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A mini facelift is a procedure which addresses sagging skin on the lower portion of your face. This facelift technique is often preferred because it involves less surgical dissection than the traditional facelift surgery. It turns back the hands of time by eliminating signs of facial aging.
Anesthesia Type: Local or IV sedation
Facility Type: In-office (local), surgery center (IV sedation)
Recovery Time: Stitches can come out in 7-14 days after your procedure, and full recovery takes 4-6 weeks
What to Expect During Healing: Bruising, pain, and swelling after removal of stitches
Am I a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?
If you are starting to see drooping skin on your chin or neck, you might be an ideal candidate for a mini facelift. If you have less excess skin to remove, you can choose this option in order to avoid major surgery. The mini facelift is recommended for you if you are prone to scarring, because it has very minimal incisions.
Your Mini Facelift Consultation
Your initial consultation with Dr. Keith Hurvitz will involve a discussion of your medical history. During this time, it is best to mention any drugs you are currently taking. You might be asked to keep off certain medications leading up to your procedure.
A physical examination will be performed so Dr. Hurvitz can provide you with the best plan of action. Set realistic goals so you can get optimal results with your treatment.
How to Prepare for a Mini Facelift
You will not be able to drive yourself home after the surgery, so make transportation arrangements before your mini facelift procedure. This will ensure that you get home safely and can rest as soon as possible.
Plan for someone to stay with you in your home to assist you for the first day or two of your recovery. It is important that you do not overexert yourself, so you may need help with certain tasks around the house at this time.
Stock your kitchen with healthy foods, and prepare your meals in advance to avoid exhaustion and to make sure you get the nutrition you need. Plan meals that are rich in protein, vegetables, and vitamins for a smooth physical recovery.
Set up a rest area with plenty of pillows. An elevated sleeping position is essential for reducing swelling and healing properly. Also assemble any necessities you’re likely to need to be comfortable, so they are within easy reach as you rest.
Coordinate with your employer for time off work. Allot one to two weeks of leave, so you can focus on healing. Resting well will help you avoid complications and will support an optimal recovery.
Your mini facelift procedure will be conducted in Dr. Hurvitz’s clinic. General anesthesia will not be needed. Instead, he will administer local anesthesia to make it pain-free. If IV sedation is chosen, then the procedure will need to be performed in an accredited surgery center.
Incisions will be made, and then Dr. Hurvitz will manipulate the underlying skin tissue by pulling and lifting. Excess tissue will also be removed for tight, smooth results. He will close the incisions with stitches, which are barely visible with this expert technique.
The Healing and Recovery Process
You will be given detailed instructions regarding how to clean the incision sites and ease post-op discomfort with medications, cold compresses, and/or other therapies. It is essential that you follow these directions carefully to support the healing process.
Because the amount of surgical dissection is less than that of a regular facelift, recovery time will be shorter and more comfortable. However, even with this, a mini facelift is still a major surgery. You might need to take time off work to recover fully from the procedure. It might be around 7-14 days before Dr. Hurvitz removes the sutures.
Following the removal of the stitches, you might experience some swelling, redness, and tenderness. These are normal and will be minimal compared to a full facelift. They should disappear within a few weeks.
You will have activity restrictions during your recovery, but light walks will be recommended within about 48 hours after your mini facelift. This gentle exercise will help blood circulate and promote proper healing.
Dr. Hurvitz will advise you when you can resume more strenuous activity. In most cases, cardio exercise is approved about four weeks after the surgery. Heavy lifting or high impact exercise routines can typically be reintroduced at about six weeks after a mini facelift procedure.
Cost of a Mini Facelift
There are several factors that affect the total cost of a mini facelift procedure, including total surgery time and anesthesia fees. Booking a consultation with Dr. Hurvitz will give you a better estimate of the price for your particular case.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
Set an appointment for a mini facelift in Beverly Hills, Torrance, or Long Beach with Dr. Hurvitz so you can explore your options on how to get a younger-looking appearance. Find out about other procedures you can combine with this treatment for a wrinkle-free complexion.