A mini facelift, as performed by Dr. Westreich, is essentially a milder version of our New York facelift surgery. The intention of the procedure is to give the patient a younger, tighter, and refreshed look.
Using similar techniques to a standard face lift surgery, Dr. Westreich will target unsightly sagging that is concentrated around your cheeks, jawline, and forehead. Such sagging can take a significant toll on your overall appearance, and can make you look aged, tired, and stressed. Because the mini facelift in New York is less invasive and requires less downtime than the traditional face lift, the mini facelift is often referred to as a “weekend facelift.” You will have years wiped off your face in a few days.
Mini Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift in New York City
|Mini Face lift||Traditional Face lift|
|Average Candidate Age Range||The majority of candidates are between 40-50 years old||Candidates can range from anywhere between 40 and 70+ years of age|
|Surgery Time(varies on patient-to-patient basis)||Approx. 1-2 hours||Approx. 3-4 hours|
|Anesthesia?||Local only, awake, no sedation necessary||Local only, awake, no sedation necessary|
|Recovery Period||Patients only need to take about 3-5 days off work/their daily routine; Swelling should largely subside within 4-7 days; Full recovery occurs between 2-3 weeks||Patients are advised to plan to take off about 7-10 days from work/daily routine; Swelling can last up to two weeks; Full Recovery by 4 Weeks|
|Results||Visible results for up to 5-7 years, depending on upkeep and particular skin quality||Visible results for 10 + years, depending on upkeep and particular skin quality|
The Ideal Candidates for a Mini Facelift in New York
The procedure can make a patient look up to 5-10+ years younger, rejuvenating both the way you look and the way you feel. If anti-aging dermatological procedures are also part of your rejuvenation strategy, a mini facelift would fall somewhere between injectable fillers like Botox and Restylane and the more invasive, traditional facelift. The mini facelift involves shorter incisions, less anesthesia, and fewer risks. It is also a good option for patients who are wary of the implications of a more traditional surgery or who do not have as much time to devote to the recovery period.
Although Dr. Westreich is very attentive to reduce signs of residual scarring, a mini facelift offers less potential for such unsightly scarring. Because the incisions are smaller with a mini facelift, scarring is of less concern when seeking a mini facelift over a traditional facelift. As always, Dr. Westreich does his best to ensure that your results are natural and that there are no obvious signs of any work done by hiding the points of incision at certain angles and behind the hairline.
Also, a mini facelift is often a more affordable option for patients who want a smaller financial commitment; patients can save thousands of dollars by opting in for the mini facelift. The friendly staff at Dr. Westreich’s office is more than happy to assist you in setting up your consultation, surgery and post-operative follow-up appointments.
As expected, a mini facelift does not yield the same results as a full facelift. It is intended mainly for patients who have more moderate signs of aging and who are looking for a less intense procedure to soften facial wrinkling and lift sagging skin. Dr. Westreich often recommends the mini facelift to patients who show mild signs of aging and minor skin laxity. Moreover, because the mini facelift is a smaller-scale facelift, sagginess around the neck is not addressed as much in this type of procedure. If you are looking to tighten a moderate amount of loose skin below the jawline, Dr. Westreich's traditional NYC facelift surgery might be a better option to explore.
Mini Facelift with FaceTite
|Mini Facelift with FaceTite||Facelift Surgery|
|Minimally invasive treatment||Surgical procedure|
|No scarring||Minimal scarring|
|Results typically last about 5 years||Results typically last about 10 years|
|Minimal downtime, 3-7 days||About 10-14 days of downtime|
Dr. Westreich is at the forefront of technology and employs FaceTite by Invasix to perform a mini facelift to his patients. Various factors such as smoking, sun exposure, genetics, time, and gravity all take a toll on the neck and face. You could have facial and neck skin that looks much older than you feel inside, which can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. To restore a more youthful, fresh appearance, some choose to undergo our NYC facelift surgery, which is invasive and involves a significant period of recovery. Thankfully a non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment is now available: FaceTite. FaceTite is a treatment using a specific type of radiofrequency energy that can target specific areas of the face to tighten and restore skin.
A Minimally-Invasive Procedure for a Mini Facelift
FaceTite offers a minimally-invasive approach to improving the appearance of sagging facial skin. The entire procedure takes only 40 minutes at most, and involves no incisions. Many patients see results immediately, and as the days pass, with new collagen forming, the facial skin continues to improve in quality and firmness for three to eight weeks. FaceTite is an option to treat the skin in any area above the shoulders, and a recommended treatment for neck, brow, cheeks, eyes, forehead, mouth, jawline and jowls.
As FaceTite is a minimally-invasive procedure, recovery time is far shorter than with surgery. Patients can expect the treated area to be slightly tender and swollen for about five days. Most patients can return to work and their regular activities within seven to ten days.
Is FaceTite Safe?
FaceTite is one of the industry’s safest facial rejuvenating procedures. Without the need for incisions and other invasive techniques and the risks of potential complications and lengthy recovery times, many people have turned to this advanced treatment to restore and rejuvenate the face and neck. The radiofrequency technology used for FaceTite is the same as what is used in an MRI test, and these tests have been safely performed for years. The purpose of FaceTite is to treat the skin of the face and neck without causing cellular damage to the tissues.
Am I a Candidate for FaceTite?
