The Benefits of Mini Facelift Surgery

Diperbarui: 25 Mar 2020

Mini facelift surgery can provide a wealth of physical and emotional benefits:

  • Minimal Scarring - Incisions are easily concealed within your natural facial contours and hairline.

  • Minimal Side Effects - A mini facelift results in less swelling, bruising, and tenderness than a more extensive facelift surgery.

  • Conservative Treatment - Mini facelift surgery addresses primarily the lower third of your face and neck. The procedure will complement your natural features, giving you an enhancement commensurate with your degree of skin laxity and wrinkles

  • Self Confidence - Feeling confident about your appearance can make a tremendous difference in your quality of life.

  • Efficiency - In many cases, mini facelifts can be completed in a few hours.

  • Conservative Anesthesia - A mini facelift can be done using local anesthesia, allowing the patient to remain conscious throughout the procedure without feeling pain. As such, patients do not have to experience the groggy disorientation and risks that follows general anesthesia having been placed upon "life-support".

Thanks to its targeted and minimally invasive nature, some surgeons compare mini facelift to a slightly more involved necklift.

Mini Facelift Planning and Preparation

The first step in a mini facelift experience is a consultation with a plastic surgeon. If you are considering any cosmetic surgery, it is important that your surgeon present you with several different options, rather than excessive or one-size-fits-all procedures. If you are considering a facelift, it is especially important to select a surgeon who performs facelifts frequently and delivers consistently excellent results. Men, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery notes, should specifically find a surgeon well trained in male facial cosmetic surgery. Because the anatomy of a male's face differs from a female's, this is an integral step to ensure natural-looking results. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) also recommends that you should ask what your cosmetic options are if the outcome of the procedure does not meet the goals you discussed. Once you and your surgeon have decided upon your surgical plan, you can schedule the procedure. You will need to ask a friend or relative to drive you to and from the clinic.

Immediately prior to surgery, your surgeon will administer anesthesia. I find local anesthesia to be suitable to a mini facelift not only because it ensures a patient's comfort, but also because it may be administered without a breathing tube. As such, the patient's jaw can remain in its natural position, which allows me to deliver the most accurate treatment.

SMAS Lifting is Essential

SMAS mini lift surgery has become the standard of care, as cutaneous (skin-only) facelift surgery simply cannot deliver results that look as natural

It is important to recognize that a mini facelift yields substantial results despite its "mini" distinction. It involves alteration of not only the patient's skin, but also the immediate underlying muscular system, called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system), and fat tissues. By lifting and refining these tissues along with your skin, your surgeon can enhance your natural facial contours and provide results that appear both natural and significant. SMAS mini lift surgery has become the standard of care, as cutaneous (skin-only) facelift surgery simply cannot deliver results that look as natural.

Keith G. Saxon, M.D., a plastic surgeon practicing in Kansas City, MO, explains that a cutaneous facelift basically fails to address the bigger picture:

"It's not just the facial skin that's aging," Dr. Saxon said. "My goal for each patient is to take care of all of the tissues that are aging, which includes the skin and the supportive structures underneath, as well as the SMAS and fat tissues."

The Mini Lift Procedure

During mini facelift surgery, your surgeon will locate incisions in front of your ears that extend from the bottom of your earlobe to your hairline, behind your ear. The length and pattern of your incisions depends on your needs and your surgeon's technique. Next, your surgeon will pull your tissues upward and outward toward your ears. This technique reduces sagging skin and jowls, as well as the appearance of wrinkles.

Once the SMAS and skin reach a position that accentuates your natural bone structure and facial contours, they are sutured into place, and excess tissue is trimmed away. I personally use permanent sutures for the SMAS. Other surgeons may use surgical staples or removable sutures. In tot


Recovering from Mini Facelift Surgery

Some surgeons refer to mini facelift surgery as a "weekend" facelift." This can be somewhat misleading. While some patients can return to work as early as a week after surgery, others may require several weeks to heal from swelling and other side effects. It may take up to a year before final results are apparent.

Since mini facelift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, you will return to your home to rest the same day as the su