With less-invasive facial plastic surgery procedures like mini-facelift, Dr. White can enhance specific areas of aging in the lower portion of the face with subtle, natural-looking results.
Jowls, excess skin, and creases around the mouth often develop as the skin, tissues and musculature of the face advance in age. Gravity, loss of skin elasticity, genetics, sun damage, and loss of facial volume can all contribute to these changes in your facial appearance. If you are noticing the effects of aging concentrated along the lower portion of your face, but are not yet ready for a full facelift, a mini facelift may provide the more specific degree of cosmetic enhancement you need.
Dr. Matthew White is highly skilled and experienced in all aspects of facial and reconstructive surgery and can determine the ideal approach for restoring a more youthful appearance with natural-looking results. For this reason, Dr. White is considered to be one of the top providers of the mini facelift New York has to offer.
Benefits of a Mini Facelift
This procedure offers mini facelift New York patients the option of addressing excess skin and muscular laxity affecting only the lower third of the face. For many patients, targeting this area can provide significant improvement to the overall appearance of the face and keep them looking younger for longer periods of time.
Benefits of a mini facelift include:
- Removal of excess skin
- Lifts and smooths sagging skin and tissue along the jawline and lower face (jowls)
- Tightens underlying facial musculature
- Reduces the appearance of folds and wrinkles framing the mouth and chin (nasolabial folds and marionette lines)
- Provide lift to the lower cheek
Every patient is different and Dr. White customizes each procedure to effectively improve areas of concern and provide maximum enhancement. This is why Dr. White is one of the best providers of the mini-facelift New York has to offer and why he is such a sought after surgeon.
Mini Facelift NYC Candidates
Ideal candidates for the mini facelift procedure are typically men and women in their 40s or early 50s showing key signs of facial aging in the lower third of the face. Jowls along the jawline, loose skin, wrinkles, and creasing below the cheek line and around the mouth can all potentially be addressed with a mini facelift.
During a consultation, Dr. White thoroughly examines all aspects of the face to determine if mini facelift is indeed the appropriate procedure for meeting your aesthetic needs.
Traditional VS Mini Facelift
Whether you undergo a traditional or a mini facelift will mainly depend on how extensive your signs of aging are. For example, if you want to remove a large amount of lax tissue around the neck and cheeks, and tighten skin throughout your entire face, a traditional facelift will likely be ideal, because it’s a more intensive procedure. However, if you want to address minor sagging skin around your cheeks, jawline and neck, but you don’t need to address the forehead or eye area, you may be able to achieve the results you desire with a mini-facelift.
When compared to the traditional approach, a mini facelift comes with a number of benefits that are appealing to many patients. The scars tend to be extremely minimal, and are easily concealed within your hairline and facial contours. There are also very few side effects associated with the mini facelift, and patients report considerably less swelling, bruising and post-operative pain when compared to the traditional approach. Also, because it’s a less intensive procedure, it can be performed relatively quickly and with local anesthesia, rather than the general anesthesia that is required with a traditional lift.
Mini Facelift Procedure
The mini facelift procedure can be performed under mild sedation and local anesthesia. Surgery may take about two hours to complete, depending on the degree of enhancement Dr. White is trying to achieve. After the anesthetic has taken effect, Dr. White makes a small incision along the front of the ear. Through this incision, he accesses, lifts, and secures lax tissue and musculature to a more elevated position. The skin is then smoothed upward and any excess is removed before carefully closing the incision.
This process is then repeated to create symmetrical results on the other side of the face. Every mini facelift procedure is custom-tailored to the unique needs and cosmetic goals of each patient and may be performed in combination with other procedures such as eyelid lift, BOTOXⓇ Cosmetic, or lip augmentation to provide more extensive rejuvenation.
The Importance of SMAS Lifting
When seeking your facelift surgeon, it’s important to select a surgeon with extensive experience performing SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) lifting, like Dr. White. With this approach, the surgeon tightens your skin and addresses the lax underlying muscles and tissues.
By correcting the aging structure beneath the surface of the skin, SMAS lifting enhances your facial contours in a long-lasting and natural way. Conversely, when a surgeon only lifts the skin during a mini facelift, and ignores the underlying tissues, the results tend to appear artificial.
The Recovery Process
Recovery after the mini facelift procedure is generally less intensive than a traditional facelift. After mini facelift surgery, most patients do not typically experience significant discomfort and pain is often easily managed with medication.
Swelling and bruising is common and generally resolves within seven to ten days after surgery. Dr. White recommends elevating the head during the first few days of recovery to aid in healing. Sutures are typically removed about one week after surgery.
It is very common for Dr. White to perform complementary procedures in conjunction with the mini facelift, because blending surgeries allows him to achieve the comprehensive transformation many of his patients are looking for. Although every treatment plan is unique, Dr. White tends to combine the following surgeries with the mini facelift:
Neck lift. If sagging skin and excess fatty deposits underneath the chin are contributing to an older appearance, you may need a neck lift to restore youthful definition to the area. In many cases, Dr. White can rejuvenate the neck through the same incisions used during the mini facelift.
Brow lift. When forehead creases, furrows between the eyebrows and a perpetually sad, tired or angry expression have developed, Dr. White may perform a brow lift along with the mini facelift to achieve a more refreshed and pleasant overall look.
Eyelid lift. If your eyes are displaying telltale signs of aging with wrinkles, heavy bags and crow’s feet, eyelid surgery may be recommended. When performed with a mini facelift, this procedure can restore a well-rested look that has the potential to take years off your appearance.
Contact Dr. W. Matthew White
If you are looking for one of the most experienced providers of the mini facelift NYC has to offer, look no further than Dr. Matthew White. For more information, please contact our office. Our friendly staff can answer any questions you may have and schedule your consultation with Dr. White.