As your skin ages, you may feel that your youthful beauty is slowly slipping away. As the years pass, you will begin to see the effects of time, gravity, and the environment on your facial skin: Lines, wrinkles, creases, drooping cheeks, and etched-in smile lines begin to appear. While many non-surgical options are available, there is a point at which the best results in anti-aging are achieved with minor surgery, called a mini lift, or mini facelift.
What is a mini lift?
A mini lift is a less comprehensive facelift, with shorter incisions, and faster recovery time. This surgery subtly lifts the skin on the lower portion of the face to smooth wrinkles and sagging skin. This procedure is customized specifically for the individual and produces results that last up to five years. It involves shorter incisions, as it is not necessary to access the deeper tissues, and less restructuring of the underlying facial tissues is needed.
How does a mini lift work?
A mini lift works to subtly lift and redefine the youthful contours of the lower face. This is achieved with smaller incisions, placed around the ear in an S-shape. Through these small incisions, the mid to lower facial skin and tissue are subtly lifted and repositioned, restored to a more youthful location. The results of a mini facelift will leave you looking years younger, in the most natural way – when performed at Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery.
Am I a candidate for a mini lift?
Most patients who choose to undergo this procedure are in their late 30s to mid-40s. To be a good candidate for a mini lift, your facial skin should have a reasonable level of flexibility and you should have minimal excess skin on the face and neck. This surgery can smooth deeper smile lines and recreate youthful definition at the jawline, effectively taking years off of your appearance. If you have more extensive skin, tissue, and fat, a full facelift may be necessary.
What should I expect with the procedure?
Your mini lift will be performed in our private, luxury clinic, under sterile conditions. You will be under anesthesia and will not experience any pain. Your mid to lower facial skin and tissue will be repositioned, the incisions closed with tiny sutures, and your face bandaged. After your surgery is complete, you will rest and recover until released to return home, under the care of another adult.
What is the recovery from a mini lift?
It is normal to expect some bruising, swelling, and discomfort in the first several days following your mini lift. Any discomfort can be managed with pain medication, which is typically only needed in the first three to four days, after which over-the-counter medication is all that is needed. You will need to sleep with your head elevated during healing, and avoid bending, lifting, or any vigorous physical activities.
Show off your refreshed look!
You can expect to see your new look appearing within two to three weeks. You should feel well enough to engage in social activities at about the three-week mark, although it does vary, person to person. Vigorous exercise can be resumed after four weeks. Generally, the recovery is not difficult to experience, and the results are well worth it!
Why Choose Rousso Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic?
As a world-renowned plastic surgeon specializing in the face and neck, Dr. Rousso has more than 30 years of experience and has gained worldwide recognition for his contributions to the fields of plastic surgery and hair restoration. Dr. Rousso and Dr. Adams are known for achieving results that are subtle, natural, and look like you – just younger! Our facility uses state-of-the-art medical equipment and many of our staff have been with Dr. Rousso for more than 20 years. We offer a patient experience above and beyond what you will find elsewhere, including concierge services on par with the best five-star hotels. Our friendly staff can help you arrange travel and hotel accommodations, lab appointments, sitters, aftercare, and many other services from start to finish. If you are considering a mini facelift in Birmingham, Montgomery, or surrounding areas, contact us today.