What is a mini-facelift?
A mini-facelift is a surgical procedure that repositions and removes excess and droopy face and neck tissue to produce a younger and more refreshed appearance. The difference between a facelift and a mini-facelift is that a mini-facelift has a more limited dissection and less dramatic results, however not all patients are good candidates for it.
Source: Moubayed et al., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Concepts, Questions, Answers, 1st ed.
What are the risks of a mini-facelift?
Like any surgery, a mini-facelift presents the universal (but minimal) risks of scarring, bleeding (and bruising), infection (superficial or deep), and pain (temporary or permanent).
The main risk of any cosmetic surgery is to not be satisfied with the result, but this is very rare in properly selected patients. Any mini-facelift involves the risk of producing paralysis of a facial nerve branch, temporary (and sometimes permanent) numbness of the face or ear (via the great auricular nerve), hair loss, and changes in skin pigmentation.
Dr. Moubayed is exclusively trained in facial surgery. He has a conservative and individualized approach with each patient in order to minimize the risks listed above.
How long does it take to do a mini-facelift in Montreal?
Facelift surgery involves safety, finesse, and precision. When it is practiced using modern techniques that enable maximal control, it takes approximately two hours.
What type of anesthesia do you use?
Mini-facelift is usually performed under local anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.
How long is recovery from a mini-facelift?
Patients leave the surgical center the same day and recover at home with plastic drains (to prevent blood accumulations under the skin) and a dressing. Your first appointment happens on the day after surgery where your surgeon removes your drains. Your stitches are removed 5 to 7 days later.
You should expect most bruising to disappear or be easily concealable after two to three weeks before returning to your daily activities. Light physical activity can be resumed after a week, but for more vigorous activities like weightlifting, it is recommended to wait three weeks to minimize bleeding risk.
How long am I swollen after a mini-facelift?
After two to three weeks, you will be presentable in society. Most of the swelling will disappear during the first three months, but minimal can swelling can persist up to a year.
How do I find the best surgeon for a mini-facelift in Montreal?
It is important to look at multiple factors:
1- Does your doctor have specific expertise in facial surgery and anatomy to be able to protect your facial nerve and minimize complications?
2- Can your doctor perform all types of facelift to be able to recommend which one is most adapted to your needs without any bias?
3- Did you have a positive experience and feel comfortable during your consultation?
Four ways to know if you’re a good candidate for a mini0facelift
1- Your face shows minimal signs of aging (jowling, submental fat, platysmal bands)
2- You have realistic expectations
3- You are in good health
4- You do not smoke