The Major Benefits of the Mini Facelift

Sometimes, a small procedure can have big benefits. If you’re between the ages of 35-50, the mini facelift can help you achieve a naturally revitalized look—without the downtime associated with conventional facelift surgery. The mini facelift is used to correct the early signs of aging, such as deep nasolabial folds, sagging cheeks, and jowls. It can also be combined with complementary treatments, like BOTOX® and dermal fillers, for more comprehensive rejuvenation.

4 Advantages of the Mini Facelift

Though mature patients (those over age 50) often require a full facelift to reverse the visible signs of aging, mini facelift surgery is usually the best choice for younger patients. This procedure has a number of benefits that make it an appealing alternative to conventional facelift surgery:

  1. The mini facelift requires very little recovery time.

Most people only need to rest for three to five days after having a mini facelift. Likewise, they generally experience a comfortable recovery period as this procedure produces minimal swelling and bruising. Mini facelift surgery is, therefore, the most practical choice for patients who are juggling work obligations with a busy family life.

  1. You’ll enjoy long-lasting results.

Though injectable compounds are peerless when it comes to ease of treatment (and recovery), temporary treatments aren’t right for everyone. Those who don’t want to commit to having “top up” injections of BOTOX® or dermal fillers every three to six months typically prefer the longevity of surgical results. Just one mini facelift can last for five years or longer, depending on your age and lifestyle.

  1. You won’t have to worry about scarring.

The incisions made during mini facelift surgery are very short, so they don’t create visible scars or lead to hair loss. Usually, incisions are made around the patient’s ears in order to hide scar tissue within the natural crease of the ear.

  1. The mini facelift produces more natural-looking results for younger patients.

Mini facelift surgery won’t make your face look “tight,” and it won’t make you look like a different person. By making powerful yet subtle adjustments to the tissues that support the face, this procedure treats the core causes of early aging without pulling or removing any skin.

Choosing the Right Type of Mini Facelift

The term “mini facelift” doesn’t refer to a single standardized procedure. Instead, this label is applied to a number of different facial rejuvenation methods that are less invasive than conventional facelift surgery. In fact, some mini facelifts don’t involve surgery at all; they may be completed with sutures or a series of injectable treatments. To ensure that you get the thorough, long-lasting results you want, it’s important to seek out a proven procedure like the “S lift” or the mid facelift. The S lift and mid facelift work by lifting the system of muscles that support the cheeks, thereby raising the jowls and restoring facial fat pads to a more youthful position. Procedures that don’t incorporate these steps can’t change your facial contours in a profound, enduring way.

To learn more about the S lift and mid facelift, contact our team of board-certified plastic surgeons in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. During your consultation, our doctors will help you explore your options for facial rejuvenation and develop a personalized treatment plan that works with your lifestyle.

 

Why is a Mini Facelift Suitable for Younger Patients?

Facelift surgery is considered the “gold standard” in facial rejuvenation for a reason: It can treat even the most advanced signs of aging, and it produces elegant, natural results that last for ten or more years. Facelift surgery is, however, a complex operation that’s intended for older patients who have obvious loose face and neck skin. Patients under the age of 45 seldom need the extensive alterations offered by this procedure because the skin below their jawline and around their eyes is still fairly firm. That’s why we offer what is known as a “mini” facelift here at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg; this procedure is ideally suited to younger patients who have only just started to notice visible signs of aging.

Understanding the Early Stages of Aging

Though collagen loss begins fairly early in life (the rate of collagen production drops by about 1% per year after age 30), it takes a while for skin to become stretched to the point of visible looseness. Most people don’t experience sagging eyelids, hanging neck skin, and other signs of severe skin laxity until they reach about 55-60 years of age. During the early stages of the aging process, most visible aging is caused by changes in the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS).

The SMAS plays a crucial role in supporting facial skin, the connective tissues below the skin, and the fat pads that give shape to the face. As the SMAS drops, as it does during our 40s, fat pads slide downwards, creating hollows around our eyes and under our cheeks. Sometimes, fat pads on the lower face form jowls and a double chin as they descend into the submental area. The weight of these fat pads can also make creases and folds of loose skin appear more prominent.

How Can a Mini Facelift Help?

The mini facelift is designed to treat just SMAS sagging, thereby reversing undesirable changes while keeping scarring and recovery time to a minimum. To perform a mini facelift, our surgeons make two small S-shaped incisions behind each ear. Through these incisions, they can access and lift the SMAS. This raises fat pads, restoring youthful facial contours, and minimizes the appearance of loose skin.

