If you would like to refresh your look, but you’re not ready to undergo an extensive facelift, then you can ask your doctor about a mini-facelift. A mini-facelift reduces wrinkles in the mid to lower face, and restores youthful facial contours. But what is a mini-facelift, and how does it differ from a full facelift.
What is a mini-facelift?
A mini-facelift is designed to correct moderate degrees of age-related concerns such as sagging jowls, drooping cheeks, and laxity around the jawline. The mini-facelift is less invasive and less costly than the full facelift. It also requires fewer incisions, and has a faster recovery time.
Who can benefit
The mini-facelift targets the area above the jawline. It is therefore recommended for individuals who would like to eliminate early signs of aging in the mid-face, but don’t have a lot of excess skin around the neck and jawline.
The mini-facelift is generally performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation. The incisions are made along the natural curves of the face around the hairline. During the procedure the surgeon will tighten the underlying muscle layer of the face, and also redrape the skin and remove any excess fat. Sutures are used to close the incisions.
There will be some bruising and swelling after the procedure, and this may last up to 14 days. Complications are infrequent but they can occur, so patients are advised to closely follow their surgeon’s advice before and after surgery.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nia Banks practices in Lanham, MD, and has extensive experience in performing the mini-facelift and other cosmetic procedures. Please call the Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery at 301-880-7022 to set up your consultation with Dr. Banks, and learn more about what is a mini-facelift.