Have you begun to notice aging in the mid-to-lower region of the face, such as skin laxity or loss of facial volume, and you’re unsure what to do about it? A full facelift seems major, and you don’t feel like you’re necessarily at that point, but Botox and fillers just aren’t lasting as long as you’d like or giving you the results you want.
A mini facelift is an excellent option for those stuck in limbo between wanting to turn back the clock on facial aging and not being ready to commit to a facelift.
If a mini facelift sounds as if it might be right for you, here’s everything you might want to know about what to expect from the procedure and the recovery.
What is a Mini Facelift?
The mini facelift includes repositioning portions of the lower face showing signs of aging, such as hanging jowls or volume loss. The incision is about half the length of a traditional facelift and is placed just in front of the ear and wrapped behind the ear. The skin is separated from the muscle and fat so that the underlying tissue can be tightened, resulting in the lifting effect. The skin is then redraped, and all excess is removed. Sutures are put into place in just the right way to minimize scarring. Once everything is closed correctly, the incision will be dressed and bandaged, and you’ll be on your way to recovery.
Recovery Time for a Mini Facelift
According to most patients who have undergone this surgery, the bruising and swelling are minimal compared to conventional facelifts. The majority of your healing occurs in the first 2-4 weeks after surgery. During that time, it’s essential to take it easy, keep your head elevated, and be especially gentle with your face, hair, and skin, as these areas will be tender for a few weeks. Ice packs can help eliminate any bruising, swelling, or discomfort.
Most patients are able to resume their work schedule within 1 to 2 weeks after their operation. If necessary, you are allowed to wear makeup by that time.
How Best to Prepare for your Recovery
To help your recovery go smoothly, comfortably, and more quickly, here are a few things that you can implement before and after your surgery.
- Avoid alcohol, smoking, and any types of blood thinners
- Hydrate your skin by drinking plenty of water and using a moisturizer both morning and night
- Wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin from harmful UV rays that can contribute to signs of aging
- Exercise and eat a healthy diet with ingredients that promote healing and have anti-inflammatory benefits
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks
- Avoid alcohol, smoking, saunas, and steam baths for several weeks
- Get plenty of rest to promote healing
Mini Facelift in Austin, Texas
At Malena M. Amato MD in beautiful Austin, Texas, Dr. Malena Amato has been conducting traditional facelifts and mini facelifts on her patrons for years. As a board-certified eyelid & facial plastic surgeon, her passion is all about rejuvenating and enhancing the face’s natural features.