Candidates for the Mini-Facelift
Candidates for the Weekend Lift are generally in good health and have realistic expectations for improving aging signs in the face. The Weekend Lift is usually reserved for individuals who are just beginning to see the first signs of aging, including minor sagging or drooping around the cheeks, jawline jowls and neck. Many patients are in their 40s and 50s, making this an excellent procedure for those who are not yet ready for a full facelift but still seeking rejuvenation. For patients with more extensive sagging, the traditional full facelift may be advised. A consultation with Dr. Smith is the best way to determine whether or not the Weekend Lift can help you to meet your aesthetic goals.
The Mini-Facelift Surgery
Surgical times for the Weekend Lift are much shorter than the traditional full facelift. In fact, the surgery typically takes just one hour to complete. In addition, the surgery can be performed with local anesthesia and sedation rather than general anesthesia. This is a quick, easy procedure that fits well into many patients’ active lifestyles.
During the surgery, much smaller incisions are made. Rather than running from the temples to in front of, around and behind the ear as with the traditional facelift, the incision often extends only to just below the earlobe. Working through the incision, sagging facial tissue is then lifted, repositioned and removed and the skin is carefully re-draped before closing the incisions with fine sutures.
Recovering from the Mini-Facelift
Following the Weekend Lift, many patients experience just five to seven days of downtime. Bruising and swelling are generally minimal. Discomfort is often minor but can be managed with pain medication if necessary. Visible results are often seen immediately.