If your face needs some rejuvenation, but you don’t have the time to recover from a traditional facelift, then a mini facelift might be the perfect option for you. Mini facelifts are less invasive than traditional facelifts and allow for a shorter recovery time and are a good option for those who don’t need major corrections.
What is a Mini Facelift?
Similar to a traditional facelift, the purpose of a mini facelift is to correct sagging skin on the face to provide a more youthful appearance. Rather than lifting the entire face as a traditional facelift does, mini facelifts are able to correct specific areas of sagging skin on the face, such as the cheeks and jawbones. Mini facelifts are usually done with small, minimal incisions. They take less time for surgery and the healing time is typically just a few days.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?
The best candidates for mini facelifts are those who need small improvements in skin elasticity, not major transformations. Candidates for mini facelifts are generally between 30-65 years old and are in good general health. It has been shown that those who undergo mini facelifts are less likely to need a full facelift later in life.
In addition to wrinkles or sagging on the face, the neck is also heavily affected by aging. Dr. Self also specializes in neck lifts, which are meant to lift and rejuvenate the skin on the neck to create a more youthful appearance. Neck lifts can involve just the lifting of the skin, the removal of excess skin, or even to remove excess fat from the neck. The procedure takes 2-3 hours and also involves a recovery period as a result of the incisions and the work that was done.
People who are concerned about jowls, double chins, a “turkey wattle” or just sagging or wrinkling skin on the neck are typically good candidates for a neck lift. Neck lifts are invasive procedures that require general anesthesia. Incisions are usually made under or behind the ear and possibly under the chin. Recovery time for neck lifts takes from 1-2 weeks, depending on the extent of the procedures.