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Minimal surgical marks, fewer side effects, and a shorter recovery time are all advantages of a mini facelift. A mini-facelift has less edema and bruising after surgery than a traditional facelift.
One of the main benefits of a mini facelift is that you won’t need general anesthesia for the procedure. This type of anesthetic usually lengthens recovery time. Because a mini facelift can be performed under local anesthesia, clients are able to return home the same day as their operation.
The Mini Facelift is particularly valuable on younger patients in their forties, fifties and secondary facelifts. It can be combined with liposuction in the neck area to give a remarkable overall improvement.
Mini facelifts are an excellent option for people who are unsatisfied with their facial appearance as a result of their age. A mini facelift is usually recommended for men and women who have mild to moderate facial jowling or sagging skin and want to tighten and lift the lower portion of their face.
Mini Facelifts are very individualized procedures. In your initial consultation Dr. Lille will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone, and discuss your goals for the surgery.
Dr. Lille will check for medical conditions that could cause problems during or after surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars. Be sure to tell Dr. Lille or his staff if you smoke or are taking any drugs or medications, especially aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting.
Dr. Lille will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. If you smoke, it’s especially important to stop at least4 weeks before and after surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and can interfere with the healing of your incision areas.
If your hair is very short, you might want to let it grow out before surgery, so that it’s long enough to hide the scars while they heal.Whether your Mini Facelift is being done on an outpatient or inpatient basis, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help you out for a day or two if needed.
A Mini Facelift may be performed in a surgeon’s office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. It’s usually done on an outpatient basis, but some surgeons may hospitalize patients for a day when using general anesthesia. Certain conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure should be monitored after surgery, and may also require a short inpatient stay.
Dr. Lille is also happy to offer general anesthesia. In that case, you’ll sleep through the operation.
The procedure for a short-scar facelift includes repositioning all of the portions of the face that show signs of aging, but the incision is approximately one-half the length of a traditional facelift incision and eliminates most of the incisions behind the ears. Some people believe that the recovery and bruising after this type of operation is minor compared to that of a traditional facelift. However, this has not been proven in the literature.
In general, Dr. Lille separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. Dr. Lille then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back, and removes the excess. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions; metal clips may be used on the scalp.
Following surgery, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there. The surgeon may also wrap your head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.
You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. Be especially gentle with your face and hair, since your skin will be both tender and numb, and may not respond normally at first.
The mini facelift surgery requires only a few days of recuperation, because the swelling and bruising are minor compared to other operations. Within a few days, you can return to work and resume routine activities. The swelling in your face will subside three to five days after the surgery, and the bruising will be barely visible.
Dr. Lille will give more specific guidelines for gradually resuming your normal activities,such as: avoid strenuous activity, including sex and heavy housework, for at least two weeks (walking and mild stretching are fine); avoid alcohol, steam baths, and saunas for several months. Above all, get plenty of rest and allow your body to spend its energy on healing.
At the beginning, your face may look and feel rather strange. Your features may be distorted from the swelling, your facial movements may be slightly stiff and you’ll probably be self-conscious about your scars. Some bruising may persist for two or three weeks, and you may tire easily. It’s not surprising that some patients are disappointed and depressed at first.
By the third week, you’ll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery. If you need it, special camouflage makeup can mask most bruising that remains.
There isn’t usually significant discomfort after surgery; if there is, it can be lessened with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. (Severe or persistent pain or a sudden swelling of your face should be reported to Dr. Lille immediately.) Some numbness of the skin is quite normal; it will disappear in a few weeks or months.
Keep your head elevated and as still as possible for a couple of days after surgery, to keep the swelling down.
If you’ve had a drainage tube inserted, it will be removed one or two days after surgery. Bandages, when used, are usually removed after one to five days. Don’t be surprised at the pale, bruised, and puffy face you see. Just keep in mind that in a few weeks you’ll be looking normal.
Most of your stitches will be removed after about one week. Your scalp may take longer to heal, and the stitches or metal clips in your hairline could be left in a few days longer.
The chances are excellent that you’ll be happy with your Mini Facelift, especially if you realize that the results may not be immediately apparent. Even after the swelling and bruises are gone, your hair may be thin and your skin may feel dry and rough for several months. Men may find they have to shave in new places-behind the neck and ears — where areas of beard — growing skin have been repositioned.
You’ll have some scars from your facelift, but they’re usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. In any case, they’ll fade within time and should be scarcely visible.
Having a Mini Facelift in Scottsdale doesn’t stop the clock. Your face will continue to age with time, and you may want to repeat the procedure one or more times-perhaps five or ten years down the line. But in another sense, the effects of even one facelift are lasting; years later, you’ll continue to look better than if you’d never had a facelift at all.
The cost of a Mini Facelift is determined after taking several factors into account. When calculating the price of a Mini Rhytidectomy, total surgical time, anesthesia costs, techniques used, and amount of tissue removed are all considered.
Contact us and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Lille to find out whether you are a good candidate for a mini facelift in Scottsdale. We will be happy to help you achieve the results you’ve been searching for.
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