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The Mini Facelift Technique and What You Should Know

By David Passaretti, MD on January 21, 2014


The Mini Facelift Technique and What You Should KnowIf you want to look your very best, there are plenty of things that you can do to protect your skin from wrinkles and sun damage. Yet even if you wear sunblock, moisturize, and stay well hydrated, it is possible for wrinkles to form. This is especially true with the middle portion of the face, such as the corners of the eyes and the upper cheek region. The best way to address signs of aging in these areas is to meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss all of your options for care.

One particular option for facial rejuvenation that is gaining in popularity is known as the mini facelift. We'd like to take a moment right now to consider how the mini facelift is performed and why it may be the ideal option for you and your needs.

What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift is a surgery that helps tighten the skin around the middle portion of the face. By tightening the skin and improving the underlying muscle and fat structures beneath, the appearance of wrinkles is greatly diminished and patients look years younger.

How does a mini facelift differ from a traditional facelift?

During a traditional facelift, patients are placed under general anesthetic. An incision is made that spans from behind the ear, to the upper ear area, and along the lower portion of the hairline. It's through this incision that underlying tissues and the skin are adjusted in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

In a mini facelift, small incisions are strategically placed around the ear area and hairline, meaning that the amount of scarring is less extensive and better hidden than in a traditional facelift. In many cases, mini facelift patients will only require local anesthetic and sedation during the surgery.

Ideal Candidates for Mini Facelift Surgery

The best candidates for mini facelift surgery are people who suffer from wrinkles and sagging in the middle portion of the face. They should be in good health so that surgery of any kind is not a risk to their well-being, and they should also have realistic expectations about the surgical procedure and what it entails.

The Mini Facelift Procedure

The exact location of the incisions will be determined and discussed during the consultation process. Through these small incisions, a tiny surgical camera allows surgeons to see the underlying structures and make adjustments as needed. Adjustments to muscle and fat are made, and the skin is carefully pulled tighter to make the wrinkles fade.

Additional Facial Rejuvenation Options and Alternatives

It should be noted that the mini facelift is not the only option for effective wrinkle reduction and anti-aging treatment. There are other facial rejuvenation surgeries out there than can be of great help, including the brow lift, the neck lift, the eye lift, and the lower facelift. We can go over all of these options with you in greater detail during your visit in order to design a full plastic surgery makeover.

Learn More About Facial Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about the mini facelift as well as your many other options available for facial rejuvenation, be sure to contact our Darien, CT cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Our entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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