Mini Facelift: Simpler Surgery, Beautiful Results
So, you’ve been taking good care of your skin, sleeping plenty, working out, and using your moisturiser and daily face wash. But still, all this doesn’t seem enough to stop your face from aging, and the wrinkles and jowls are starting to show. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be happy to know you’re not alone.
No matter how young you feel, you’ll eventually start showing cosmetic signs of aging that make you look older than you want to. Wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, and jowls that fade out your jaw and neckline are just some of the facial features that might start annoying you as you age. So, how can you make your face and neck look younger?
We offer several anti-aging procedures at Gold Cost Plastic Surgery to help you get rid of wrinkles and droopy skin folds and look much younger. Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injectables are excellent for simple short-term enhancements, however, for those who want more dramatic and long-lasting results, facelift surgery is the procedure of choice. Mini-facelifts are a less extensive alternative to traditional lifts, and they’re perfect for women and men who have mild signs of aging like wrinkles, jowls, and some skin drooping. Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Doyle regularly performs mini facelift procedures.
What is a mini-facelift?
A mini-facelift (also called S-lift, or mini-lift) is a facial rejuvenation procedure that’s designed to tighten your face and neck and smoothen any wrinkles and skin folds that might be fading out your jaw and necklines and making you look old. Compared to the traditional facelift, the mini-facelift is a less extensive surgical procedure, and it’s aimed at patients who have only mild to moderate signs of aging that don’t require a full facelift to improve.
Many clinics market the mini-facelift as a very simple “lunchtime-lift” or “weekend-lift”, implying that it’s almost an effortless procedure; however, this is not true. Despite its name, the mini-facelift is still a complicated surgical procedure that’s only performed by highly skilled certified plastic surgeons. Experienced surgeons, like Dr Doyle, take their time performing the mini facelift with incredible precision and meticulous techniques to ensure that their patients get the best results possible. Moreover, like with any other surgical procedure, you’ll also need some time to recover and return to your daily life after surgery.
What’s the difference between a mini-facelift and a traditional facelift?
The mini lift is a modified, less extensive variant of the traditional facelift that’s perfect for patients who have less severe features of aging. Both the mini and full facelifts will tighten your cheek lines, contour your neck, reduce your double chin, and emphasize your jawline while removing any wrinkles and excess droopy facial skin. Depending on how severe the signs of aging are, Dr Doyle will either recommend a traditional full facelift or a mini-facelift.
The traditional full facelift (SMAS facelift, or deep plane facelift) is perfect for women and men who have advanced signs of aging that need more extensive surgery to correct. A full facelift is more lengthy and requires multiple incisions in front and behind your ears, along your hairline, and under your chin with more tissue dissection and skin removal.
On the other hand, a mini-facelift entails less extensive tissue dissection, less skin removal, and an incision in front and behind each ear. This makes it perfect for women and men who don’t need substantial surgery to restore their youthful look. The less extensive nature of this surgery also means that it requires less recovery time compared to the full facelift surgery.
Who can benefit from a mini-facelift?
Mini-facelifts are reserved for women and men who have some signs of facial aging and want to have a young and tight face and neck. A mini-facelift would be excellent for you, if:
- You have fine or moderate wrinkles on the lower half of your face
- You have cheek folds and lax cheek lines (nasolabial folds)
- You have jowls making your jawline indistinct
- You have lax skin on your neck and chin, disturbing their contour
- You have a double chin with puffy skin
If you have any of these problems and want to get rid of them, a mini-facelift surgery might be for you. After a full assessment by Dr Mark, he will tell you your surgical options and might suggest combining a mini-facelift with other facial rejuvenation procedures like an eye lift or brow lift.
Who’s a good candidate for a mini-facelift?
A mini-facelift is an invasive surgical procedure, and there are certain conditions that you need to fulfil to reduce the risk of complications and get the best results out of your surgery. You’re a good candidate for a mini-facelift if:
- You’re in good physical health
- You don’t smoke or are willing to quit
- You don’t have any blood coagulation problems
- You’re not on any medications that can interfere with surgery or anesthesia
- You have mild to moderate signs of facial aging and want to improve your look
During your consultation, Dr Mark will take all of this into consideration and give you instructions on how you can prepare for surgery.
What to expect during your mini-facelift consultation?
If you’ve decided you want to get a facelift, you’ll need to personally come in for a consultation with Dr Doyle. First, Dr Doyle will ask you some general questions about your health, family history, and any medications you take. He will then perform a physical assessment of your features and ask you about what you’d like to change. After learning what your desires are, Dr Doyle will give you one or more options that can help you get the cosmetic results you want. Once you’ve discussed your options with Dr Doyle and agreed on a plan, he will schedule you for operation according to your preference.
How to prepare for a mini-facelift?
Before you leave our clinic, you will be given detailed instructions on how you need to prepare for surgery. You should avoid eating or drinking the night before your surgery, stop any blood-thinning medications according to Dr Doyle’s instructions, and make sure you have a chaperone on the day of surgery. Do not start or stop any medications in the few weeks leading up to your surgery without consulting with Dr Doyle first.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed in an operating room at John Flynn Private Hospital. The mini-facelift is done under general anesthesia, where a certified anaesthetist will put you to sleep so that you won’t feel a thing.
