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Is a Mini Facelift Right for Me?

We all know that facelifts are designed to correct sagging facial tissue. However, did you know that there is more than one way to perform a facelift? Some varieties of this procedure include the standard facelift, neck lift, and mini facelift. Mini facelifts are becoming more popular as younger patients wish to correct mild facial sagging that cannot be treated using facial fillers. So, you may be wondering whether a mini facelift is right for you.

Facelift Before and After

Mini Facelift vs. Standard Facelift

A standard facelift is designed to correct facial sagging in the cheek and jawline areas. Patients with laxity in these areas usually have moderate to severe facial sagging. To provide the more extensive correction needed, an incision is created in the hairline at each temple that runs down along the ear. Sagging facial muscles and tissue are addressed.

The mini facelift, on the other hand, is ideal for patients with mild facial sagging. This is typically seen as laxity around the jaws and mouth caused by weakened facial muscles. A shorter incision allows the muscles along the jaw to be pulled tight. In many cases, excess skin can be removed.  

Benefits of the Mini Facelift

  • Smaller incisions result in limited scarring
  • Controlled correction of facial sagging
  • Improved definition along the jawline
  • Less facial swelling
  • Faster recovery

Am I a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

Candidates for the mini facelift are in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. They have loose skin or deep folds along the jawline. They require rejuvenation of the jawline and better definition in the neck. Mini facelift candidates are usually under 60 years of age.

A Mini Facelift and a Neck Lift

Patients seeking a mini facelift who have skin laxity along the neck may consider combining a neck lift with their mini facelift. A neck lift will tighten the platysma muscle of the neck and remove excess sagging skin. Combining these two procedures will create better definition between the jawline and neck as well as create a slimmer, more graceful neck appearance.

 
If you wish to correct aging, sagging skin, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Khoury today. Contact our office at (720) 475-8400 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.

Achieving Overall Facial Rejuvenation

Improving a specific area of the face is typically done because of a specific facial problem. All procedures are tailored to fit the individual patient’s needs and desires. For many, a single procedure designed for a target area of correction will provide the youthful facial enhancement they desire. However, patients with more extensive aging will more likely have multiple trouble areas. Instead of undergoing multiple procedures separately, you may benefit from combining facial treatments into a single sitting.

Benefits of Combining Procedures  

Saving Time

There is often a three to six week recovery period after most facial procedures. Patients who choose to undergo multiple procedures at different times will require multiple recovery periods. When you combine procedures, you only need to undergo this recovery period once, meaning you can take less time off work and less time away from activities. Due to the use of the laser in most of his procedures, the recovery time is reduced.

Saving Money

While there are some costs associated with combining your procedures, you can avoid the extensive costs of repeat anesthesia and facility fees. When combining procedures, you will only need to pay for the facility and anesthesia once rather than multiple fees each time you go for a new surgery.

Improved Results

If you have extensive facial aging, undergoing a single procedure at a time may affect how you feel about the quality of your results. Your facelift might not look as good as you wanted because you still have heavy, hooded eyes. Rejuvenating your whole facial appearance in one sitting can help you feel more satisfied with your results.

Possibly Combined Facial Procedures

Facelift

Facelift Before and After PhotosFacelift surgery is designed to correct excess sagging skin of the mid to lower face. Multiple facelift techniques are available depending on where drooping skin occurs and how extensive it is. Facelifts benefit patients who require firmer muscles and the removal of excess skin. However, it doesn’t provide any improvement to the upper face, brows, or eyelids.

Eyelid Lift

Eyelid Lift Before and After PhotosEyelid lift surgery is designed to correct heavy, drooping upper eyelids or puffy lower eyelids that may be contributing to a constantly fatigued or angry expression. Drooping eyelids are frequently caused by the weakening of the tissue that comprises the eyelids. Eyelid lift surgery (upper, lower, or both) removes excess eyelid tissue or fat pads under the eyes that can cause puffiness.  

