A mini facelift is a surgical procedure that can reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and other obvious signs of aging from the face. Those who are unhappy with the appearance of their face and jaw can look to this procedure as a possible solution. If you want to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, contact the Dr. Usal Cosmetic Surgery Center in Paramus, NJ.
The Traditional Facelift
Traditional facelift procedures involve a surgeon lifting and tightening the underlying muscles of the face and creating more aesthetically pleasing contours around the chin, jaw, and cheeks. Excess pockets of fat and sagging skin both contribute to an aged, tired-looking appearance and are subsequently removed, revealing a tighter, more youthful-looking appearance.
Who Is a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
The first step in becoming an ideal candidate for surgery is having the desire to improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence. Ultimately, though, what will work for one person may not be the best option for someone else.
Some may find that they’re able to achieve the results they desire with other treatments, including microdermabrasion or a chemical peel.
The desire to improve comes first. The knowledge regarding which options are available to you should come second. In order for you to be a good candidate for a facelift, it’s important that you obtain a thorough understanding of the procedure’s benefits and limitations. Additionally, you need to be able to closely follow the pre- and post-operative instructions set forth by your provider.
At your initial consultation, you’ll be advised by a medical professional as to whether or not you’re a good candidate for this procedure or if there is an alternative procedure that may better serve you and your specific needs and desires.
Which Traits Make Someone a Good Candidate for Surgery?
Ideal candidates for cosmetic surgery, including traditional facelifts or a mini facelift, share the following traits. While the list is not exhaustive, it should provide you with a good idea as to whether or not you’ll be a good candidate for the procedure:
Without a solid understanding regarding what facelift surgery can accomplish and what it cannot, you can’t make an informed decision. During your consult with one of our medical professionals, you’ll be filled in on exactly what the procedure can do for you, what it can’t, and what the best path forward is for you.
To be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery, you should be in good overall health. Be sure to inform your surgeon of any preexisting medical conditions at your initial consultation. While preexisting medical conditions won’t always mean you can’t get a facelift, your surgeon still needs to know about any potential complications that could arise.
Traditional facelifts are significant procedures. The healing and recovery process is different for everyone. That being said, a good candidate must be physically prepared for surgery and be free of any skin conditions that could jeopardize their health or complicate their recovery process.
You Have Existing Skin Elasticity
Ideal candidates need to have skin that retains some of its natural suppleness, flexibility, and elasticity. During your procedure, your surgeon will be tightening your facial skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Your healing depends largely on having skin with properties that allow it to conform to the new, improved contours and angles provided by the surgery.
You Have Solid Bone Structure
The more distinct your facial features are, the better. A strong, well-defined facial bone structure will provide support to the post-surgical skin and contribute to more satisfying results. If you have less distinct facial features, you can still be a fantastic candidate for surgery. You may also benefit from additional procedures including facial implants.
You Have Loose Skin
Loose skin is easily trimmed by your surgeon during the procedure. Often found on the face or neck, loose skin is a major contributor to an aged visage. Candidates usually ask that excess skin be removed from the face or neck, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and tightens the skin.
How Much Does the Procedure Cost?
How much your procedure costs will depend on a variety of factors, including the surgeon who performs the procedure, where you have your facelift done, which (if any) additional procedures are being done at the same time, and more. Your surgeon will go over the cost with you at your consultation.
The Type of Procedure
Since patients have a variety of desires and goals, more than one type of procedure is necessary to meet these varying needs. Each type of procedure is designed to address certain signs of aging and thus improve the appearance of the patient’s targeted facial features. Generally, a traditional facelift will cost more than a mini-facelift or mid-facelift. Both mini- and mid-facelifts are faster, less involved procedures that require smaller incisions.
The Type of Anesthesia
The type of anesthesia used can significantly impact not only your comfort during the procedure but the cost as well. There are a few different types of anesthesia available, including local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and full sedation. The costliest of the three is full sedation, and different anesthesiologists will have varying fees.
New methods for performing surgical procedures are constantly being developed. In the realm of cosmetic surgery, one of the newest is the endoscopic facelift. New, advanced techniques can provide a multitude of benefits for the patient, but they tend to have a higher cost than traditional procedures.
