What is involved?
The mini lift is performed under local anesthesia right in the office. It is painless and it takes about 90 minutes to perform. The down time is typically 0-2 days (some patients go to work the next day). Dr. Gupta’s mini facelift is a laser-assisted technique wherein a small U-shaped incision is hidden into the bottom part of the ear and is virtually invisible. To ensure longevity of at least 7-10 years, the superficial muscle complex or the SMAS, is plicated (tucked) and excess, loose skin is excised for a sculpted, defined look. This lift is ideal for tightening up the jowls and jawline and does not alter the patient’s natural look. For those who may have some extra fat, saggy skin and/or muscle banding in the chin and neck area, a neck lift or chin tuck (platysmaplasty) combined with laser liposculpture can adequately address these issues.
Am I a good candidate for a mini lift?
The best candidates for a mini lift are those who have early signs of sagging due to loss of elasticity of the facial/neck skin and musculature and desire a little “pick me up”. Patients with extensive sun damage or those with heavy skin, fat, and muscle sagging of the lower face and neck are not suitable candidates and should consider a deep plane or more aggressive type of face lift surgery. Smokers should cease or minimize smoking prior to considering any type of facelift procedure.
BEFORE/AFTER GALLERY: MINI FACE & NECK LIFTS
Problem: Sun-damaged skin with loss of elasticity, facial wrinkles, and neck bands.
Solution: Mini SMAS facelift with platysmaplasty
Problem: Severe marionette lines; lower facial sagging; depression
Solution: Mini SMAS face lift: uplifted jawline and outlook on life
Problem: Early jowling and mild blunting of jawline.
Solution: Mini SMAS facelift with improvement of jowling and sharpening of jawline.
Age: 63 Years
Problem: “Turkey waddle” that has been bothering this patient for many years. Unable to wear scarves due to constant overhang.
Solution: Laser-assisted anterior neck lift with nice improvement of excess skin and fat in the neck in just a few weeks. She looks and feels a lot younger now with improved self-esteem. She is now thinking about having her eyes done.
Problem: Persistent “dog ears” on either side of her chin after a face lift and chin tuck done elswhere years ago. This problem has made her self-conscious of her profile for years and she feels the sagginess adds unnecessary age to her (beautiful) face.
Solution: Laser-assisted revision of chin and jawline with removal of excess skin, fat, and scar tissue both under and on either side of her chin.
Age: 52 Years
Problem: Skin laxity with loss of jawline and jowling
Solution: Mini SMAS facelift and liposculpture with improved definition of jawline and tightening of jowls.
Problem: Early loss of elasticity along the jawline in this 51 year old.
Solution: Mini SMAS facelift.
Problem: Early jowling with some loss of elasticity in the lower face and lower lid bags in this 63 year old.
Solution: Combined mini SMAS facelift and blepharoplasty
Age: 43 Years
Problem: Loss of jawline with fullness under chin
Solution: Chin tuck with removal of excess skin and subplatysmal (below muscle) fat and laser liposculpture of neck, chin, jawline.
Problem: 55 year old with mild jowling and slightly bottom heavy look. She has a nice jawline naturally but desired to sharpen it a bit and maintain the tone of her lower face.
Solution: Mini SMAS facelift with triangulation of face and sharpening of jawline. This procedure was preventative for this patient in that it will help maintain her jawline and lower facial tone for 7-10 years.
Problem: 67 year old with turkey waddle. Did not desire to undergo general anesthesia or IV sedation for improvement.
Solution: Anterior neck lift with removal of excess skin and fat under chin.