I am in my early 40s and wanting to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon for advice on having a mini facelift.
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Mini Facelift and Fillers
A mini facelift would not be detrimental with your fillers from February but I would make sure to let your plastic surgeon know in advance before you have any procedure(s) done. The surgeon needs to know about your previous injections so he/she may have full knowledge of the history of your procedures to carefully create a customized plan for your facial rejuvenation goals. In general dermal fillers last anywhere from 6 months to up to a year.The concept of removing less skin and pulling less muscle for a shorter recovery period, unfortunately, does not apply to surgery as the same incisions still need to be made with the body requiring adequate time to heal from the surgery regardless of 'how much work' has been done. Patients normally return to work within a 2 week timeframe following a mini lift procedure. With any surgery for the face, it is best to see a board certified surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery for optimal results.
It sounds like you are a candidate for a Mini-Facelift. My favorite technique is the MACS short scar Mini-Facelift. Developed in Europe, it is the ideal approach for the younger patient, not ready for a full facelift, or patients who desire a less invasive procedure with a shorter recovery time. I would also consider fat grafting to your face to re-define your jaw line and fill out those areas that have lost volume over time. This will obviate the need for fillers. Check out the link below to an article I wrote about the subject. Good luck!
In my early 40s and wanting to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon for advice on having a mini facelift.
If the chin is weak, this creates an imbalance making the nose appear larger, the mid face top heavy and the lower face look short that de-emphasizes the lips and allows early formation of a double chin. Chin augmentation using a chin implant will add projection to the chin creating harmony and balance to the lower face. I have found that placement of a silastic chin implant, through a small curved incision under the chin (also allows excess skin removal) to be very safe, quick and highly effective.
If you have "jowls” these are sagging facial tissues and an indication for some form of a SMAS facelift. The underlying SMAS layer, of the face, must be dissected, lifted, trimmed and re-sutured (not merely folded or suspended with threads or sutures that will not last). The excess skin is then removed and the facelift incisions closed.
My most popular facelift is the minimally invasive, short incision facelift that has all the benefits of more invasive facelifts (traditional, mid-face and subperiosteal facelifts) but with these added benefits:
- very small incisions
- minimal tissue dissection = less bruising and swelling = rapid recovery
- can be performed in 90 minutes or less, with or without general anesthesia
- no incisions within the hair = no hair loss
- excess fat can be removed
- excess skin removed
- cheeks, chin and jaw line can be augmented with dermal fillers (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or facial implants
- most patients fly back home to parts all over the world in as little as 3 days post-op
We have had numerous patients, from down under, that have returned home as early as 3 days post facelift. The degree of tissue dissection equals the level of invasiveness of the facelift which is directly proportional to the amount of bruising, swelling and recovery time.
Hope this helps.
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About Facial Rejuvenation with Lite-lift™
A person’s age is best guessed by the appearance of their face. If you feel that your face does not reflect how young you feel inside, you may be a candidate for a facelift.
During your #consultation, your skin texture and elasticity, as well as your underlying skin structure and your facial bone structure will be evaluated. Based on this evaluation, your board certified plastic surgeons will create a custom surgical plan, detailing specific techniques and recommendations to meet your goals. In doing so, he or she should be sure to have a full understanding of what results you expect. If you are not a #candidate, your surgeon can make other suggestions to address your concerns and objectives.
However, if you learn that you are a candidate, this may be helpful. Patients who desire facial rejuvenation that is affordable, quick, and effective should consider the Lite-lift™. Like the Life-Style™ facelift, this is a modified facelift that can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic and improve signs of aging around the neck, jawbone and lower face. These procedures are not "Thread-lifts" or "String-lifts". We do not use the "barbed" sutures employed in these other lifting operations. The Lite-lift™ uses longer lasting techniques that are discussed below. Because the incisions are limited, there is less bruising, swelling and healing time for most patients. Many patients can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and more youthful.
Lite Lift™ surgery is individualized for each patient. The best candidates for #LiteLift are non-smoking patients 35-60 years old with early changes of the lower face and the neck. Candidates should also have a face and neck line beginning to sag, but skin with elasticity and well-defined bone structure. Older patients who cannot or do not wish to have a longer operation or general anesthetic can be improved with a Lite Lift™.
Mini lift and fillers
Needs an exam
The fillers will be OK with a minilift.
Have and exam and best wishes.
Mini facelift (limited-incision facelift)
I understand what you are asking about the severity of the problem to be corrected, and degree of recovery. Although it would make sense that more tightening required and more skin to be removed would equate to a longer recovery, I'm not really sure that I have seen that to be true. I use a very similar incision in most patients, and I've not found the more lifting means a longer recovery (pain, swelling, bruising, time to incision being healed, etc.). This tends to be a remarkably easy procedure to bounce back from for most patients. I hope that helps you a little. Best wishes.
Mini Facelift and Filler Placement
Usually a "mini" lift results in less skin being lifted and removed, as well as less overall tightening of the muscles. Hence,recovery time is typically faster than a "full" lower facelift and neck lift. What is just as important is to make sure this is the correct "lift" for you. Some patients think they need just a "mini" when they actually need a more full lower lift to get the desired result. This is what you and your doctor will decide together in consultation. I'm attaching both a video and blog that I wrote that hopefully will help you in your journey. Good luck!
Mini Facelift and Fillers
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Mini face lift and fillers
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