Neck Lift

Neck Lift Before and After PhotosA neck lift can help create better definition between the neck and jawline as well as help restore a slimmer appearance. Many people fail to realize how significantly an undefined jawline and neck can age your appearance. The neck lift tightens the platysma muscle and removes excess skin to produce a slimmer, more toned appearance. Liposuction may also be used to provide better definition along the jawline and neck.

If you are looking to reverse signs of aging or enhance your facial appearance, schedule your consultation with Dr. Khoury today. Dr. Khoury is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery. His friendly and helpful staff is available to answer any and all of your questions. Please contact us at 720-475-8400 or fill out our online contact form here for additional information.

Don’t Neglect Your Neck

Your neck is a powerful bridge of vertebrae and muscles that holds up your head. When you raise your chin up and hold your head high, you might feel like you’re ready to conquer the world. However, if your neck skin is wrinkled and saggy, you may not feel much like holding your head high. Even if you do hold your head high, the appearance of your neck can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. The loss of a smooth, thin neck is caused by genetics, aging, gravity, stress, or even environmental conditions. Sagging jowls, jowl lines, a “turkey wattle,” and a double chin can all be corrected with neck lift surgery provided by expert plastic surgeon Dr. Edmon Khoury.

Neck Lift Before and After Photo

The Purpose of a Neck Lift

The purpose of a neck lift is to counteract those effects of aging, stress, and other factors that leave an individual with lax neck skin, neck wrinkles, or lines. This procedure can correct:

  • Sagging neck skin
  • A heavy or full neck
  • Excess neck skin and fat
  • Sagging jowls
  • Muscle banding (“turkey wattle” or “turkey neck”)

Standalone Procedure

Dr. Khoury can perform a standalone neck lift or a combination neck lift and facelift. Many patients experience neck-related cosmetic issues prior to changes in their faces. For example, while aging is a common cause of lax skin and wrinkles on both the face and neck, weight changes may cause loose neck skin without affecting the face. For patients who need correction for their necks only, a standalone neck lift may be the perfect solution. Patients will receive local anesthesia with some oral sedation to ease any potential anxiety during the procedure. The doctor will make minor incisions behind the ears and under the chin, following the natural creases of the skin to minimize the appearance of scarring. He will then reposition the underlying neck and jawline structures, eliminate muscle banding, tighten loose skin, remove excess skin, and create a more youthful neck shape and contour.

Combination Procedure

Most often, Dr. Khoury performs a combination neck lift and facelift procedure. Depending on the needs of the patient, a neck lift procedure can be combined with a facelift, brow lift, fat transfer, liposuction, dermal fillers, or eyelid lift. Because each patient’s anatomy is unique, the doctor will determine which procedure plan is best for you during your personal consultation with him. With the expertise of Dr. Khoury, your neck lift procedure will revitalize and restore your neck to a more youthful appearance. You’ll feel free to hold your chin up and your head high and face the world with confidence.

If you are experiencing any of the above neck issues, don’t neglect your neck. Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Edmon P. Khoury to find out how he can improve the appearance of your neck. You can reach us by filling out our online contact form or calling 720-475-8400. We look forward to helping you.

Facelift and Neck Lift FAQs

Common Questions About Facelifts and Neck Lifts

shutterstock_138449282As we age, the skin on the face and neck tends to lose collagen and elastin, which causes wrinkles and sagging skin to develop. While various factors like sun exposure, weight fluctuations, and the natural aging process greatly affect the severity of these conditions, most individuals begin to notice them in their 30s and 40s.

