Will mini face lift involving lateral platysmal tightening and SMAS remove dimple close to corner of my mouth when I smile?
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Will a #facelift address the cheek #dimples I have?
In my practice, I often perform subcision under local anesthesia, in office, where a small knife is inserted under the tethered area (the dimple), the small attachments between skin and muscle are severed and then fillers such as restylane and juvederm are added.
This could be done at the same time as your facelift carefully. There would be some added risk of vascular compromise, depending on the type of facelift you are getting.
Discuss your concerns and establish a plan with your board-certified plastic surgeon.
Facelifts Don't Affect Dimples
It's unclear from your question whether you would like to keep your dimple or lose it. A mini facelift will not detach the skin from muscle at the point of the dimple. If you wish the dimple removed, you need to request that specifically from your facial plastic surgeon. You might also need a hyaluronic-acid based filler such as Juvederm to even out the depression. I hope this helps.
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Can a mini facelift improve the neck?
My first thought is whether a "mini" facelift can have any effect on the neck. To have a significant effect, the plastysma muscle in the neck needs to be lifted and repositioned to address the loose skin overlying it.
A mini lift, which could mean a number of things, is usually unlikely to have much of an effect on the neck.
Finally, I doubt whether the dimple when you smile will be changed at all by the facelift.
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