Mini Facelift in Fort Myers
If you are thinking about undergoing facelift surgery with Dr. Douglas Stevens, one of the decisions the two of you will have to make is whether you will have a full facelift or a modified version of facelift (sometimes referred to as a “mini” facelift or an “S-Lift”).
Traditional facelift is considered the gold standard of treatment for individuals with moderate to severe signs of aging. A traditional facelift procedure is performed through incisions created in the temples, extending down the hairline and around the ears.
Depending on your age, facial anatomy and the quality of your skin, you may see good results with a mini facelift. This procedure is similar to facelift with some key differences. The incisions are shorter, so there is less scarring. Also, the scope of the procedure is smaller.
Are You a Good Candidate for Mini Facelift?
Mini facelift might be suitable for you if you meet the following criteria:
- You are younger (i.e., in your 40s or 50s) and starting to see mild to moderate lines, wrinkles and sagging skin in your lower face.
- Your skin still has some degree of elasticity.
- You need very little improved under your chin and on your neck (e.g., you do not have severe jowling or sagging skin).
If you have significantly saggy or stretched-out skin, little skin elasticity and you need a lot of improvements on your neck or under your chin, you may be better suited for full or traditional facelift.
The best way to determine what is best for you is to consult with an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Stevens, who has experience with both techniques. After a complete physical evaluation and a conversation about your needs and goals, Dr. Stevens can recommend which procedure is more likely to give you the results you want. He can show you before and after photographs so you can get a sense of what you will look like after your surgery.
What Does Mini Facelift Entail?
Mini facelift is performed in the office or in a surgery center setting. Our office uses local anesthesia and the surgery center uses sedation anesthesia so you do not feel any pain during surgery.
Your procedure will be tailored around your unique anatomy and personal goals. The procedure steps are based on what you hope to achieve from surgery.
To begin mini facelift, Dr. Stevens creates incisions along the hairline above each ear and in the natural folds around the ears. He separates the skin from the underlying structures, and lifts and tightens the structural tissues. Then, Dr. Stevens re-drapes the skin more tightly over the rejuvenated facial tissues. This results in a more youthful and pleasant expression.
The results of mini facelift can last up to 10 years. Mini facelift can be combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or brow lift for even more rejuvenating results. Since mini facelift only addresses the mid and lower portions of the face, procedures that target the eye areas can be very complementary.
Learn More About Mini Facelift
To learn more about the mini facelift procedure and to determine whether it is a suitable solution to your personal anti-aging goals, please contact our Fort Myers office and schedule a consultation today.