Mini facelift surgery usually only takes two hours to complete, and most patients recover from this procedure within just one week. Better still, mini facelift surgery produces subtle results that look natural on younger faces. Because no loose skin is removed during this procedure, your skin won’t look “tight” after having a mini facelift.

For best results, we recommend combining mini facelift surgery with one or more injectable treatments. Injectable treatments can target areas of the face not treated by mini facelift surgery, like the brow, lips, and nasolabial folds. BOTOX® injections can relax the muscles around the temples, smoothing out forehead lines and crow’s feet. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are used to fill in creases and add volume to the lips and cheeks. Injectables don’t require any additional downtime, so they’re perfect for younger patients who have a demanding work schedule or active family life.

To learn more about these treatments and how they can help you manage the early signs of aging, just contact our practice; we’ll be happy to arrange a one-on-one consultation for you.

 

 

 

Facelift, Mini-Facelift, or Mid-Facelift – What Do I Need?

Are you hoping for some facial rejuvenation? A facelift can restore a youthful appearance to your face by lifting sagging skin, tightening muscles, and repositioning sagging tissues. You don’t need to wait until advanced aging has occurred to enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of a facelift.

In addition to our traditional facelift, we also offer a mini-facelift and a mid-facelift. Which option is best for you?

Facelift vs. Mini-Facelift vs. Mid-Facelift

A facelift, a mini-facelift, and a mid-facelift all rejuvenate the face, but they vary in the areas they treat and in the extent of aging they can successfully repair. A well-timed mini or mid-facelift can often delay or even eliminate the need for a full facelift later.

  • Mini-Facelift- The mini-facelift–or S-lift—is typically performed on patients in their 50s or 60s. It can be customized to focus on your trouble spots, including jowls. Incisions are shorter. With a mini-facelift, the muscles are tightened but not cut. Recovery is typically easier and takes about a week. Incisions are made in the hairline behind the temples and/or behind the ears.
  • Mid-Facelift- The mid-facelift is ideal for patients patient’s in their 40’s with aging in the cheeks but not in the chin or jowls. There is dramatic rejuvenation with volume restoration in the cheeks. Recovery takes about a week. Incisions are made behind the hairline, above the ear, and under the upper lip, therefore the incisions are completely hidden.
  • Facelift- A facelift provides dramatic rejuvenation to the lower and mid-face. You’ll see changes to the cheeks, under the eyes, chin, jowls, etc. It is often performed on patients in their 60s or 70s. A facelift combines and increases the results you would expect from a mini and mid-facelift.

Do I Need a Mid-Facelift, a Mini-Facelift, or a Full Facelift?

If you’re ready to rejuvenate your face, give us a call and learn about your options. After a consultation, we can help you determine if you need a full facelift, a mini-facelift, or a mid-facelift. We can also recommend other treatments to address your problem areas. Facelift surgeries are often combined with other facial rejuvenation treatments, such as dermal fillers, BOTOX®, eyelid surgery, neck lift surgery, etc.

When it comes to turning back the clock, you have options. Call 540-371-7730 today and schedule your consultation.

Head Off the Signs of Aging with a Mini Facelift

Who do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you look young and vibrant or are you starting to see the signs of aging? You don’t have to wait for advanced facial aging to do something about it. Fight back against Father Time with a mini-facelift. A less invasive procedure early on can save some patients from needing a full facelift later. Ask us about our mini-facelift by calling 540-371-7730.

What Is a Mini-Facelift?

A mini-facelift is a surgical procedure to help reverse common signs of aging. This treatment is highly customized to your problem areas. If you have jowls, we’ll focus on those. If you need treatment in the mid-facial area, we’ll target that. This treatment is designed around your specific problem areas and needs. It is less invasive than a full facelift and often requires a much shorter recovery period. Some people call it the “weekend facelift”.

How Is a Mini-Facelift Different than a Traditional Facelift?

A mini-facelift is a modified form of the traditional facelift. It is sometimes referred to as an “S-Lift” because the incisions are shorter and smaller. We typically place incisions behind the ears or in the hairline behind the temples. With a mini-facelift muscles are tightened but not cut. The surgery takes about 2.5 hours to complete. Recovery is much shorter—typically 5-7 days.

What Is a Good Age for a Mini-Facelift?

Our mini-facelift patients are typically in their late 40s and 50s. The key to a successful treatment is to come in before the signs of aging are advanced. If you have one or two problem areas or general aging, come discuss your options. Although age can help you determine if the time might be right for a mini-facelift, the more important factor is your appearance. During your consultation we can help you determine if you’re ready for surgery and if a mini-facelift or a traditional facelift would be the most appropriate.

