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Mini Face Lift: A Small Lift, Big Advantages
The face lift has undergone dozens of advances over the past decade, one of the most popular being that of the mini facelift or “In-Office Face Lift” as it is often called. This procedure drastically shortens healing times associated with the surgery and can be performed very quickly in Dr. Fasano’s Stuart office. Face lift surgeries of the past caused considerable stress on the body whereas these shorter procedures focus on targeted facial features, reducing stress and presenting the patient with less risk. All of these dimensions serve to reduce the cost and increase the appeal. All the same problem areas such as the neck, jaw, and cheeks can be altered much more efficiently through this option.
The Process Itself
The techniques making this process possible are relatively new. Among the treatments that patients request the most target folds associated with the nose and neck. In these areas, Dr. Fasano is able to make very small incisions through the use of endoscopic technology. He essentially reduces facial tissue, shifts its position, or lifts it in order to achieve the best possible results. Once the tissue is in place, the skin is simply secured using tiny sutures.
The Ideal Mini Facelift Patient
This simple procedure is best suited for people who have just begun to notice their signs of aging. Making small corrections early reduces the potential need for more serious surgeries down the line. The majority of people choosing the mini facelift are between the ages of 30 and 40. They have the desire to lessen the appearance of sagging skin in key areas of the profile. These areas include the jowls, the upper portion of the neck, and the cheeks. Drooping that is more advanced or occurring around the lower portion of the neck may require what is known as a lower face lift, however.
Traditional Versus New Techniques
The standard face lift is best suited for patients who wish to enhance their total appearance by addressing areas in all parts of the face. Rather than targeting areas through the mini facelift technique, the traditional approach is more intense and requires greater healing time. However, there are limitations to the mini facelift. Areas that include the forehead and brow cannot be corrected through the processes used in a mini facelift. Such corrections involve more direct intervention. Surgeons offering both procedures can direct patients in their options in addition to informing them of the benefits and drawbacks for their concerns specifically.
The Impact of a Mini Facelift
An In-Office Facelift is the least invasive procedure that is currently available, due to the fact that the incisions are so small. They allow for Dr. Fasano to take either an endoscopic or non-endoscopic approach, depending on the conditions. With the use of the endoscopic technique, instruments can be placed under the skin through only three or more small cuts. These instruments are used to remove tissue and reform muscle in order to address the cosmetic issue. Additionally, the entire process is monitored through the use of a small camera that is placed under the skin as well. During non-endoscopic processes, areas of the skin must actually be retracted in order to fully expose the area being addressed. Regardless of the process, the impact is still minimal, reducing the possibility of any complications.
The Benefits of a Mini Facelift
In addition to the low cost of the procedure, patients choose the mini facelift because minor issues can be addressed with minimal concern for the time invested or the risks that this technique presents. There is very little anesthesia involved in the technique, and patients can return to their lives nearly immediately after surgery. Do you live in St. Lucie, Jupiter, Jensen Beach or nearby and wonder if a mini facelift is the right choice for you? Contact Dr. Fasano’s Stuart office today to set up your consultation.