Should I look like this after a mini face lift? (photos)
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Disappointed with mini facelift....
Consult with a Board Certified Fellowship Trained Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist.
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7 months post op
Thank you for your question and photos. Unfortunately, without pre-photos, it is difficult to guage improvement. I recommend that you meet with your Plastic Surgeon to compare photos and discuss your concerns. If revision is an option, you could begin the process of planning, or talk about non-surgical treatments for scarring such as laser/peel/microneedling.
All the best
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Disappointing "Mini" Face Lift for facial acne scar deformity
Thanks for sharing your photos. Without seeing your pre-surgical appearance, it is difficult to visualize the improvement.
Acne unfortunately creates "tufting" of the skin to the underlying tissues. Just like a sofa, the tufted point has no fill or in the case of the facial skin a loss of fat. One way to improve the tufted appearance of acne injured skin is to lift the skin off its underlying attachments and unfurl or redrape the skin allowing for thinner tissues to overlie a new layer of fat and therefore re-project the indented scars for a smoother skin surface. My description of this technique would be a "skin-only" facelift. The underlying tissues such as the fat and SMAS particularly along the jawline and jowl may also be lifted to more fully rejuvenate facial balance as would be performed in a traditional facelift.
A "mini-lift" means different things to different people. To me, it describes a limited undermining of the skin and certainly, not over the cheek mound to the nasojugal fold which is where most of the traction from your acne is located.
I recommend that you seek a second opinion from a well experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to examine your concerns and make his or her best recommendations for you.
Acne scars may also be addressed with:
- sub-cision and fillers such as Restylane / Juvederm,
- retin-A (“ZO”, Dr. Obagi's second generation Skin Health therapy),
- These at-home cream programs are further stimulated with two different types of chemical peels! Use the TCA or ZO Mid Depth Peel for more superficial exfoliation or deeper skin tightening and the VI Peel for light to medium exfoliation with collagen stimulation and pigmentation control.
- ClearLift is revolutionary in providing 2 non-painful lasers in one to improve texture and soften scarring.
- For severe acne scarring, the best way to soften the scarring is with a skin redraping ie. skin-only facelift.
Facelift for acne scarring?
Mini Facelift for Acne Scars
There are many treatments to improvement acne scars including surgery, chemical peels, and lasers. I would discuss with your surgeon your concerns regarding your mini facelift.
I hope this helps.
how should things look after mini face lift
there are three areas that we look at to address an aging face:
- skin surface
- laxity of skin an muscle
"Mini facelift" results?
That said, a facelift alone will not optimize the appearance of your acne scars. It may be worthwhile to discuss other options including laser/chemical peel resurfacing, subcision, removal of icepick scars, and injections. Be sure to consult with a practitioner experienced in acne scar treatment. Good luck!
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