Patients who want to reverse early signs of aging but aren’t quite ready for a full facelift may be candidates for a procedure known as a minilift. This surgical procedure utilizes smaller incisions to remove excess skin and tighten tissue, resulting in positive results with less discomfort and downtime than a full facelift procedure. A minilift is often recommended to patients between the ages of 40 and 60, with good skin elasticity and moderate signs of aging.
Who is it For?
A minilift is effective in addressing the following concerns:
- Loose, sagging skin in the lower face
- The appearance of jowls around the jawline
- Loss of definition along the jaw line
- Significant facial creases in the mid to lower face
- Signs of aging that do not yet require a full facelift procedure
A minilift is not a good option for patients with excessive neck sagging and creasing or older patients with significant skin laxity or significant sun damage. The minilift primarily addresses concerns in the mid and lower face. To see positive results around the eyes or forehead, a brow lift, eyelid lift or facial fat transfer-filler may be combined with the minilift to achieve the best possible results.
How does it Work?
The minilift is performed by Dr. Dilip Madnani as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia.. Small incisions are placed in natural skin creases around the ear lobe that allow Dr. Madnani to remove excess skin. The underlying muscle and soft tissue (SMAS) is also corrected to achieve a natural, long lasting and more youthful facial profile.
Benefits of a minilift include smaller incisions and a shorter procedure overall, which means minimal downtime and healing. Patients tend to recover from the procedure more quickly. Patients will see significant improvement in the skin of the mid to lower face, as sagging and facial creases are effectively minimized.
What are Results Like?
Patients will see results of a minilift right away, and full results will be stabilized after the swelling that takes place in the days following the procedure has dissipated. Discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, although some patients request prescription pain medicine in the early days after surgery. A dressing is used for a few days after the procedure, to minimize swelling and speed the healing process.
Patients are usually ready to return to work within a week after a minilift. Residual bruising can easily be camouflaged with makeup and other signs of surgery are nearly non-existent by this time. The results from a minilift are long-lasting, with some patients going many years before needing any type of touch-up treatment.
A minilift is a good option for patients with moderate signs of aging that are not quite ready for a full facelift. This procedure may even delay the need for a full facelift by a number of years. To learn more about the minilift, contact Dr. Madnani’s office at 212-203-8591.