Mini "Weekend" Facelift

Are you seeing the first signs of aging but aren’t ready for a traditional facelift? Do you want a younger looking face but can’t take significant time away from your busy schedule? The mini facelift may be perfect for you.

The mini facelift is designed to rejuvenate the lower face and upper neck, providing a more youthful and rested appearance. It removes minor sagging or drooping around the cheeks and jowls. The mini facelift is ideal for patients who do not have advanced signs of aging or who do not wish to undergo a more extensive formal lower facelift.

The mini facelift is sometimes known as the weekend facelift because of how quickly it is performed and the short recovery period. There is less downtime, less risk and a lower cost with a mini facelift.

What Can I Expect?

Performed under local anesthesia, small incisions are placed around the ear. Dr. Karen lifts, repositions and removes facial tissue to achieve optimal results. Deeper tissues are identified and tightened and extra skin is removed. This minimizes deep dissection, which reduces surgery time and recovery time.

Because the cosmetic problems targeted are relatively minor, the incisions made can be quite small. As a result, the mini facelift is one of the least invasive procedures in facial surgery

It’s important to note that while the mini facelift targets the lower face and upper neck, it will not affect the forehead and brow position, the eyelids, or the mid face area. Other procedures such as a brow lift, blepharoplasty or mid facelift can better treat these areas.

In general, the risk of infection and bleeding is very low. Since it is performed under local anesthesia, it is safer than procedures done under general anesthesia. The incisions made do leave scars. However, they are well concealed in and around the natural curves of the ear and in the hairline behind the ear.

Guidelines for After Surgery

Varying degrees of swelling and bruising will occur during the first seven to 10 days after surgery. During the first few days, patients are advised to sleep with the head slightly elevated to help minimize swelling in the face and neck. Medication can control any pain or discomfort. Bandages are changed within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. The stitches are removed within five to six days after surgery and a lighter, removable bandage is put in place.

Is This Right for Me?

Every person is different. The best way to find out if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Karen.