Once you are asleep, Dr Doyle will clean your skin with antiseptics, and spread the surgical drapes. A vertical incision will be made a few millimetres in front of your ear and it might extend slightly upward along your hairline. Dr Doyle will then dissect the deeper tissue layers under your skin and pull them upward so that your whole face and neck tissue is tightened and fixated higher up. Afterwards, Dr Doyle will carefully remove any excess skin and pull the remaining skin tighter toward your ear, smoothing out any wrinkles or skin folds on your lower face and neck. Finally, he will close your wounds using very fine sutures to minimise scarring, and the final scar will be hidden in front of your ear.
Can a mini-facelift be combined with other facial rejuvenation surgeries?
Of course, many women and men might ask Dr Doyle for other improvements in their facial features. If you have droopy eyelids, low eyebrows, or excessive droopy neck skin, you can definitely have them fixed during the same procedure:
As we age, many of us develop puffy and saggy eyelids that can sometimes interfere with vision and are just unpleasant to look at. Thankfully, blepharoplasty can easily help you get rid of droopy eyelids and give you wider and more alert-looking eyes.
The skin on your forehead might become lax with age, and it’ll start showing deep wrinkles and folds, and your eyebrows might drop lower. A brow lift will rejuvenate your forehead, reduce wrinkles, get rid of forehead folds, and restore the normal position of your brows.
If you have a lot of excessive droopy skin on your jaw and neck, a mini-facelift surgery alone might not be enough to improve your jawline and neck contour. If this is the case, Dr Doyle can add a neck lift procedure to remove the extra puffy skin on your neck, emphasising your chin and jawline, and creating a clear well-contoured angle between your head and neck.
What to expect during recovery?
A mini-facelift requires less recovery time compared to a full facelift, however, you’ll still need to take a few days off to rest. You should expect some bruising and swelling in the first few days after your mini-facelift. Dr Doyle will prescribe you some painkillers to ease any pain if required, and antibiotics to prevent infections. You will also be instructed on how you can change your wounds’ dressing to avoid any complications.
Recovery can take 7 to 10 days, and you might need to stay home and rest during this time while avoiding any sports or strenuous activities. Sutures are removed 5 and 10 days following the surgery. The results of your facelift are usually apparent immediately after surgery; however, they will become even more satisfying as the swelling and bruising subside during the few weeks after your surgery.
Does a mini-facelift cause visible scars?
There’s no surgery without any scars, however, the scars left by a mini-facelift are commonly very difficult to see. Dr Doyle uses very fine suture lines to hide your small scar along your natural skin folds and hairline. In most women, the scars can barely be seen after some time has passed after their surgery.
What are the complications of a mini-facelift?
A mini-facelift is an extremely safe procedure, however, like with all other invasive surgical procedures, there are always some risks involved. The complications of mini-facelift surgery include:
- Infection: Occasionally bacteria can cause a wound infection after surgery. The surgery is performed in a major hospital with full sterile techniques. Infection is very rare. You will be prescribed antibiotics after surgery to help prevent this from occurring.
- Haematoma: A haematoma is a blood collection that might form inside your wound. If it doesn’t resolve on its own, Dr Doyle might have to surgically drain it. This also is uncommon, and Dr Doyle uses several techniques and medications at the time of surgery to minimise bleeding and swelling at the time of surgery.
- Seroma: When fluid accumulates in your wound, it’s called a seroma. Seromas usually go away on their own, however, sometimes they need to be drained with a needle.
How much does a mini facelift cost in Australia?
The cost of a mini-facelift in Australia is highly variable, and it depends on many factors. Depending on what kind of surgery you are getting, and whether or not you want to combine it with other procedures like blepharoplasty, brow lift, or neck lift, the cost of a mini-facelift might be higher or lower. After you agree on a plan with Dr Doyle, you will receive a detailed quote that includes the surgical fees, anaesthetist fees, and hospital stay fees. Usually, most women and men find the cost of mini-facelift surgery very affordable, and there are several options available to help you finance your plastic surgery if required.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Mini-Facelift Surgery
How long does a mini-facelift last?
A mini-facelift gives more long-standing results compared to less invasive procedures like dermal fillers. Although the surgery restores your youthful beauty and firmness, there’s no way to stop aging altogether. The results of a mini-facelift can last up to 10 years, however, this largely depends on the quality of your skin and your general health.
At what age should you get a mini-facelift?
A mini-facelift is suitable for men and women aged 30 to 50. After that, usually, the wrinkles are much deeper, and there might be a lot of excess skin, so a full facelift might be a superior choice in older patients.
Does a mini-facelift address the neck?
Yes, the mini-facelift pulls and tightens skin in the lower half of your face, chin, and upper neck.
How can I lift my face without surgery?
There are several non-surgical ways to remove wrinkles and rejuvenate your face such as dermal fillers and laser treatment. Nevertheless, these procedures offer less dramatic results and last a shorter time compared to facelifting, and do not actually “lift” your skin.
Do mini facelifts look natural?
Yes! Dr Doyle believes that all plastic surgery should look natural. Dr Doyle has developed advanced techniques over the years so that your face does not look “overdone” after surgery. A mini-facelift at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery will give you a young and natural look
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