Aside from the standard facelift, Dr. Kapoor also performs the mini facelift and the micro-lift, both of which involve deeper layer techniques involving the SMAS layer and bi-directional repositioning of the skin and SMAS layer. The choice of which procedure to perform will depend on patients goals and anatomy. After a consultation with Dr. Kapoor and his staff, we will be able to appropriately recommend a treatment plan.
For patients in their late 30’s to early 40’s, a mini facelift is an appropriate treatment that will address sagging of the cheek and along the jawline. This usually involves a small incision along the front of the ear, through which the cheek and sagging tissue are lifted. This procedure takes approximately 1 and a half hours and is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia if preferred.
For patients in their 40’s to early 50’s, a micro-lift will correct sagging of the cheek, the jawline and neck. This usually involves a small incision along the front of the ear that into groove behind the ear, through which the cheek, jawline and neck tissues are lifted. A micro-lift provides the same benefits of a full facelift, but with smaller incisions and shorter recovery period. This procedure takes approximately 3 hours and is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia if preferred.
Facelift surgery patients usually do not experience significant discomfort following surgery. Pain medication may be used, if required. Patients usually return to work within five or more days of the procedure. For the first few days after surgery, you will be directed to follow post operative instructions which may include, but not be limited to:
Facelift surgery, like any medical surgery, may result in a complication. While the risk of complications is very low, it is important to report any possible complications to our office and seek treatment. Some complications may be: infection, excessive bleeding, poor scarring, hair loss, elevated hairline, temporary or permanent numbness in select areas, eye irritation, the requirement of revision surgery. Most complications can be medically managed when treated in a timely fashion.
When you come in for an initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to view before and after photographs of mini facelift & micro-lift patients to compare the type of results you might expect to see. These photos will help set reasonable expectations for your procedure through a highly skilled board certified plastic surgeon that focuses on facelift surgery.