Mini-facelifts: Who is a Candidate?
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I’m bothered by my sagging jowls and neck. I’m open to a mini-facelift, but would never consider a facelift. With so many types of mini-facelifts, how do I know what I’m candidate for?
Answer: While the idea of a mini-lift sounds good, many patients desiring mini-facelifts wait too long and end up with traditional facelifts. Mini-facelifts are very effective in the right patient, but timing is everything with facial rejuvenation. The longer you wait, the more extensive procedure you need.
Aging gracefully no longer means holding off as long as you can. Such old-fashioned thinking may have worked 20 years ago when your only option was major facelift surgery. Today, less invasive procedures offer the benefits of a more natural appearance, shorter recovery and fewer risks if you start early at the initial signs of aging.
In my practice, I offer the flexibility of three types of “lifting” procedures, depending on a patient’s unique needs. The no-downtime Infini Non-Surgical facelift, a Laser WhisperLift™ (using only local anesthesia, a tiny laser is surgically passed through micro-incisions to lift and tighten the deep tissues with minimal downtime), and traditional as well as full facelifts. It’s not the name of the “Lift” that matters. More important is finding a surgeon with flexible options to assist you in identifying the most suitable approach for your face.
The Laser WhisperLift™ is a less invasive surgical procedure that offers considerable flexibility in meeting each patient’s unique needs. Not only is neck fat removed, but skin is also tightened from underneath the tissues. Because the Laser WhisperLift™ works by aggressive skin tightening instead of skin removal, the unnatural, pulled look of a standard facelift can be avoided. The Laser WhisperLift™ allows treatment of a sagging neck alone, of the jowls alone or both the neck and jowls at the same time. If you have vertical platysmal neck bands, the laser lift can be combined with a 30 minute platysmaplasty. If you have wrinkles and aging skin, the laser lift can be combined with the Infini to simultaneously treat the upper skin layers. It can also be combined with a SMAS lift of the face. Finally, the laser WhisperLift can be quite effective on prior facelift patients who want additional tightening to slow down the aging process.
A thorough consultation with your Facial Plastic Surgeon to determine your best lifting options is the first step.
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