We often say that growing older is not for the weak at heart. We spend more time at the doctor’s office, start each morning with a progressively larger handful of pills, and every time we look in the mirror, we are startled anew at that “old” person who stares back at us! Wrinkles, droopy and dull skin, jowls—even our eyelids begin to sag and hinder our vision, giving us the appearance of a hairless shar pei on our worst days. Fortunately, medical technology has progressed to the point that there are remedies to counteract the aging process, including the mini-facelift, one of today’s most common facelift procedures.
What is a Mini Face Lift?
The mini face lift, also known as the weekend face lift in some areas, is the perfect solution for those seeking a more natural look who don’t want to undergo the more invasive full facelift procedure that often results in that perpetually surprised expression. With the use of small incisions that are hidden behind the ears, the lower portion of the face is tightened, removing wrinkles and the sagging skin that causes the face to often look tired and old. Redefining the chin and giving the face the youthful appearance, the mini face lift procedure is performed with a local anesthesia on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return to normal life activities far sooner than with the standard procedures.
In spite of the term mini, the results can be quite substantial, as the doctor doesn’t just work on the skin, but the underlying tissue and muscles (superficial muscular aponeurotic system referred to as SMAS) that change as we age. The techniques used in a mini face lift will leave the patient with a more natural look while making the patient look substantially younger. After re-sculpturing, the excess skin is cut away and either staples or permanent sutures are used behind the ears.
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If you’re thinking a mini facelift is the procedure for you, give us a call and set up a consultation. Dr. Seiger will sit with you and answer any questions you may have and work with you to determine if you are an ideal candidate.