ABOUT MINI FACELIFTS
Age-related changes that can alter the appearance of the face may make an individual feel as if their identity has changed over time. Changes can occur in the upper, mid, and lower portions of the face; however, changes to the middle region of the face can often occur earlier than changes to the lower face. These changes may include loss of volume and sagging of the cheeks, as well as the development of deep wrinkles and hollow areas below the lower eyelids.
A mid facelift procedure may last approximately 3 – 4 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery and several hours if other procedures are being combined with it. It can be done under local anaesthesia with sedation, however we prefer general anesthesia. We also prefer to hospitalize patients for a day.
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Small incisions just above the hairline are made. Fine instruments are used to access the fat deposits that will be lifted during the procedure. Blunt forceps are used to elevate the underlying tissues, creating a small tunnel in the mid-face.Suspension sutures are placed in the fat deposits that have migrated downward with time, thereby elevating and suspending them in a higher position. This restores the soft, round contours to the mid-face.
POST OP RECOVERY
A compression garment is to be worn post-op, which will help to reduce swelling by preventing fluid build-up, as well as provide comfort and support as you heal. They have to be worn for a few weeks. As with any surgical procedure, you will likely experience some pain, bruising, and swelling, most of which will subside within a few weeks.
Complications that can occur include hematoma, injury to the nerves that control facial muscles (usually temporary), infection, and reactions to the anesthesia. You can reduce your risks by closely following our advice both before and after surgery.
Sameer Karkhanis, MD
Board-Certified Mumbai Plastic Surgeon
Chief Plastic Surgeon & the Director at CCRS is a qualified Aesthetic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is Board Certified, with the qualification of DNB Plastic Surgery (Diplomate of National Board). He is an active member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.