As we age, our skin loses elasticity, stretching and sagging and causing us to look older. There are many different options for rejuvenation treatment, but with the early signs of aging in the face, a mini facelift, or “celebrity lift” may be all that’s needed for many patients. It’s a popular alternative to a standard facelift, offering a quicker recovery, shorter incisions and less cost than a full lift. If you’re thinking about going under the knife to turn back time on your face, here are six things you should know about a mini facelift:
It requires minimal downtime compared to a full facelift. Recovery is as short as three days. There is minimal to no pain after the lift, and no dressings are required. After five days, your sutures will be removed. You can hide stitches with your hair and the mild bruising with makeup and certain hairstyles. Exercise, however, will be restricted for two weeks.
The incisions are shorter than with a full facelift. A short incision is made in front of the ear and extends down into the crease between the ear and the cheek. Thin muscle tissues are pulled upward and outward toward the ears. Once the tissues are lifted into the ideal position, Dr. Derek Steinbacher sutures them into place and trims the extra skin and hides the incision. For a full facelift, the incision begins at the temples along the hairline, down around the ears, ending in the hairline behind the ear.
It’s not as completely effective as a full facelift for neck problems. For more advanced sagging of the neck, a full facelift is the better option.
It can be performed using local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. General anesthesia is not necessary with mini facelifts.
It can be combined with other rejuvenation treatments. Just like a full facelift, a mini facelift can be performed with injectable fillers, laser treatments, and eyelid surgery and other forms of rejuvenation treatments.
The results are permanent. But as with any treatment, your face will continue to age naturally. Some patients will undergo a second procedure in five years after the initial mini facelift to restore results.
Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.
He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.
Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!