WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT A MINI-FACELIFT?
Partial? Mini? Light? A facelift is a standardised procedure that have rejuvenating benefits on the face. “Although it can be performed under local anaesthesia (with neuroleptanalgesia), the facelift remains a surgical procedure, with risks of complications,” recalls Dr. Bernard Hayot but it is true that the facelift has evolved. Before, it was an important surgery, nowadays, we make the lifting in certain areas of the face, on younger patients, from 45/50 years old, who have more elasticity in their skin and a faster recovery.
MINI-LIFTING, A REAL TREND?
Injections, peels, fractional laser or radiofrequency … The boom of aesthetic medical procedures has changed the use of the cosmetic surgery and the needs of the patients. It is important to understand the difference between the medical and surgical procedures which can complete each other and offer very natural results. While the aesthetic medicine treats fines lines, wrinkles, loss of volume caused by ageing, only surgery is able to correct the sagging skin or loss of elasticity of certain muscles of the face (like the Malar Pocket).
” I would associate a mini-facelift with aesthetic medicine injections or Micro Fat-Transfer to create a harmonious balance between the upper and lower third of the face” adds Dr Bernard Hayot.
IS IT THE END OF THE FULL FACELIFT?
“In the 90’s, we saw so many celebrities going under the scalpel and had as a result an overdone look. At the time, they wanted this aesthetic appearance and I truly believe this time is “outdated” shares Dr Bernard Hayot.
Thanks to the research of Dr Sydney Coleman, we understand that ageing is a loss of fat in the face which allows us to treat patients in a different way. Instead of pulling out the skin for a rejuvenated appearance, patients are now looking for results that restore their youth without anyone noticing they had cosmetic surgery.
THE BENEFITS OF A MiNI- LIFTING
The procedure is shorter than a full facelift, which mean that the time of anesthesia is reduced. The skin detachment is minimal which limits edema, hematoma and facial paralysis. There are no visible scars; the incisions are traced around or in front of your ear and no cut is made in the hair line.
The post-operative period is often shorter; from seven to ten days according to individuals. Finally, the result of the surgery will not transform or modify the patient face shape or appearance. They will look a younger version of themselves.
DIFFERENT MINI-LIFTING AREA
The frontal lifting
This type of lifting treats the entire forehead and the eyebrows that are falling. Since the arrival of anti-wrinkles injections, we rarely practice the surgery. Anti-wrinkles injections offers incredible natural results on the forehead and we haven’t finished discovering new techniques using this product in aesthetic medicine.
The temporal lifting
This technique called “the mannequin clamp” is usually used to raise the tail of the eyebrow and reduces small excess skin of the upper eyelid.
“I personally have never used this technique as it will make the patient’s eyes look hollow when cutting the skin excess. I would advise an upper eyelid surgery with Fat Transfer” says Dr Bernard Hayot
The facial facelift
It consists of repositioning the collapsed tissues of the cheeks, which restore the jowl and reduce the nasolabial folds, with a scar placed in front of the ears.
This procedure is less and less performed nowadays because of the use of fillers which help restore the lost volume in the middle part of the face.
The cervico-facial lift
It is the most commonly performed facelift, usually for patients from the fifties. It lifts both the neck area and redraws the shape of the face. The procedure lasts 1 to 2 hours with a very short downtime of 7 to 10 days depending on the individual.
The cervical lift
It treats only the neck, with a hidden scar behind the ear. “It is difficult to consider this surgery on it own, except for patients who already had a facelift, because when you need a neck lift, you often need to tighten the jawbone area,” says Dr Bernard Hayot.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR FIRST CONSULTATION?
During the first consultation, the patient shows the area of concerns, the surgeon explains the type of intervention he can perform, the potential result (by showing results of similar surgeries the surgeon has performed), the type of anaesthesia: general or local, what to expect the day of the surgery (outpatient-entry in the morning and out the evening after a few hours of post-surgery surveillance – or, more rarely, one night of hospitalization), follow-up care & appointments (dressings, removal of threads 8 to 12 days later, place and length of scars, pains, bruises, edema.. .) and the downtime, social activities as well as sport or hammam restrictions.
The surgeon must also inform you of the risks, transient hair loss, sensory disorders, hematoma, infection and necrosis (rare), paralysis (extremely rare). You leave with the detailed quotation and a consent form that you will give back signed on the day of the surgery. The date of the surgery can be fixed on your first consultation, but you have a 15 day period to thinking about it and cancel at any time without any cancellation fee.