Mini Facelift Office Procedure
If you are bothered by signs of aging in your face, a Facelift or Mini-Facelift surgery may be right for you. It can be performed in our Fort Lauderdale office under local anesthesia with oral sedation. This procedure will correct:
- Sagging in the midface
- Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
- Fat that has fallen or is displaced
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower face may create jowls
- Neck bands
Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a Mini Facelift include a brow lift and a blepharoplasty.
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Is it right for me?
A Mini Facelift is a surgical procedure that would be an excellent choice if you are:
- You are physically healthy
- Not excessively anxious about surgical procedures
- You have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of your appearance
What Happens During Mini Facelift Surgery?
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during a facelift procedure. These include local anesthesia and oral sedatives. A variety of other procedures can further enhance the outcome of a facelift.
Step 2 – The incision
The incisions are limited in length, extending from the earlobe, along the natural crease in front of the earlobe, along the posterior margin of the tragus, along a natural shadow in front of the helical root, to the sideburn hairline, and then horizontally along the hairline. This results in a scar that is optimally hidden and once healed barely visible. There are no scars in the posterior hairline which allows you to wear your hair up.
Underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted.
Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Once healed, the incision lines are well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear.
Step 4 – See the results
The visible improvements of a Facelift appear as swelling and bruising subside. Your final result should not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself.
Mini-Facelift results will be long-lasting
It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to 6 months for incision lines to mature.
Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your rejuvenated appearance by minimizing photo-aging or sun damage. In addition, a healthy lifestyle will also help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.
The Benefits of a Mini Facelift at Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Dr. John Michael Thomassen is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He performs numerous minimally invasive procedures at Thomassen Plastic Surgery, including mini facelifts.
Many of Dr. Thomassen’s patients choose to have a mini facelift to address the early signs of aging. Most of Dr. Thomassen’s Fort Lauderdale patients are in their 30s or 40s when they choose to have a mini facelift. Choosing to have this minimally invasive procedure at this point in time allows patients to age gracefully. In addition, this procedure offers results that are less drastic than a traditional facelift.
The benefits of a mini facelift with Dr. Thomassen in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. include:
- Less downtime than is necessary following a traditional facelift.
- Patients can see their results almost immediately.
- A minimal recovery time, which means that patients can return to their normal activities quicker than they would following a traditional facelift.
- The results attained through a mini facelift provide patients with a rested and revitalized appearance.
Dr. Thomassen frequently recommends a mini facelift to his Fort Lauderdale, Fla. patients who have:
- Sagging in the middle of the face
- Displaced or fallen fat
- Neck bands
- Deep creases that extend along the nose to the outer corners of the mouth
This procedure involves small incisions that are placed strategically to ensure the scars are inconspicuous. Once Dr. Thomassen tightens the tissues, patients enjoy a smooth, more youthful-looking appearance.
Your Initial Consultation for a Mini Facelift at Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
During your initial consultation, Dr. Thomassen will want to know about your medical history as well as information related to any medications, herbal supplements and vitamins you take on a regular basis. Dr. Thomassen will also ask you what you would like to achieve with a mini facelift.
What to Expect During a Mini Facelift at Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
At Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. a mini facelift usually takes from 40 to 90 minutes.
1. Local Anesthesia and Oral Sedation Are Administered
Since a mini facelift is a minimally invasive procedure, general anesthesia is not required. Instead, patients at Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. receive oral sedation with local anesthesia.
2. The Incisions Are Made
During a mini facelift, incisions are typically made behind the ear. If Dr. Thomassen will be performing liposuction on the neck, he will need to make a small incision beneath the chin. In addition, depending on the issues being addressed, Dr. Thomassen may need to make a small incision near the front of the ear. Every incision that Dr. Thomassen makes during a mini facelift is strategically placed to ensure that once they heal the remaining scars are not noticeable.
3. The Underlying Tissues Are Repositioned
Dr. Thomassen gently repositions the underlying tissues to achieve a smoother appearance.
4. The Sutures Are Placed
Once the mini facelift is complete, Dr. Thomassen uses sutures to close the incisions.
5. The Face is Bandaged
Following a mini facelift, patients wear a bandage for 48-hours.
The majority of patients can return to their typical activities within several days; however, patients do need to keep their head elevated for 7 days.
7. Suture Removal
Dr. Thomassen removes the sutures about 1 week after the mini facelift procedure.
The results of a mini facelift are visible almost immediately and will last from 5 to 10 years: Individuals who are vigilant about wearing sun protection usually enjoy the benefits of their mini facelift longer.
If you are interested in learning more about a mini facelift or any of the other minimally invasive procedures available at Thomassen Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., contact our office today.
- Brow Lift
- Chin Implants
- Ear Surgery
- Eyelid Surgery
- Facial Implant Surgery
- Mini Facelift
- Neck Lift Surgery
- Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery)