What does a Mini Facelift Involve?

I don't know much about regular facelifts either, but something that's called "mini" seems way more appealing to me since it would be my first cosmetic procedure. What can I expect from this surgery? What does it involve and how is the skin pulled up exactly?


F, 55, Connecticut

Tags:woman age 45-54 skin

I know I wanted to undergo a facelift because I wanted a permanent solution to my wrinkles and loose skin. I've had a few cosmetic procedures performed before and made It a point to know everything about them beforehand. I knew going into the procedure that it would address my lower face. While the procedure is less involved than a traditional facelift, I still needed a local anesthetic. Incisions were made along my ear and the excess fat was removed. My doctor then removed the excess skin and tightened it. I did experience scarring. However, the scarring completely subsided after about 9 months. I was able to return to work three days after my plastic surgery procedure.

My friend had a mini lift and looked fabulous. Since I wanted to look younger and get rid of my wrinkles, I decided that I also opted for this facelift surgery. I asked a lot of questions at my initial consultation. I found a reputable facial plastic surgeon who was willing to explain the entire process. My facelift was not as involved as a full facelift. My mini facelift addressed the sagging issues of the lower third of my face. I was left with a tighter, more youthful appearance. Small incisions were put around my ears. Any excess skin was removed and the skin was pulled and sutured. The entire procedure took about two hours. Because it was an outpatient procedure, I was able to return home the same day. I took two weeks off of work to deal with the swelling and low some of the bruising to heal. I saw my final results a year after the surgical procedure.

The mini facelift is a facelift procedure that addresses mostly the lower two-thirds of your face. You'll have a couple appointments beforehand to ensure that you know what to expect and that you and your plastic surgeon on on the same page. Then, after local anesthesia (you could opt for general anesthesia), they will make two small incisions, one on each side of your face, right by your ears. My incisions were much smaller than I thought they would be, but I think this depends on your particular needs. As the facial tissues is pulled up and out, toward the tip of the ears, wrinkles disappear, and all that saggy extra skin is cut off. Finally, the incision is sewn back up. My doctor used sutures, but I know some people who have gotten staples. You'll probably hear about the SMAS during your consultation. This is your muscles and tissue immediately underneath the skin, and it is tightened also. My recovery time was about a week for all the swelling and bruising to disappear.

I had the mini facelift, and I'm thrilled with my cosmetic surgery! My surgeon took time to place the incisions in a discrete area to conceal any scarring. You should also ask your cosmetic surgeon for before and after photos of previous patients to get a clear idea of the quality of his work. I was awake during the one-hour procedure because my doctor used a local anesthetic. It was completely painless and I was comfortable the entire time. It reminded me of having my teeth cleaned or having a cavity filled at the dentist.

After the surgery, my doctor gave me clear instructions on how to treat the incisions, and I went home to rest. I returned to work in a few days, and the stitches were removed in one week. The recovery period was smooth, as expected, with minor swelling and slight bruising that went away during the first week. I look so much younger, but the results are very natural looking. I'm so happy with the final results!