Mini-Facelift: An Alternative to a Full Facelift
A mini facelift is a good alternative to having a traditional full facelift especially for patients who do not demonstrate extreme degrees of skin or muscle laxity along their jawline and neck or a significant loss of mid-facial fullness. In general, the best candidates for a mini facelift are patients below fifty-five who possess good skin elasticity. A full facelift is a more extensive procedure which addresses patients with moderate to severe signs of aging including jowls, extensive muscle and skin laxity, and mid-facial volume loss. At the time of your initial consultation Dr. Kopelman will review your unique characteristics and specific concerns. You will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations and ask any relevant questions you may have. Dr. Kopelman will determine if you are an ideal candidate for a mini-facelift or a traditional facelift. Following a mini-facelift you can expect a more energetic youthful appearance.
Q: What is a mini-facelift
A: A mini facelift is a “facelift” through a short incision that can lift the mid portion of the face and the neck and improve the definition of the jawline. Because a mini facelift has the benefits of being less invasive compared to a traditional facelift it produces less bruising, a shorter recovery time and is accompanied by fewer risks.
Q: How do I prepare for a mini-facelift procedure?
A: Dr. Kopelman will review your medical history as well as the prescription and non-prescription medications you may be taking. You must stop all blood thinners at least two weeks prior to surgery to minimize bleeding and post operative bruising and swelling.In addition , if you smoke you must refrain from smoking for two weeks prior to surgery because it may negatively effect the outcome of your healing process.
Q: Can I also combine a mini-facelift with other complimentary cosmetic procedures?
A: Yes, depending upon your cosmetic concerns, Dr. Kopelman may recommend that complimentary cosmetic procedures such as cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), fat grafting, endoscopic brow lifts, and laser skin rejuvenation to enhance your final results.
Q: What can you expect with a mini-facelift?
A: Dr. Kopelman will review the surgical options available to you, and answer any questions you may have. Prior to surgery you will be able to tour the Ridgewood Ambulatory Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art surgical facility, located on the premises of his consultation office. You will also be able to meet with our caring nursing staff that will be part of your team. A mini-facelift is usually performed under local anesthesia with intravenous “twilight’”sedation.The procedure takes approximately two hours. The goal of a mini facelift is to reposition sagging soft tissue through a short incision. Fat below you chin and neck will be recontoured with liposuction. Underlying sagging muscle will be tightened and excess skin will be trimmed. Fine sutures will be hidden within your natural creases around your ears.
Q: The recovery process from mini-facelift
A: Following the mini facelift procedure, a gauze dressing will be applied under your chin and in front of your ears. These dressings will be removed the next day.Some swelling and bruising is expected following surgery. This usually resolves rapidly over approximately one to two week period. Side effects of a mini-facelift can be minimized by avoiding any blood thinners prior to surgery. Most patients typically experience little or no discomfort, but if there is any, it is easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. You will be examined by Dr. Kopelman and his nursing staff the next morning. Sutures will be removed in 5 to 7 days following the mini facelift surgery. You can resume your daily activities within one week and your exercise routine within two weeks.Incisional scars will be hidden in the natural creases of your face and ears and in time they will be barely visible. To ensure that you have the best possible results Dr. Kopelman will examine you at regularly scheduled intervals to monitor your progress. Most patients return to work about 7 to 10 days after the mini facelift surgery.
Q: How long will the benefits of a mini-facelift last?
A: Cosmetic surgery will “turn back the clock” but you will continue to age.Each individual ages at a different pace therefore it is difficult to predict how long the benefits of a mini facelift will last for you but on average most people derive between five and ten years of benefit.
Q: What are the risks associated with mini-facelift surgery?
A: All surgery has some inherent risks. These risks include bleeding, infection, swelling, scarring,nerve injury, and blood clots, but they are rare. Our operating suite is state-of-the-art, and we do everything we can to minimize the risks associated with surgery. Most importantly, Dr. Kopelman and his team follow strict protocols minimize the incidence of complications.
Interested in learning if a mini-facelift is right for you?
Please call Dr. Kopelman at 201-444-4499 to arrange for an in-depth consultation to discover how a mini facelift can refresh and rejuvenate your appearance!