Additional Treatments or Procedures
Many patients choose to combine one of the facelift surgeries with other surgical procedures to achieve more robust and dramatic results. If additional procedures are included, it will increase the cost.
What Happens at a Mini Lift Consultation?
The first thing to do is call and make an appointment for a consultation. At the consultation, you’ll be given a thorough examination and the doctor will determine whether a mini facelift is a suitable procedure for you. Your medical professional will consider your health history, skin type, and other factors (including your goals for treatment) when making the determination. It’s essential that you’re honest with your doctor at your consultation, both in regards to your medical history as well as about the results you desire.
Your doctor will likely bring up the issue of smoking at your consultation. If you don’t smoke, you have a lot less to worry about. If you do, it doesn’t necessarily exclude you from candidacy for the procedure, however, it can raise the risks associated with cosmetic surgery and affect the rate of healing. If you use any tobacco or nicotine-containing products, including cigarettes, cigars, electronic smoking devices, smokeless tobacco, or anything else, make sure you notify your doctor at the consultation.
What Types of Facelifts Are There?
The most important thing you and your doctor will determine at your initial consultation is the type of facelift that will provide the results you desire. It’s crucial to take into consideration the specific areas you want to target, the length of recovery time associated with each procedure, and what your expectations are regarding the rejuvenated appearance you’re after.
Traditional Full Facelift
The most comprehensive results can be achieved with a traditional or “full” facelift. When you have this procedure done, it allows your surgeon to address the creases below your eyes, sagging around the cheeks, laugh lines around your mouth, and excess fat and skin around the chin, jowls, and other locations.
At the start of the procedure, incisions are placed just behind the hairline. They’ll start near the temples and the front of the ear. Through these incisions, your surgeon will reposition the deeper tissues beneath the skin of your face to smooth creases and eliminate “jowling” as well as address sagging beneath the chin to restore a more natural, youthful-looking contour to your face and chin.
A mid-facelift is an effective procedure used to tighten the tissues below the eyes and around the cheeks. The surgeon creates incisions similar to those used in a traditional facelift, but the incisions used in a mid-facelift are deeper. With deeper incisions, your surgeon will be able to lift muscles that are normally not touched during a full facelift procedure. It also allows for the possibility that your surgeon can use fat grafting or facial implants to enhance the contours of your face. If you’ve been hoping to get more defined cheekbones as a result of your procedure, a mid-facelift can help facilitate that.
Even though the incisions in a mid-facelift are deeper than those used in a traditional procedure, a mid-facelift does not address as many areas as a traditional facelift. Mid-facelifts are typically beneficial procedures for men and women in their 30s and 40s looking to rejuvenate their appearance.
A mini facelift involves smaller incisions and a shorter recovery period when compared to both traditional and mid-facelift procedures. The mini facelift targets a smaller area; usually the jaw, lower cheeks, and neck. The incisions for the procedure are located along the hairline and behind the ear. Through them, the doctor will lift muscles, remove unwanted fat deposits, and eliminate excess skin. Often referred to as a “weekend facelift,” it’s often utilized by younger patients looking for facial rejuvenation.
How Many Years Does a Mini Facelift Last?
There are a variety of facelift types. They range from minor tucks that lift the skin and provide short-lived results to more comprehensive procedures that tighten the skin and muscle for longer-lasting, higher-quality results.
Mini facelift surgery is designed to last for many years and to age with you. Just how long it lasts will depend on your current age, the speed at which the aging process is taking place, and a variety of lifestyle factors including diet, exercise, and whether you smoke.
Generally speaking, the procedure will last for several years and will only gradually dissipate as time goes on and your body continues to age.
Is a Mini Facelift Right for You?
A mini facelift includes incisions behind the hairline and around the ears. It addresses excess skin and wrinkles in the face and jawline. It is not as extensive or invasive as a “full” facelift. The procedure itself only takes a couple of hours on the average, and recovery time is only about one to two weeks.
If you think that a cosmetic procedure is right for you, don’t wait. Call us at the Dr. Usal Cosmetic Surgery Center in Paramus, NJ today and see which of our procedures are right for you.