini Facelift Recovery
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.
Can a Mini Facelift Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Procedures?
The mini facelift targets the lower third of the face. You can combine this simple procedure with other procedures such as eyelid surgery or a brow lift to extend the treated areas. BOTOX can erase wrinkles on the upper third of the face, or dermal fillers such Juvederm Volbella can augment the lips. If you’d like to combine procedures, talk with Dr. Price during your consultation.
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.