Mini Facelift Surgery
A mini facelift is a limited and conservative plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce minor to moderate signs of aging from the face. Dr. Brian J. Parker is a plastic surgeon providing both full facelift and mini facelift procedures to patients in and around Las Vegas.
Scarring is minimal in case of a mini facelift due to a less invasive surgery. The procedure is well-suited for patients who are looking to reduce wrinkles and fine lines cheeks, mid face, and portion below the lower eyelids.
Candidates for a Mini Facelift
A patient whose face is showing a minor to moderate level of lines and wrinkles, or the onset of signs of aging has just begun, may benefit from a mini facelift. The procedure is effective for patients who are keen to delay the appearance of aging on the face and looking for less invasive treatments.
A good candidate for this cosmetic surgery will typically be in the age group of 30 to 45. Patients with realistic expectations will usually achieve good satisfaction levels from the surgery. Some candidates may need a mini facelift along with eye lift surgery or liposuction of the neck.
One of the key advantages of a mini facelift procedure is the cosmetic surgeon can perform it using intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. This avoids all the potential risks and costs that may be associated with general anesthesia. The recovery period is much faster as compared to a full facelift.
If the patient is looking for a maintenance procedure and not a highly invasive procedure, a mini facelift is more useful. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Parker will explain the pros and cons of the procedure to his patients in Las Vegas and nearby areas to help them make an informed decision.
The mini facelift procedure is effective in the reduction and repositioning of facial fat. It can help create an enhanced jaw life and restore the chin and neck angle. The face will appear more rested and rejuvenated after the surgery. The results are long lasting, natural looking, and scarring is minimal.
The procedure of a mini facelift begins with the surgeon placing a few tiny incisions in pre-determined areas of the face. The surgeon may adopt a technique that addresses the lower face area, or in some cases, neck, and jowl corrections may be carried out along with the lower face. The procedure is performed using local anesthesia to numb the lower face.
Incisions are usually placed behind the ears or in the front, and may extend up to the hairline. Tightening and lift of the loose skin is performed through the incisions. The incisions are finally closed with fine sutures or tape.
Recovery and Results
Most patients can return to work within five to seven days following the procedure. Minor swelling and bruising will be experienced in the first few days. Full effects of the procedure will appear after a few weeks as swelling resolves completely. The results of a mini facelift are fairly long lasting, natural looking, and predictable.