If you are interested in reversing the hands of time but are not prepared to deal with the downtime of a full facelift, a mini facelift may be right for you. Also called an S lift or a short-incision facelift, the mini facelift helps patients smooth wrinkles and tighten sagging skin.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
A mini facelift is a procedure in which a surgeon uses small incisions to lift and rejuvenate the lower face and neck for a more youthful appearance. It is often considered a maintenance procedure since it is used for patients who are just starting to notice signs of facial sagging and wrinkling.
A mini facelift is a modified version of the regular facelift and offers a number of advantages. It takes less time to perform and involves much shorter incisions, making it less invasive. Because of this, recovery time is reduced, swelling is minor in nature, and the chance of complications is minimized.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?
Ideal S-lift candidates are between the ages of 30 and 60 who have noticed minor drooping around the lower face and the jawline. Patients who want subtle results that look very natural are good candidates for a mini facelift. If you’re experiencing dramatic sagging in areas like the midface, lower face, and neck, you may be better served by a full facelift.
For more comprehensive results, patients may combine their mini facelift with procedures like the brow lift, neck liposuction, upper and lower eyelid lifts, laser skin resurfacing, facial fat transfer, and chemical peels. Find out more about your options during your consultation.
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How Is the Mini Facelift Performed?
Our surgeons perform the mini facelift using a tiny S-shaped incision made around the ear. This incision is often well-camouflaged by the hairline, resulting in very natural-looking results. Because the incision is so small in comparison to a full facelift incision, the need for bandages after surgery is reduced.
With the help of two pursestring sutures, the fibrous tissue around the muscles of the face is precisely tightened and lifted. Once wrinkles have been sufficiently drawn and the skin looks naturally younger, stitches are used to close the incisions.
Post-Procedure Care and Recovery
It can take up to four weeks to fully heal after mini facelift surgery. Immediately following the procedure, patients may consider the need for a friend or family member to help for a couple of days in order to get some rest. It will be helpful to sleep with your head elevated for a week to help reduce swelling; use ice packs to keep the swelling and pain at bay; take painkillers and other medications as prescribed.
It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions on care and incision cleaning. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to evaluate healing and remove sutures once the incisions are healed. Patients will need to stay out of the sun for at least six weeks and apply sunscreen if they are exposed to sunlight, for best results. The full results of your mini facelift will be visible as soon as all swelling has disappeared.
Mini Facelift Cost
The cost of a mini facelift procedure is based on techniques performed, the overall time required to perform the surgery, and the selected type of anesthesia.
Contact Our Office
Our surgeons have the skill and experience needed to perform high-quality mini facelifts for patients throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond. To find out more, contact Idaho Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.