This procedure imitates the old Hollywood trick of using transparent tape to make movie stars look younger for close-ups. By pulling skin upwards from the cheeks and jowls, facial contours can be firmed-up in people with moderate skin sagging.
The treatment takes place under local anaesthetic, and involves creating two small incisions: one at the hairline and the other 1-2 inches higher. Skin at the cheek area is loosened with a special instrument and pulled up. It is stitched upwards under tension. The small incisions are then closed with a few stitches hidden by the hair. To achieve the best results, the patient keeps a pressure dressing on the area for 2 weeks.
This procedure is well tolerated. Bruising and swelling are common but can be significantly reduced with ice-pack application and the use of Arnica a week before the treatment. The risk of infection risk is minimal and can be treated with antibiotics. Initial skin tethering is common, but this smoothes out once skin starts tightening -- usually within 2 weeks. The incisions heal during this time and the sutures are removed. The lifting effect lasts for up to a few years.
This procedure is not suitable for people with excessive skin sagging.
How much does a Mini Facelift cost?
As it uses only local anaesthetic, and requires no post-operative hospitalization, the cost of a Mini Facelift is significantly lower than a standard one, and is affordable by most people. To give you the best price estimate, we offer a free consultation in our London clinic, which you can schedule by filling in the contact form at the top of this page, or by giving us a call on 0207 099 2270. We are happy to answer your questions.
Mini-Face Lift Before and After Photos