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The Mini-Facelift Plastic Surgery Process

There are many cosmetic procedures that Dr. Gentile can perform to fight or diminish the signs of aging, however none prove to be as extensive as the full facelift. Most patients who receive a facelift do so during their middle or late years, but facial maturity is present long before this time. Often, cosmetic injectable fillers are used in to temporarily fill in fine lines and wrinkles of the face, but this method does not serve any long term or lifting benefits. People in their thirties and forties with preliminary signs of time and sun induced facial stresses may opt to undergo a mini-facelift surgery. This facial plastic surgery can prolong the need for more invasive, costly cosmetic treatments. Mini-facelift surgery, also known as the mini-rhytidectomy or weekend facelift is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that addresses specific areas of the face that tend to age at a rapid pace.

The Mini-Facelift Plastic Surgery Procedure

A mini-facelift surgery can be performed manually through standard incisions, though it is generally performed endoscopically. A small camera is inserted under the skin through two or three very small incisions to guide Dr. Gentile through your problematic tissues. The skin does not have to be fully removed from the face to expose muscle and fat. The key facial structures elevated during a mini-facelift surgery are saggy jowls of the lower jaw line that can create a frowning appearance; the marionette lines (or melolabial folds) that appear as deep parenthesis around the mouth, often drawn down toward the chin; excess skin that hangs from the neck, offhandedly referred to as the “turkey waddle”, “turkey gobbler”, or “turkey neck” because it resembles this feature of the bird.  

Mini-facelift patients are placed under a local anesthesia, combined with sedation if necessary. The surgery takes less than two hours to perform, and the newly enhanced facial features immediately show a dramatic improvement due to the surgically raised, shifted, and removal of inner facial tissues. Sutures may be used to hold the delicate, reformed structures in place.

Recovering From the Mini-lift Surgery

Bandages that cover the treated areas to remedy swelling and promote an expedient recovery are removed during the first post-surgical appointment. The recovery period following a mini-facelift surgery is prompt, lasting three to five days on average. The term “weekend facelift” was derived from the idea that a patient could undergo the surgery on a Friday, and likely return to normal activities the following Monday. Very little pain is associated with the mini-facelift procedure, more so when performed endoscopically, as a lesser amount of tissues are disrupted.

Benefits of a Mini-Facelift Plastic Surgery

The mini-facelift is very low in cost compared to other facial plastic surgeries, including the facelift which is about doubly as expensive. Younger patients may not yet wish to receive such dramatic changes to their face, and can opt to repair only the areas that need improvement. Cosmetic injections must be performed every few months for optimal results, but a mini-facelift is a one-time procedure with lasting benefits, which is yet another way the surgery is cost effective. The recovery period is brief and nearly pain-free, so regular activities can be resumed in just a few days, whereas most facial cosmetic surgeries require weeks of downtime.

Surgical risks are very low for this procedure for a number of reasons: there are only a few areas of the face that are surgically treated so less stress is imposed upon the body during healing, there is less manipulation of facial tissues which creates a very low probability for nerve damage, and the use of an endoscope exposes less tissue, which in turn lowers infection rates. The mini-facelift also ranks among some of the least invasive facial plastic surgeries available today.

If you are interested in receiving a mini-facelift, set up a consultation to visit with Dr. Gentile to learn if you are a candidate for this new facial plastic surgery.

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