Posted on: 25 August 2018
As you age, gravity pulls your cheeks, jowls, chin, and neck down. The results can be as bad as a "turkey waddle", "bulldog neck", and "boxer [dog] cheeks", which makes many people want to cry. Thankfully, there is a cosmetic procedure known as the "mini-facelift", or "mini-lift". If you are somewhere between forty and seventy, this procedure can really turn back the clock on your face and neck. Here's how:
Lipo of the Chin and Jowls
Fat likes to sink and collect in these areas of your face as you get older. When the plastic surgeon makes small incisions near your ears, he/she can pass a small, fat-sucking canula through these incisions to loosen and suck out chin and jowl fat. The liposuction has to be done first so that when the lower facial muscles are pulled up and tightened, you get that really nice definition to your jawline that you want.
Muscle Lift and Tuck
Next, the surgeon locates the face and neck muscles that are drooping. He/she tests these muscles by gently pulling them upward. If there is a change in facial definition that is aesthetically pleasing, the surgeon will suture the muscles in place behind your ears and trim any extra muscle that results from the lifting. When all of the face and neck muscles have been tightened/lifted and sutured in place, the surgeon closes the incisions behind your ears.
Less Recovery Time and Fewer Risks
There are many risks with a full facelift because the surgeon has to separate most of the flesh of your face from the skull and pull it up. While cosmetic surgeons are always very careful, the growth and placement of the nerves in each individual person's face are different; accidental damage to these nerves during a full facelift is always a risk.
However, with a mini-facelift, the flesh is not separated. It is merely pulled and stitched into place, with enough liposuction to smooth the contours of your face. It has fewer risks in regards to nerve damage, no real visible scarring, and far less bruising and swelling after the procedure. Better still, the fat taken from your chin and jowls can actually be injected into the wrinkles in the upper half of your face. Your own fat is less likely to be rejected or cause inflammation and infection, and it is the perfect filler for wrinkles near your eyes and in your forehead.Share