A mini facelift is similar to a full facelift but corrects minor problems, requires less recovery time and only leaves scarring behind the ears and along the hairline. A mini facelift repositions the skin to reduce skin blemishes and wrinkles in order to give a more youthful appearance.
What does the operation involve?
A mini facelift operation is often carried out under local anesthetic. Small incisions are made in the temple and in front or behind the ears through which excess fat is removed and muscles are tightened with permanent stitches.
What to expect post surgery?
Specialist post–op care:
> Polyfax antiseptic ointment to be applied to the scars in the scalp and in front and behind the ear twice a day for about 2 weeks.
> Ice compress for the 2 days whilst in hospital.
> Sleep with head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first 2 weeks and avoid bending the head down.
> TED stockings to be worn for 2 weeks.
> No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for about the first 2 weeks.
> Moisturise all scars for at least 3 months.
> Avoid direct sunlight for the first 3 months.
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What are the risks?
Common side effects:
> Bruising, swelling and temporary numbness will occur.
> Headaches in the days following surgery.
Uncommon but potential complications:
As with any operation problems may arise with an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding, blood clots or infection. Complications can occur during or after the procedure.
Further risks specifically related to facelift surgery include:
> Hair loss around scars.