The Mini Facelift Procedure
The Mini Facelift is a minor, one-hour procedure with long lasting natural results. This facelift procedure was designed by facelift surgeon Dr. Frank Filiberto to improve the laxity of jowls, cheeks, loose neck (turkey neck) and facial skin without the need for general anesthesia. Mini Facelift recovery is quicker and more comfortable than with a traditional face lift, with more natural results. This procedure is best for people who do not wish to have a traditional pulled and unnatural look.
Aging alters the body in many ways, but no where are these harsh realities as visible as on the face. Coupled with the sun’s damaging rays, the aging process coarsens the texture of the skin, diminishes its youthful layer of fatty tissue, and causes the angularity of the face to be lost. As the skin makes its downward descent off the cheeks, jaw, and neck, it pouches into unsightly bags and overhanging jowls. These outward signs often generate comments of tiredness and questions of sadness and really conceal an inner vitality. The great value of Mini Facelift is that it can help counter this generalized facial sagging and give the face a more rested and youthful appearance. The procedure does not change you; it simply makes you look the way you did years ago.
Dr. Filiberto is an expert in keeping even the most anxious patients relaxed and comfortable with minimal risk. For the mini facelift, You will only need local anesthesia, which is a relatively painless injection of an anesthetic mixed with epinephrine to numb your face. The idea behind avoiding major anesthesia is so the patient will stay safe and be able to go home right after the procedure. The mini facelift removes excess skin and fat from the face and neck area through well planned incisions that start in the hairline and run down in front of the ear and then up behind the ear. It repositions and supports the underlying structures of drooping muscles, and skin. The preoperative analysis evaluates the quality of the skin, looseness at the jaw line, the angle from the chin to the bottom of the neck, and the amount of fat and excess skin present in the neck area. The results are very dependent on the elasticity of the skin. If the skin has had extensive damage, additional procedures may be required. The mini facelift can best correct skin laxity in the face and neck as well as contour problems caused by protruding fat.
In every face, regardless of the person’s age, some slack can be found. Following a mini facelift, the aging process continues and the skin loses more of its elastic properties. Gravity causes the loose skin to accumulate along the jaws, along the sides of the mouth and in the center of the neck under the chin. It is impossible to predict when – and to what extent – this may happen. Genetics, age differences, ethnic backgrounds, stress, illness, and nutrition all play a role in how soon other mini-lift procedures may be considered. However on the average it may take 10-15 years before you might need any additional tuck up.
Facelift – Before Surgery
If a patient has not been on a home skin-care regimen with occasional visits to the esthetician for specialty treatments, it’s best to get him or her started before any rejuvenation. Skin that is healthy is much more likely to heal faster and look better. If patients have been on a regimen, they are encouraged to continue after any procedure to maintain the skin, although some procedures will require special skin-care treatments during the healing phase.
Our esthetician can help get the skin in ideal shape by employing procedures such as mild peels depending on each individual person’s needs. Peels can improve the texture of the skin and can address both pigmentation and fine lines, delivering Absolutely Natural organic products into the skin for skin health.
Facelift Recovery Process
By avoiding anesthesia, swelling and bruising is significantly reduced. You should be able to go out in public with the help of makeup within 7-10 days, but this will vary with each patient. It’s important to limit your activities for several days. And it will probably be 7 days before you can return to work. There are risks as with any procedure, the general risks include bleeding and infection. Though rare, you could develop a pocket of blood and fluid, called a hematoma. This would need to be removed by releasing the collection by our office staff. You should expect to have little discomfort, but any that occurs can be controlled with pain medication. Intense pain is a sign that you should call your doctor. There may be decreased sensation of the face for a month or so with a gradual return to normal. You can expect to feel, but not usually see, a few little bumps that will even out over time. There will be permanent hidden scars from the procedure that at first will be red, but should fade and be inconspicuous.
Please call us for your consultation!
We welcome you to contact us with your questions about the mini facelift in Florida at (321) 676-3101. This minimally invasive facelift is a wonderful alternative to a traditional facelift and provides natural, long-lasting results. If you want the long lasting results of an invasive facelift, without the risks of general anesthesia associated with the traditional procedure, the Mini facelift may be just what you’re looking for!