Mini Facelift

faceOur plastic surgeons at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery offer a variety of facial procedures to ensure we address your unique cosmetic concerns. While most facelift patients have historically waited until the age of 50 or later before seeking out this facial procedure, the most current techniques used in the treatment of facial aging are now allowing patients to opt for subtler changes earlier in life. A mini facelift is an alternative to a traditional facelift for patients with milder degrees of excess skin or sagging tissue. This procedure allows patients to rejuvenate their face for a more youthful, vibrant look with a shorter surgical time and an abbreviated recovery. Since the face plays such a significant role in how we perceive ourselves, many of our patients report a nice boost in self-confidence after the mini facelift procedure. We know how important trust is when making the personal decision of choosing a facelift surgeon; Dr. Neil Zemmel and Dr. Kasandra Dassoulas have a history of fostering positive experiences that lead to outstanding results.

Please contact us for more information on mini facelift procedures, or to schedule a consultation.

About the Mini Facelift

A mini facelift employs similar techniques of a more traditional facelift; however, the mini lift involves incisions, typically limited to placement in front of the ear. Through this incision, the underlying soft tissue and muscular layer of the face can be tightened to a more youthful anatomic position. Our surgeons utilize a limited-incision MACS lift for minimally invasive facial rejuvenation. Using the MACS-lift facelift technique for a more natural look, Dr. Zemmel and Dr. Dassoulas can offer their facelift patients a faster recovery, minimized risks of complications, and long-lasting results. All scars are discreetly concealed behind the ear or along the hairline.

Mini Facelift Consultation

Ideal candidates for mini facelift surgery include healthy men and women who exhibit early signs of aging around the face and neck. Many of our mini facelift patients are in their 30s-50s, though in some cases a mini facelift may be recommended for an older patient. A successful mini facelift requires that patients maintain realistic expectations about the procedure. While mini facelifts can effectively address sagging jowls and reduce the appearance of lines around the mouth (marionette lines), the procedure is not designed to completely transform the face or eliminate fine lines or wrinkles. A traditional facelift, facial peel, or laser skin resurfacing may be recommended to address these concerns. Clear doctor-patient communication is vital for a successful mini facelift. Your plastic surgeon will help you make a well-informed decision based on a facial examination and a discussion of your unique aesthetic goals. Our VECTRA 3D surgical simulator is also used to provide a visual “preview” of the potential results to aid in the decision-making process.

After the consultation, if it is determined that you are a good candidate for a mini facelift, your surgeon will provide detailed pre-operative instructions in preparation for your surgery.

Your Mini Facelift Procedure

All mini facelift surgeries are performed by Richmond Aesthetic Surgery’s plastic surgeons at St. Francis Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgical Center or at the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Henrico Doctors’ Hospital – Forest Campus. During this outpatient procedure, most patients typically require local anesthetic and gentle sedation to maximize safety during surgery and minimize discomfort. All incisions are hidden around the ear and are typically inconspicuous once healing is complete. A mini facelift usually takes about 2 hours to perform.

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Your Mini Facelift Recovery

Most of our patients do not experience significant discomfort following their mini facelift procedure, and any discomfort is usually resolved with pain medication. While some patients may feel slight numbness in areas of the face immediately after surgery, this numbness typically resolves in a few weeks. Though bruising and swelling is often significantly less than a traditional facelift, Dr. Zemmel and Dr. Dassoulas still recommend that patients elevate their heads during the first days of recovery to expedite the process. Patients usually feel like themselves after day or two and begin to gradually resume their normal activities, and sutures are removed at approximately 1 week after surgery.

To learn more about the mini facelift procedure, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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