Question: I love the idea of a quick facelift and just read about the mini-facelift. I have the beginning of jowls, lumps of skin and fat on my lower jaw. I also have a lot of lose skin on my neck. Can both of these issues be addressed with the mini-facelift? What is the recovery time for this procedure?
Answer: A mini-lift can lift the jowls and get rid of laxity under the chin but it is not going to get rid of fullness or fatty tissue under the chin so you may also need liposuction in this area. This certainly can be performed at the same time as the mini-lift and in fact oftentimes these 2 procedures complement each other. These can both be performed under local anesthesia. After the procedure a pressure dressing is applied that you would wear overnight and then remove the next day. You would then be asked to wear an elastic sling to elevate the skin and soft tissue under the chin and I recommend patients wear this as much as possible for the first week. Stitches from the mini-lift are removed in 7 days. There really is minimal to no downtime from the actual liposuction. Overall downtime can be as little as a day if patients do not have any visible bruising from the procedure. Otherwise, patients can cover any visible bruising with makeup as long as they do not cover the actual incision in and around the ears, so many of my patients will return to work in literally 1 to 2 days. Otherwise, sutures will be removed in a week and cover makeup can actually then be applied across the incision as well. So overall for most patients downtime is minimal and yet the affects can be rather stunning.