A traditional facelift or forehead lift is the most encompassing of the facial plastic surgery procedures available. It addresses the sagging mid-face, jowls, and neck. A limited incision or mini facelift surgery allows for correction of mild to moderate signs of aging through an incision that is much less extensive or invasive. This incision is often limited to the front of the ear and to a lesser extent behind the ear. A mini facelift helps elevate the sagging face and refinement of the jaw, but is not as comprehensive for improving the aging neck.
Facelift procedures can be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as eyelid tucks to rejuvenate aging eyes, and brow lifts to correct a sagging brow.
Recovery:Healing time is highly variable, but most patients’ experience moderate swelling and some bruising that can persist up to 2 weeks. Sutures are usually removed within the first week after surgery. It is best to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 2-3 weeks after surgery to minimize the chances of bleeding. It often takes several months for swelling to fully resolve, and 6 months or longer for the incision scars do fade.
After your consultation with your local plastic surgeon in Seattle WA you should have a clear understanding of the different treatment options for improving the appearance of your face and neck as well as any other areas such as your forehead and eyes. The selection of a specific procedure will be determined by your physical examination and expectations.