If you aren’t quite ready for a mini-facelift, we can recommend injectable products (like BOTOX® and dermal fillers) and laser treatments to address your areas of concern. Our free consultations are one of the best ways to determine your ideal course of action.

Could you benefit from a mini-facelift? Call today and schedule your consultation.

What’s the Difference Between the Facelift, the Mid-Facelift, and the Mini-Facelift?

Has your face lost its youthful look? Do you want to lift and rejuvenate? A facelift may be the solution you’re after. But when it comes to a facelift, what type do you need? Here at Plastic Surgery Services of Frederickburg we offer the traditional facelift, a mid-facelift, and a mini-facelift. Which is right for you? Check out the differences below.

Were you thinking of or planning a life style lift, or did you have a life style lift and have further questions? Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg is pleased to offer free consultations.  Call us at 540-371-7730 to schedule your consultation where you can discuss all your options and get answers to any questions you have.

Facelift

The traditional facelift lifts and tightens skin across the face. This procedure can be done on its own, but is often paired with other procedures like a mid-faceliftbrow lift, facial liposuction, or a neck lift. During facelift surgery incisions are made around the ears and behind the hair line. The surgeon removes excess fat, cuts and tightens muscles, and redrapes the skin. A facelift can significantly improve the appearance of the lower half of the face. When paired with liposuction, a facelift can reduce eliminate a double chin. Facelift recovery usually requires a couple of weeks off from work.

Mid-Facelift

The mid-facelift is a new innovation in facelift surgery. This procedure allows the surgeon to lift and tighten tissues that aren’t affected by a traditional facelift. This surgery tightens skin in the cheeks and lower eyelids by elevating the fat pad in the cheek. This revolumizes the face and restores fullness to the eye and cheek areas. Dermal fillers can provide similar results, but aren’t as permanent.

Recovery is much faster than a traditional facelift (most patients take about a week off from work). This procedure can be performed on its own, but is often paired with a traditional facelift. When combined with a facelift the mid-facelift helps to create a more natural, revitalized look. Performed on its own, this procedure is often done on younger patients for a boost without a full lift.

Mini-Facelift

For patients in their late 40s and early 50s, a mini-facelift can really turn back the clock. If performed early on the mini-facelift may prevent the signs of aging before they become obvious and may reduce the need for more extensive cosmetic surgeries down the road. This procedure is highly customizable and can be custom tailored to your trouble areas. The incisions are smaller and shorter than with a regular facelift. Muscles are tightened, but not cut. Recovery is much easier than with a regular facelift and takes about a week.

Which facelift is right for you? Come see us and we’ll help you find the best option for your face. Call us today and schedule your consultation.

Facelift, Mini-facelift, Mid-facelift: What’s the difference?

Q: How long is the recovery time?

Approximately one week.

Q: How long does a facelift last?

A patient will always look at least 10 years younger, but they will continue to age. EX: If you have your facelift at 60 you will look 50 10years later you will look 60 again, but you are now 70.

Q:How is a facelift different than a mini-facelift or mid-facelift?

The incision for a full face lift is longer providing for greater correction of skin laxity on the neck. A mid face lift only provides for greater fullness in the cheeks.

Q: I have excess skin around my cheeks, which would be best for me?

Mid face lift for early aging changes with volume loss on checks, very rejuvenating for those in the 30’s – 40’s.  Mini face lift for volume loss on cheeks along with correction of jowling and skin laxity in the cheeks and neck.  Full Face lift correction of both listed above with excessive skin laxity.

Q: Is recovery from a mini or mid facelift quicker than a full facelift?

All require about one week for recovery.

Q:How long should swelling and numbness last after a facelift?

Bruising and swelling lasts about one to two weeks, numbness last approximately one month.

Q:How can I avoid getting a pulled up look from a facelift?

The key is to provide increased volume in the cheeks and not a flat and taut look.

Q:How to avoid bruising after a facelift?

Keeping your head elevated, avoid NSAID’S prior to surgery, and Arnica may be used to help reduce the bruising and swelling.

Q:What are potential facelift side effects?

Bruising, swelling, and transient numbness.

Q:Will I have visible scars from a facelift?

The scars should hide well around the ears.

Q: Is there a non-surgical alternative for facelift?

Other options are fat transfer, fillersBOTOX®Fraxel laserpeels, laser liposuction of the neck.  These will soften the signs of aging; however, none of these will provide the same quality result as surgery.