At some point, signs of aging appear on the faces of men and women alike. Wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging can be upsetting, especially when people feel young inside. Other people may simply want to stay ahead of the aging game by addressing concerns as they arise. For these patients, a mini face lift in Chicago with Dr. Thomas Mustoe might be the best course of action.
If you'd like to discuss a mini face lift or other procedure with Dr. Mustoe, you may request a consultation online, or call our office at (312) 788-2560.
Dedicated to advancing the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Mustoe has developed several innovations for a better facelift and neck lift procedure and result. These include:
Dr. Thomas A. Mustoe recommends the mini face lift procedure for his patients who only need minor corrections to skin looseness and wrinkles. This option is popular with patients who want more advanced correction than can be provided by non-surgical options, but who don't feel they're ready for a full facelift. A mini lift can also be a useful "touch-up" procedure for patients who have previously undergone a full surgery. This option is best for correcting laxity around the cheeks and neck.
Mini face lifts can be complementary to less-invasive procedures, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or injectable fillers. Combining these procedures can create dramatic results. Due to the temporary nature of BOTOX and fillers, you can "test drive" your new look before committing to a full facelift in the future.
Men and women considering mini face lift surgery should be nonsmokers who are in generally good health. They should have realistic, specific goals for their desired outcomes, and their faces should show some age-related changes.
Dr. Mustoe performs mini face lifts as modified versions of lower facelifts. Typically, the neck and midface (cheeks) are lifted during a mini face lift. Because this is a shorter procedure than a standard facelift, incisions are limited to a small area behind the ears. Most patients find that their scars stay obscured, regardless of how they wear their hair.
During the procedure, Dr. Mustoe repositions the muscle and fatty tissue in the cheeks and refines the skin around the neck and jawline. For most patients, this results in a subtle, natural-looking change that can be enjoyed for years.
Mini face lifts are often performed under local anesthesia with sedation, though patients may request deeper sedation. If the mini face lift is performed at the same time as another procedure, such as eyelid surgery, Dr. Mustoe will use general anesthesia.
Most of Dr. Mustoe's mini face lift patients are able to return to work and other everyday activities within 1 week. Most full facelift patients require between 10 and 14 days for a complete recuperation. If you have additional questions about mini face lifts or standard facelifts, visit our Facelift FAQ page.
Though Dr. Mustoe uses surgical techniques to ensure that mini face lift results last as long as possible, the surgery does not stop the aging process. Over time, skin will begin to sag and lose firmness, and wrinkles may reappear. At this time, a patient may return for a full facelift or other cosmetic procedure. Dr. Mustoe can help determine which combination of procedures will best benefit a patient based on his or her own needs.
Dr. Mustoe's techniques minimize bruising, which is largely resolved within a week and fully resolved in 10 days for most patients. For the occasional patient who has more bruising or who desires an accelerated recovery, he now offers a state-of-the-art laser treatment which dramatically improves bruising with one brief treatment performed during a postoperative visit.