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Mini Face Lift

A mini facelift is an effective option for some of the Toronto women and men who visit Visage Clinic for facial rejuvenation. This modified facelift technique involves shorter incisions to rejuvenate specific areas of the face with a faster recovery. Dr. Marc DuPéré specializes in facial aesthetic procedures and uses advanced techniques to create long-lasting results that look natural.

If you think a mini face lift can provide the aesthetic changes you want, request a consultation with Dr. DuPéré by using our online form, or call Visage Clinic at (416) 929-9800 to schedule an appointment.

Who is a Good Mini Facelift Candidate?

It's natural for patients to want a procedure that is less invasive and requires a shorter recovery, but it's not right for everyone. Dr. DuPéré's assessment of your anatomy and your skin's tone and texture — along with your cosmetic goals — are key factors in determining whether a mini facelift can provide the desired results.

Here are 3 indications that you're likely a good candidate:

  • You're in your 40s or 50s with minimal to moderate excess skin.
  • The skin and muscle in your neck remain relatively smooth and tight.
  • Your primary concern is the lack of definition along your jaw.

The techniques involved in performing a mini facelift can produce lasting results, but it's important that patients understand the procedure's limitations. When Dr. DuPéré believes a mini facelift will not be able to get the desired result, he may recommend a more extensive procedure, such as a SMAS (muscle and fascial layer) lift, to address more severe age-related sagging.

Dr. DuPéré's Mini Face Lift Techniques

The term "mini facelift" can be confusing as it has been used differently by various facial plastic surgeons, but all agree that a mini facelift uses limited incisions and minimal undermining (i.e., skin detachment) to minimize bruising and swelling following the procedure. In the mini facelift, the anterior part of the neck is not operated on but lifted strictly from the back. One such technique is the "skin-only" short-scar facelift where the incision is around the ear (i.e., in front and back of the ear), but not extending into the hair, with minimal skin detachment. Dr. DuPéré also performs another technique called a MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) lift. To perform the MACS lift, Dr. DuPéré makes a small incision in front of the ear and into the temporal scalp. In a more extensive facelift, the anterior neck is also opened and the muscle repaired, the under-chin area is defatted and often a chin implant is added to complete the facial harmony. In such cases, the SMAS is lifted both vertically and obliquely, and the incision would extend behind the ear, which is necessary for greater access to the tissue and muscle supporting the skin; this is the more classic facelift.

Using the MACS lift, Dr. DuPéré can still lift and reposition part of the SMAS layer in a vertical fashion, reducing the appearance of jowls and wrinkling in the midface. As with other facelifts performed by Dr. DuPéré, he strives for a natural look without creating too much tension on the skin when he closes the incision.

There are several benefits to many mini facelift techniques:

  • Using a local anesthetic and sedation (rather than general anesthesia)
  • Shorter operation
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Shorter incisions

VISAGE means "face" in French. Dr. DuPéré is a facial plastic surgery specialist who takes pride in customizing procedures based on a patient's specific needs. Having trained under 2 of the world's leading authorities on facial plastic surgery — Dr. Daniel Marchac in Paris, France; and Dr. Bruce Connell in Los Angeles, California — Dr. DuPéré's ability to produce personalized results is exceptional.

Combining Procedures

Combining a mini facelift with other surgical or nonsurgical procedures can produce the type of comprehensive rejuvenation that most patients want.

For younger patients who are good candidates for a mini facelift, combining the procedure with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures often makes sense. Injectable fillers and wrinkle-reducing treatments can enhance the results of a mini facelift by replenishing lost facial volume and smoothing fine lines around the eyes and forehead.

Recovering After a Mini Face Lift

A mini facelift is an outpatient procedure, and the recovery is typically shorter and more comfortable than what patients experience following a full facelift. Because the mini facelift consists mostly of minimal manipulation of the underlying tissue and muscle and a shorter incision, there is often little or no bruising.

Swelling is a common side effect, but resolves on its own with a few days. Dr. DuPéré often uses internal stitches — but when he does use external sutures, they can be removed 7 days after the procedure.

If Dr. DuPéré places small drains at the incision sites, he removes them within a day or 2 of the operation. Dr. DuPéré provides every patient with detailed recovery instructions that can help enhance the healing process and make the recovery as comfortable as possible. Additionally, his blog post on facelift recovery offers some useful tips.

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