David F. LaPatka, MD, FACS is a board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and has performed thousands of surgical and non-surgical corrections of the skin, forehead, brow, eyelids, nose, cheeks, chin, and neck.
Looking at a Mini-lift
There are many terms for less extensive facelifts and they go by various names including S lift, mini-lift, as well as numerous trademark names such as QuickLift™, Lifestyle Lift™, and others. The S lift refers to an incision that is carried from the hairline above the ear extending behind the tragus (that cartilage in front of the opening of your ear canal) and gently sweeping in an S fashion to the ear lobe area. The S lift incision may minimally extend toward the hairline. After all it's not just about the incision but what's done to the underlying tissue. These less extensive procedures fulfill a need for quicker recovery time for patients. Recovery time is important, however, in the end you want the most natural result.
A mini-lift is a less extensive procedure that can be performed on patients with early aging of the face. These patients are usually in their 40's or 50's. When I see a patient for a consultation we will determine the best procedure for you, which is decided by the features you would like to improve and rejuvenate. The mini-lift may have to be combined with other procedures such as neck contouring to achieve your goal. Facial rejuvenation is not just about "tightening things up", but more about restoring youthful vitality to the face which is why in some patients volume must be added with Fat Transplants to give them the results they seek.
The fat is harvested from one's own abdominal or thigh area. It's a relatively small amount of fat compared to body liposuction so there won't be any change in the donor site. A successful transplant usually results in only about 30% of the fat surviving so there will initially be an overcorrection to allow for this amount of loss. The fat is used to fill in contours of the face and is not for fine lines. It works especially well for the cheek area. The important thing to remember is that aging results in loss of volume and fat transplants restore that volume.
How long is the recovery time?
It varies for each individual, but most patients return to normal function within a week.
How noticeable is a mini-lift?
Results vary, but a Mini-lift can dramatically improve your look while maintaining your natural appearance.
How much does a mini-lift cost?
A Mini-lift can be done without general anesthesia and can cost much less than more extensive procedures. Promoting healthy, positive self-image is the most satisfying part of what we do. Our goal is to honor the gifts that nature has granted, restoring and highlighting each person's unique beauty. That's what makes a success.
Along with my experienced team of certified nurses, technicians and nurse anesthetists, we are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards. We offer the most advanced surgical options and latest non-surgical facial rejuvenation services in a private and comfortable spa-like setting.
Visit us and discover ways to restore your natural beauty. We offer special pricing on the newest products and procedures for facial rejuvenation:
Restore volume to your face with a "liquid lift" with Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvederm® or Perlane®
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