ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: FACIAL
Mini Face Lifts
The Mini-Facelift is his is a quick and discreet procedure
suited to busy executives and those who do not have
time for the prolonged recovery of a full face lift.
It is regarded as a maintenance procedure, best suited
for people in their 30s and 50s who have good skin tone,
but are starting to see some laxity in their lower face
around the jaw. It suits those who don’t really
require a full facelift, but still want to reverse and
hold off the aging process.
It is commonly used by celebrities, who do not want
any procedures to be noticeable.
The differences to the traditional facelift are:
- The scar is shorter
- There are fewer complications, such as possible
hair loss around the incisions
- There is also a little less bruising and swelling
of the face post-operatively
- There''s very little need for bandages after the
- The recovery period is much quicker - the patient
can usually return to work after five to seven days
How do I know I need a mini-face lift?
As a face ages, the jaw line changes from being oval
to square in shape. This is the result of drooping of
the mini-facial muscles [and skin], and the beginning
of jowl formation. There is often some laxity in the
neck muscles, resulting in a loss of definition of the
neck and jaw line.
Face lifting elevates sagging skin, muscle and fat.
It also adjusts the suspension of skin around the neck
and jaw, bringing back a youthful definition.
Every patient is different in the aging of their face
- often depending on what as contributed to skin laxity
and fat accumulation, fat degeneration and sagging.
This might be from rapid weight loss, stress, too much
alchohol or smoking. Whilst we will all eventually show
signs of aging in the face, the variance in age is largely
attributed to physical attributes and lifestyle.
How do I know if I am a good candidate?
All surgeons will consult with you prior to scheduling
the surgery. In general, if you are over 45, a non-smoker,
and physically healthy and emotionally stable, you shouldn't
have an problems getting a surgeon to perform the procedure.
There must be enough saggy loose skin to trim and the
muscle underneath needs to be relatively in good condition.
You will not be a good candidate if you have diseases
such as high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease.
also, anyone with receding hairline must recognise that
the scars will be quite obvious with no hair cover.
An incision is made around the ear, but not in the
hairline. There is also a small incision underneath
the chin. All of the scars are well concealed in skin
What's involved in a mini-face lift?
The purpose of a mini-facelift is to recreate the youthful
contours of the jaw line, neck and cheekbones. It does
not address any sagging of upper or lower eyelids or
the brow. These will require additional procedures,
and are often combined with the mini-face lift.
Incisions are made just under the hairline, about an
inch up from the top of the ear lobe - then down in
front of the top cartilage rim of the ear, behind the
targus [the cartilage flap at the front of the ear],
then behind the ear in the natural crease. This results
in a very discrete scar that will fade.
The platysma muscle in the neck and the fascia joining
into the muscles in the face are tightened. The deeper
sagging facial tissues are fixed to a point in the temple
fascia using three internal sutures. By vertically lifting
the fallen muscle and fat tissues of the face and neck,
the cheeks, jowls and neck will return to their correct
position. This has a much longer lasting effect that
skin tightening alone.
Lifting and internally suspending the cheek fat pads
using the so called 'volumetric' method enhances the
full youthful look. Unwanted fat pads under the chin
can be removed using fine-bore liposuction. this greatly
enhances the neck appearance.
What other procedures can be done to improve
Deep lines aroudn the lips, the mouth, in the naso-labial
fold and in the brow can be softened with dermal fillers.
Alternatively, micro fat grafting can be used, in which
case other areas suffering from natural fat loss can
be reinstated to their youthful contours. "Top-ups'
after several months may be needed.
- The skin may be enhanced with laser resurfacing
or chemical peel.
- Dermabrasion of coarse lip lines or old acne scars
can also be done..
There is usually one night of post-facelift dressing,
A facelift chin strap bandage is worn continually
for a week; after which it is worn at night for another
How long does it take to recover?
It may take 2-3 weeks for the worst of the swelling
and bruising to disappear and from 6 months to 1 year
for the scars to fade to a white line.
The procedure can take 10 years off a patients appearance
and lasts for seven to ten years, after which the continuing
aging process may indicate another procedure.
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