Aging brings sagging face and neck and drooping facial contours. Mini-facelift treatment has a fast effect with minimal risk and short recovery time. Mini-lift is a surgery performed under local anaesthesia. It lifts the skin and balances the lower parts of the face and neck. Liposuction of double chin can be done as well at the same time for higher effect.
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It is necessary to make pre-op examinations (laboratory tests of blood and urine, EKG, examination by GP). Good health condition is required. There should not be any acute or inflammatory disease of the skin 3 weeks before the treatment. Drugs which cause bleeding (Acylpyrin, Anorypin etc) should not be used 2-3 weeks before. Using of supporting enzymatic drugs (Wobenzym) and hair dying are also not recommended before the treatment.
An incision is made in front of the ear, curving around the bottom of the ear to the hairline on the back of the neck. The skin is separated from the deep tissue, excess fat is removed and the muscles are reshaped.
We use a SMAS face lift technique. SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) is a layer of tissue present deep to the skin and subcutaneous tissue. Therefore, SMAS face lift tightens the structure in the deeper layer of the face. This can be done either by plication (folding) or by resection (removing loose subcutaneous structure).
Finally, the incisions are closed with intradermal sutures. The usual time of the surgery is 40-50 minutes.
Recovery is individual and depends on healing ability and general approach of a patient.
It is essential to keep position on the back with elevated head when resting or sleeping.Total bandage remains for 2-3 days after face lift. Swelling and bruising are common, however, they gradually resolve after 4-7 days. Another symptom may be a slight fever (up to 38) for 1-2 days. Therefore it is necessary to stay resting and apply cold compresses on the face. Patients usually feel no pain, but rather an unpleasant pressure of the bandage. The stitches are removed within 6-8 days after the surgery.However, the facial tissue needs several weeks to stabilize.
Usual physical activities, including exercising, should be avoided for 3 weeks after the surgery. Wearing a make-up is recommended after a week, dark hair dying after 4-6 weeks.
Feelings of tension and lesser sensitivity in the treated area are usual syndromes which disappear gradually. Mild swelling may remain for several weeks, especially during warm weather. Intensive sun exposure should be avoided for at least 1 month and creams with high SPF must be applied.
Possible postoperative complications, which prolong the recovery time, include bleeding or infection. However, use of antibiotics before the surgery can prevent the infection. Complication which occurs due to facial nerve damage is very rare.
Scars may appear, usually behind the ears. Fortunately, there are various effective solutions that can significantly help to reduce surgery scars and minimize their appearance.