MINI FACE LIFT
The best candidates for this procedure are women or men between 30 and 45 years old in good health with mild to moderate upper or lower facial and/or neck laxity. The mini facelift is ideal for people who want to stay ahead of the aging process. It is also effective as a follow-up for patients who previously had full facelifts, but desire additional rejuvenation of the face and/or neck area. Likewise, it does not preclude undergoing full facelift procedures in the future.
The mini facelift gives an overall lift to eyes/forehead, the neck or cheeks areas only. As one age, skin loses its elasticity and many people develop loose skin folds creating a heavy, jowly, and tired appearance. Performed under local anesthesia, this minimally invasive outpatient procedure can restore a more youthful appearance, firm the lower facial area, improve jaw line definition, and restore the neck-chin angle. It can also be done on the upper part of the face which would include the cheeks.
The mini facelift produces an age-diminishing effect so that patients look younger, rested, and energized. Facial rejuvenation is achieved by repositioning the skin on the lower face to eliminate sagging and droopiness in the area where it is done. The mini-lift is a good option in many cases because it is less invasive than a full facelift. Its rapid recovery time and lower costs have made it accessible to a wide range of patients who are looking for facial rejuvenation at a reasonable price. Mini facelift patients see rapid, natural-looking results with very little recovery.
Patients should also have in mind that this procedure is done when little sagging skin is present in the eye, forehead, cheek or neck areas.
BEFORE THE SURGERY EVERY PATIENT MUST:
Surgery Costa Rica will schedule an appointment with your doctor for you. During this visit you can ask him any questions you might have about the surgery.
Have a complete medical check up, an electrocardiogram and laboratory blood and urine tests; including a complete whole blood count, partial tromboplastin time, prothrombin time, platelets, and HIV.
Take antibiotics such as Augmentin 500mg, (one capsule three times a day with each meal) Cipro or Ceclor 500mg (one capsule twice a day with a full breakfast and dinner); two days before surgery, the day of the surgery, and seven more days after the surgery.
Inform your doctor of your daily vitamin and medication intake.
Notify your doctor if you have developed a cold or the flu a week prior your surgery date.
Please avoid: aspirin, more than 500mg of Vitamin E, ginkobiloba, ginseng, or any blood thinners two weeks prior your surgery. Also avoid alcohol intake, and passive or active smoking for one month before and one month after the surgery. Remember that nicotine and alcohol delays and might even complicate your healing processes.
THE DAY OF SURGERY:
Please brush your teeth, but do not eat or drink coffee or tea.
Please do not wear make-up, remove your contact lenses or dentures before the surgery. Do not put any moisturizer on your eyes, face and neck.
Please remove your nail polish.
The evening and the morning prior your surgery, clean the operative area with soap and water.
Please do not bring any jewelry or valuables to the Hospital.
Please wear a robe, housecoat or warm up suit that buttons or zips in the front and flat shoes after the surgery. No tight-fitting clothes.
Someone must drive you home, to your Hotel, or to the Recovery Home you choose to stay at.
*Postoperative instructions regarding activity, medications and office visits will be given following your surgery.
There are three basic procedures which can be performed, either individually or combined. The anterior mini is for patients concerned about their mid face or cheek area. The procedure is straightforward: an anesthetic solution is injected into the area in front of the ears. This solution will numb the lower face, inhibit bleeding, and gently separate the skin from the underlying tissue. Once the area is numb, small incisions are made beginning just in front of the ear and proceed up into the hairline behind the sideburns. Incisions within the hair require no shaving. The facial plane is gently pulled to tighten the skin, and is supported with deep sutures. Excess skin is tailored, and incisions are closed with 6 to 8 fine sutures. The procedure takes between 40 minutes to 1 ½ hours. If necessary, some patients take a mild sedative beforehand. This procedure will correct approximately 50% of the nasolabial line.
A posterior mini facelift is for people concerned about the lower face, the neck and jowl area. An anesthetic solution is injected behind the ears. This solution will numb the lower face and neck and inhibit bleeding in the area. Once the area is numb, small incisions are made behind the ear lobes and proceed inside the hairline. The skin is elevated and gently re-draped. Several deep sutures are made in the facial plane, and excess skin is tailored; and several fine sutures close the incisions. This procedure corrects the neckline in about 80%.
The third option is the upper third of the face, which includes a Blefaroplasty (upper/lower eyelids) with a Browlift (forehead lift).
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
The mini facelift is often referred to as the "weekend" because that is the approximate duration for post-operative recovery, although it could be longer depending on the individual. Immediately after the procedure, an ace bandage will be wrapped under the chin and around the top of the head. This should be worn for the first 36-48 hours. It can be removed briefly to bathe and wash your hair. It should also be worn for the ensuing 5 nights. Sleeping with the head elevated will aid the recovery process.
Post procedure discomfort may be relieved by the application of cold compresses and pain medication. Some patients may experience temporary bruising which can be camouflaged with makeup. Makeup may be applied immediately after the procedure or a few days after the procedure. Sutures are removed after one week, and visible scars become very subtle over time.
The duration of the result varies with a patient's lifestyle, sun exposure, skin type, and heredity. Please remember that the scars will fade within 6-12 months, and only then, the final results will be seen. For most patients, however, the benefits from the mini facelift last between 5 and 7 years.
Because these procedures are not as invasive as the traditional facelift, there are minimal risks of complications. However, as with any surgical procedure the risks of post-operative bleeding, infection of the wound, scarring, and/or nerve damage should be noted.
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