The “mini facelift” technique, also referred to as a “weekend facelift,” is a form of cosmetic surgery intended to enhance overall facial appearance through lifting and tightening the skin and muscles. This rhytidectomy technique can reduce sagging and wrinkles in the cheek and jawline area.
This emerging procedure is called a band-aid facelift because of how fast and minimally invasive the procedure is. The goal to improve sagging jowls and the jawline by removing excess skin and fat (if applicable), along with tightening of the muscle covering (SMAS layer).
The ideal candidate for a mini lift is a healthy patient between the ages 40- 60 who primarily has problems related to the jawline, presenting jowls that are hanging, they do not have significant neck fullness or bands and do not have a lot of extra neck skin.
The mini facelift surgery was designed for patients who have begun to notice visible signs of ageing like wrinkles and sagging skin but aren't prepared to undergo more invasive forms of facelift surgery. Often, this procedure is ideal for busy professionals whose schedules will not allow significant time off for recovery.
Mini Facelift surgery – known medically as rhytidectomy – is performed with general anaesthesia, and take about two hours. Though they are less invasive than the full facelift surgery, it is important to remember that the weekend facelift is still a significant surgical procedure. First, small incisions are made in the face, usually behind the hairline or in natural skin folds. Then, the facial tissue is lifted, trimmed, and repositioned. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.
An adult should stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery and rest is absolutely necessary. You will be wrapped in dressings that will not be removed for 24 hours post-procedure. You should rest with your head elevated in a recliner or with at least 2 pillows for the first week after surgery. Patients should try not to sleep on their side but rather sleep with the back of the head on the pillow for about two weeks. Some patients prefer an airline type pillow for comfort. Also popular is the common pillow called a “husband.” This is the large pillow that has extensions that go under the arms and supports the patient. Take the prescribed pain medications before you begin to feel discomfort. It is easier to prevent pain than control it.
You will return to the office seven days after surgery to remove the sutures. At 10 days, most if not all of the bruising has resolved. With a little bit of make-up most patients are presentable in public after approximately 10 days. With normal healing, the total recovery from facelift surgery involves 10 to 14 days of rest with minimal activity. If you have a special event planned, The Precision team advises that you allow at least 3-4 weeks of recovery before the event.