Before & Afters
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Our doctors offer mini lift solutions for patients in Austin, TX. Our doctors personalize each facelift at The Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, to match the needs of the patient. The mini facelift, which is also referred to as a limited incision facelift, is a modern procedure that our surgeons may perform in place of the traditional facelift. For some patients, the surgeon can use this less invasive, technically advanced technique to lift and beautify the lower section of the face. Our surgeons have years of experience performing the mini facelift procedure. Therefore, patients receive outstanding results, including a minimal recovery period and limited, well-concealed incisions. The limited incision facelift is the answer that many individuals desire as they seek to achieve tighter, lifted skin with minimal scarring.
THE FACELIFT PROCEDURE
Our doctors create personalized facelifts to provide each patient with natural-looking results, preventing the traditional, windswept appearance that was common in the ’80s and ’90s. Our surgeons offer modern, proven techniques. These techniques provide patients with outstanding results and require very little recovery time. In addition, our surgeons use their experience and skill to place the incisions in areas where they can easily be camouflaged. For example, during a limited incision facelift, the anterior neck is not opened. The limited incision or mini facelift is an aesthetic procedure that beautifies the lower face, including the jaw line and the area running from the corner of the mouth to the upper ear.
Our surgeons adjust each facelift procedure to match the patient’s needs and desires. The surgeon may recommend the limited incision facelift or mini facelift to patients who want minimal scarring and a swift recovery. The surgeon creates all limited incision facelift incisions in the area around the ears and hairline. There is no need to create an incision on the anterior neck. As such, the post-surgical swelling and bruising remains in the lateral neck and around the ears. Therefore, patients who have medium to long hair can completely hide the sutures, swelling and bruising.
The limited incision facelift procedure is recommended for patients with limited neck banding and thin necks. Our surgeons tailor each procedure to match the patient’s needs. Even patients with moderate to severe jowling benefit from the limited incision facelift because even though the incision and dissection is limited, the Submuscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS) is being elevated as in a larger more invasive lift. However, patients with heavy faces and significant signs of aging achieve more substantial benefits if the SMAS is lifted and combined with anterior neck work, including neck liposuction with platysmaplasty. In either procedure, our surgeons utilize a “high SMAS” technique. With this technique, the SMAS is elevated in a completely superior vector and secured to deep tissue over the cheekbone, providing a more significant, secure and long-lasting result. During the consultation, our surgeon examines the patient. The surgeon then recommends the best facelift options for the patient’s skin type, needs and desires.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE
Facelift surgery is customized for each patient depending on the amount of sagging skin, muscle banding and deposits of fat. The limited incision facelift is usually performed in the office operating suite with light oral sedation, relaxing medication taken by mouth, and local, injectable, anesthesia. A hidden incision is then formed around the ears, exposing the Submuscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS), which is linked to the superficial platysma muscle that covers the lower face and neck. The SMAS is then incised using the high SMAS technique and then elevated off the deeper salivary gland to release the tissues, allowing maximal lift. The SMAS is then secured in a vertical direction to the deep fixed tissue layers. Once the layers are tightened, the surgeon removes just enough of the excess skin to allow the edges to lie together without creating tension. Beautiful skin with minimal, postoperative scars is achieved with the mini facelift. The mini facelift surgical dissection and recovery are limited, yet the procedure produces remarkable results as the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) is still undermined and tightened in this procedure.
LIMITED INCISION FACELIFT EXPECTATIONS
The limited incision or mini facelift refreshes and rejuvenates the lower face and involves only minimal scarring and a short recovery period. Additional cosmetic procedures are not required, but may help enhance the refreshed look the surgeon achieves with the mini facelift. During the consultation, our surgeon provides the patient with before and after photos to view. There are numerous photos available in our photo gallery.
The limited incision, mini facelift results will include the following:
- Elevated facial skin
- Reduced wrinkles
- Tightened and redefined jawline
- Lifted jowls
- Lifted neck skin
- Reduced neck banding and lines
- Tightened skin and removal of hanging skin from the lower face
FACELIFT SURGICAL RECOVERY
Recovery time after a mini facelift is short. A light dressing is worn on the first night after the surgery and replaced on post-op day one. The patient removes the dressing on day three at home and may then shower and wash the hair. The sutures are removed in approximately one week, and bruising is typically resolved in the first week as well. Many patients resume social activities within just three to four days after the surgery. Improvements to the incisions and a reduction in swelling will continue to be experienced daily. Residual swelling and some areas of minor firmness, which are noticeable upon close inspection, could be experienced but will improve significantly within a short period.
Our surgeons believe that a truly successful surgery requires having good rapport with the patient. The relationship between the surgeon and patient is established and maintained during the consultation and each subsequent visit. During your initial mini facelift consultation at The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, our patient care coordinator will introduce you to the practice and will explain the facelift process. One of our surgeons reviews your medical history. Following this review, the doctor listens to your desires and concerns. Our surgeon shares before and after photos that display former mini facelift patients who had similar goals and interests. After your consultation is complete, you will receive a written quote and treatment recommendations, along with an option to select a surgery date.
THE IDEAL LIMITED INCISION FACELIFT CANDIDATE
Ideal mini facelift candidates are in good mental and physical health and are nonsmokers with realistic and healthy surgical expectations. The procedure is best for individuals with minimal to moderate neck laxity, but without significant platysmal banding and thin necks. Jowling can be moderate in nature and the limited/mini facelift procedure is still indicated. Generally, younger patients undergo the mini facelift. Patients with more significant signs of aging typically benefit from a full or deep plane facelift. However, the ultimate decision is based more on facial anatomy than age, and a full range of ages may or may not be well suited. During the initial consultation, the doctor determines the patient’s candidacy for a limited incision facelift.
The cost of a mini facelift depends on the details of the procedure because each treatment is personalized to match the unique needs of the patient. The Buckingham Center’s surgeons and staff never pressure a patient into having a procedure. Furthermore, we work with each patient’s budget to accomplish his or her desired results when possible. Financing packages are available. At The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, we do our best to keep the limited incision facelift procedure affordable.
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Schedule Your Mini Lift Consultation in Austin Today
Our surgeons perform limited incision facelifts to provide each patient with the refreshed, more youthful-looking appearance they desire. To learn more about a mini facelift at The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, call 512-401-2500 to request a consultation.
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