Aging in the face can produce the following:

  • Sagging skin in the midface
  • Wrinkles around the eyes
  • Nasolabial folds (creases around the nose and mouth)
  • Loss of definition along the jawline (jowls)

Aging in the neck can produce the following:

  • Double chin (excess fat deposits beneath the chin)
  • Vertical bands in the neck
  • Sagging skin in the neck

By eliminating the signs of aging in the face and neck, Dr. Edmon Khoury is able to restore a youthful appearance. Although he regularly performs traditional facelift and neck lift procedures that have proven effective for many years, Dr. Khoury also offers the innovative Smartlift™. As one of only five surgeons in the country who performs this method of facial rejuvenation, Dr. Khoury has refined this technique to give patients satisfying results without the added time needed for recovery from regular facelift and neck lift treatments.

If you’re considering a facial cosmetic procedure like a Smartlift™, facelift, or neck lift to restore a youthful appearance to your face, continue reading our FAQs for more information.

What is the estimated healing time for a Smartlift™?

Typical recovery time for a facelift is two to three weeks, but Dr. Khoury utilizes a laser in a unique way that allows him to perform a facelift almost bloodless. This accelerates healing and recovery time. Most of his patients can integrate back into public between five and seven days. Many have done it as soon as three days post-operatively.

How is this different from other facelifts?

Depending on what bothers the person and the physical signs, most patients need their lower face and/or neck addressed. Dr. Khoury performs the gold standard facelift that provides the best natural results and longevity. Utilizing the laser allows for an expedited recovery that is typically 10 to 14 days shorter than if  the same facelift were performed without the laser.

How is this laser different?

This is not one of the typical lasers that dermatologists or plastic surgeons use to resurface the skin, which are comparable to a chemical peel. The laser Dr. Khoury operates is used in an entirely different way. It allows him to perform the procedure without any bleeding, which translates to less downtime and a quicker recovery.

How long has Dr. Khoury been in practice?

Dr. Khoury has been in private practice since 2006. More importantly is the amount of experience he has in what he does. He exclusively performs facelift/neck lifts and cosmetic eyelid procedures. As a result, the number of cases he has done during his years in practice is more than most plastic surgeons perform in a lifetime. He has performed almost 3,000 facelifts and approximately 2,500 eyelid surgeries.

How will I feel under local anesthesia?

Most of Dr. Khoury’s facelifts are performed under a local anesthetic. Although this is done using the same anesthetic patients receive at a dental office, Dr. Khoury does also sedate patients mildly with an oral medication similar to Valium. This takes the edge off, and patients are very comfortable throughout the procedure. The worst part of the procedure is the numbing process, and most patients report that this is easier than what they experience at the dentist. Once numb, the patient will not feel any pain. Due to the sedative, most patients do not even remember the experience. Depending on medical history and the patient’s preference, Dr. Khoury can also perform surgery under IV sedation and general anesthetic.

What kind of discomfort can I expect?

This can vary but is not typically a painful ordeal. The worst of the discomfort is centered around neck tightness. The sensation of neck tightness remains for a while, but the most pain is the first night. For most patients, typical pain medication with an occasional muscle relaxer makes this a very tolerable experience. The majority of patients are off pain medications between 36 and 48 hours after the procedure. They may still require muscle relaxers (non-sedating ones) for a few more days from that point forward. If the neck is not addressed, the amount of discomfort is minimal.

When can I wear makeup?

You can start wearing makeup the day after your surgery, avoiding any suture lines. Be very gentle when applying makeup for the first two to three weeks post surgery.

When can I exercise or go back to physical activities?

You may return to exercise and physical activities two weeks after your procedure. Make sure you slowly get back into your routine, as you might feel more run-down the more active you get. Before skiing, golf, and swimming, we usually require three to four weeks of healing time. Since the procedure is performed under local anesthesia and due to the quick recovery facilitated by the laser, patients do rebound quickly. We do want people to be active as soon as possible, and it is usually okay to walk and do some restricted physical activity within the first week. Dr. Khoury will review this at your pre-op appointment.

To determine which cosmetic facial procedures you are best suited for, we encourage you to schedule a personalized consultation by calling (720) 475-8400 or by filling out our online contact form today. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edmon Khoury and his experienced staff look forward to seeing you soon!

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