Facelift surgery can produce dramatic results for patients looking to gain a more youthful appearance. The comprehensive Deep Plane Facelift is an advanced surgical procedure offered by Dr. Boris Ackerman for patients who want to make significant changes to their neck and face.
This surgery involves some downtime, lasting approximately two weeks. However, patients who want to make more subtle changes can opt for a short scar facelift, which entails a shorter recovery. This procedure does not offer the same comprehensive rejuvenation as the Deep Plane Facelift, and Dr. Ackerman offers this procedure for a few select patients only.
Dr. Ackerman provides mini facelifts in Newport Beach for patients who want to tighten and lift mild to moderate sagging skin on the face.
What Is a Short Scar Facelift?
Sometimes referred to as a MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) lift, the short scar Facelift uses smaller incisions immediately in front of the ears to avoid disturbing the hairline. These scars also blend in nicely with the ears and are practically invisible.
The aim of a short scar or mini facelift is to tighten and lift the middle and lower face and the neck in some cases.
This surgery offers the following benefits:
- Increased volume in the cheeks
- Smoother, less noticeable nasolabial folds (smile lines)
- Tighter jowls (the loose skin along the jaws)
- More defined jawline
- Improved neck contour
Am I a Good Candidate for a Short Scar Facelift?
Many men and women prefer a mini facelift to improve their facial aesthetics. The procedure is often performed for patients in their 40s and 50s experiencing loose skin due to the effects of time and gravity.
Good candidates for a mini facelift should meet the following criteria:
- Non-smoker or willing to quit before the surgery
- In good mental and physical health
- Have mild skin laxity
- Want to make subtle changes
- Have realistic expectations for the procedure
A consultation with Dr. Ackerman is necessary to determine whether or not you would benefit from a mini facelift.
What Is Discussed During Mini Facelift Consultation?
At your initial consultation, Dr. Ackerman listens carefully to your concerns and goals, obtains a complete medical history, and clearly explains all the options available to help you achieve the results you desire.
If you decide to proceed with a short scar mini facelift, we will schedule your pre-operative testing to ensure that you are healthy enough for surgery, and you will choose a date for the procedure.
If you think you may be a candidate for a mini facelift, contact Dr. Ackerman in Newport Beach, California, by calling (949) 759-3284.
How Is a Short Scar Facelift Performed?
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia. The skin is lifted and repositioned for a more youthful aesthetic, while the SMAS layer is manipulated to provide a longer-lasting result.
Additionally, fat pads under the jaw can be addressed with liposuction of the neck if the patient desires.
What to Expect After My Short Scar Facelift
What Is the Recovery Period for a Mini Facelift?
The best part about mini facelifts is the shorter recovery time. Most patients experience some bruising and discomfort, but these symptoms usually fade in about a week. For the best results, Dr. Ackerman usually suggests patients refrain from physically demanding tasks during this time.
When Will I See My Mini Facelift Results?
Most patients will start to see their results within a week, and you can expect to be camera-ready within three weeks.
Will My Mini Facelift Leave Scars?
Your scars should be minimal and virtually undetectable at a typical social distance.
Frequently Asked Questions About Liquid Facelift
How much is a mini facelift in Newport Beach?
The cost of a mini facelift will vary significantly depending on your geographic location, your doctor’s expertise, and the changes desired. Dr. Ackerman’s office will provide you with a customized mini facelift price during your consultation.
How long will my mini facelift take?
Mini facelifts take anywhere from one to three hours to complete, compared to a traditional facelift which takes three to four hours.
How long does a mini facelift last?
A mini facelift should last ten years or more, whereas a traditional or Deep Plane Facelift can last for 20 to 25 years (though the aging process continues to occur).
Can I combine other procedures with my mini facelift?
Yes. A mini facelift can be an integral part of a more comprehensive makeover. You can add eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or a brow lift, nonsurgical treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic for deep lines around the eyes and forehead, and dermal fillers for lip enhancement.
What are the risks of a mini facelift?
While there may be less risk with a mini facelift than with a traditional procedure, the side effects and risks still exist. They include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Blood clots
How should I take care of my face after my mini facelift?
After your facelift surgery, keep your head and shoulders elevated at a 45-degree angle. Don’t use pillows for the first two weeks as they can cause the neck to bend forward, and avoid any straining for the first five days.
Dr. Ackerman is currently accepting new patients. Call today to schedule a mini facelift consultation at his Newport Beach office.