A mini-facelift is a much lighter, less invasive surgery that produces a younger looking you (most people feel they look around 10 years younger), reversing the natural signs of ageing that commonly take place during your 40s and 50s.
The operation is performed around the mid-face and jawline and involves the removal of excessive skin (that has sagged during the natural ageing process). Operational scars are unnoticeable as they are hidden on anatomical creases and within the hairline.
The operation usually takes between 1 and 1.5 hours and is performed using local anaesthetic and sedation. A General Anaesthetic is not required for this procedure, however, Dr. Celikkaya may recommend an overnight stay in hospital if it is best for your recovery.
Post-operative recovery is relatively fast with bandages being removed in around 2 days and your normal day to day routine can be resumed within 7-10 working days.
Post-operative pain is rare and any discomfort is handled with simple painkillers. It is normal for there to be some bruising, but this is minor.
With a mini-facelift, incisions are much shorter (resulting in smaller scars) and rather than lifting the skin (the standard technique for a full face-lift) sub-dermal tissues are restored to their original position. In addition, stem-cell techniques can be used to restore elasticity (see stem-cell therapy for more information) resulting in a younger appearance without changing the patients’ natural expression.
As most natural sagging and loss of volume in the face occurs during the 40s and 50s, the mini-facelift is usually recommended for patients over 50 years of age.
The following guidelines apply for all types of surgery
Use of all blood thinners should be stopped (under guidance from Dr. Celikkaya)
Smoking should stop from the date of the operation until 10-14 days after the treatment. Any activities that will increase blood pressure should also be halted.
As with all surgical procedures, it is recommended to stop using blood thinners before the operation.
Smoking should be avoided for 10 to 14 days after the surgery as well as activities which might increase blood pressure for 5 to 7 days.
The Mini-Lift operation is not about creating a new face but rather restoring tissues that have deformed over time.
The results of the Mini-Lift operation are permanent. After the Mini-Lift surgery, ten years may be taken off the appearance, but the aging process continues as usual from then on.
Yes. Depending on the need of the patient, it can be performed together with other operations (eye lid, stem cell, nose surgeries, fat injections etc.).
Patients do not experience any pain after these surgeries but may encounter a sensation of pressure or tension. These feelings completely dissolve in a few days time.