If you have mild to moderate loose skin around the neck and face, and you do not want to undergo invasive surgery, FaceTite may be the perfect solution. Before having the procedure, a consultation with Dr. Westreich will ensure that you are a candidate for this treatment. In general, if you have any of the following, FaceTite could be the answer:
- Unhappy with the appearance of your facial skin
- Loose or saggy skin on neck and face
- Looking older than you feel
- Skin appears tired and has lost its youthful “glow”
FaceTite Consultation with Dr. Westreich
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your facial skin or feel that wrinkles, creases, lines, and sagging skin make you look older than you feel, we invite you to get in touch with us at our New York clinic and schedule a private consultation. This is your first step to achieving your aesthetic goals, and your opportunity to speak with Dr. Westreich about your hopes, expectations, and aesthetic goals, as well as get your questions answered about the FaceTite procedure. Dr. Westreich and the entire staff at New Face have made it a priority to help our patients feel comfortable. As a double board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Westreich possesses the high-level qualifications to give you full confidence that your treatment will be performed by a medical professional who is at the top in his field of practice.
What is involved in a facelift?
A facelift is meant to remove excess skin and lift the lower face and neck to combat unwanted signs of aging. The underlying muscles are tightened for greater support and longer lasting results. There are a few different techniques based on your specific concerns, including:
- Endoscopic facelift
- Deep plane facelift
- SMAS lift or extended SMAS lift
During a typical facelift, incisions are placed in discreet locations. The muscles of your face and neck will be lifted, tightened, and reattached. The skin is then re-draped and excess skin is trimmed away before the incisions are closed.
Other techniques like the endoscopic facelift only require tiny incisions and the adjustments are made using and endoscope and special tools.
Can my facelift be customized?
Absolutely. Not only will your facelift technique be carefully chosen according to your degree of aging and desired outcome, but the procedure can also be paired with other cosmetic procedures and non-surgical treatments to give you a youthful glow.
Because a facelift addresses the lower face and neck, the procedure is often paired with a brow lift or mid-face lift to address wrinkles or excess skin on the forehead or around the eyes. Skin rejuvenation treatments may also be performed to reduce discoloration, scarring, or other imperfections on the surface. Your New York facelift will be tailored to your needs to give you a fresh, natural-looking lift.
Where are the incisions placed?
Incisions are placed in discreet locations whenever possible. They are typically hidden in the natural contour of your ear or in the hairline. Occasionally another small incision is placed under the chin. Dr. Westreich uses advanced surgical techniques that rarely produce a noticeable scar.
The endoscopic technique is minimally-invasive and requires even smaller incisions. Tiny incisions can be placed above and behind your ear. It is also known as a “scarless” facelift because the incisions are easily hidden and virtually imperceptible.
How long does a facelift procedure take?
The time needed to complete a facelift is specific to each patient due to the individualized nature of the procedure. A standard facelift typically takes four to six hours to complete. During your consultation you will get an accurate prediction according to your customized treatment plan.
What are the benefits of getting a facelift?
A facelift provides a natural lift to the underlying facial structure. Removing excess skin, redefining the facial contours, and tightening the facial muscles can take years off your appearance.
Some people attempt to achieve the same look with non-surgical methods, but the results don’t typically last as long. Some fillers wear off in less than a year, but the results of a facelift can last for many years.
Facelifts are among the most common cosmetic procedures, and have a high degree of customization. Your New York facelift can be tailored to your specific areas of concern. The procedure can help you age gracefully and look as young as you feel inside.
Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
Almost anyone who experiences unwanted signs of aging on their face and neck can be a candidate. Some people can start to see unwanted signs of aging as early as their mid-thirties or forties. You may consider a facelift if you have:
- Sagging skin on your cheeks, neck, or jawline
- Jowls or other fatty deposits
- Drooping or sunken cheeks
- Wrinkles or fine lines
A facelift is usually well-tolerated and doesn’t require a long recovery time. Most adult men and women in good health can qualify.
How long does it take to recover?
Recovery will differ among patients. Your type of facelift and combined procedures will determine how long you need to recover. A facelift is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. It is recommended that you have someone to help you around the house for the first day or two.
Recovery is typically not as bad as patients think it will be. Any pain or discomfort can usually be alleviated with pain medication, and most side effects will subside within five to seven days. You can expect to return to work anywhere from five to ten days after your procedure depending on the techniques used. Dr. Westreich will provide detailed aftercare instructions and determine when it is appropriate to resume exercise and other strenuous activities.
What results can I expect?
After a few months your skin and muscles will settle into their final position. You will notice smooth skin and an elevated facial structure that makes you look years younger. You will likely look more alert and awake, and a defined jawline can even make you look thinner.
How long will my results last?
When performed by a skilled surgeon, your bright and youthful results can last five to ten years. Your genetics, lifestyle, and environment can impact your results.
How can I maintain my results?
Sun protection is vital to maintaining younger-looking skin. Apply sunscreen to your face and neck every day. Wear a wide-brimmed hat on days where you will be in the sun for an extended period.
Moisturizing your face and neck will maintain skin firmness and elasticity. Use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type every day and as needed in dry climates.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is also important. A healthy diet and plenty of water will keep your skin nourished and hydrated. Do not smoke, as smoking can speed up the aging process and lead to other health risks.
Laser skin resurfacing or other rejuvenating treatments can also help you maintain smooth and supple skin. New Face NY offers a variety of non-surgical treatments that can help you preserve the results of your facelift without going under the knife.
Are there limitations to what a facelift can achieve?
A facelift will not stop the aging process. It essentially turns back the clock, but your genetics and other factors will still cause you to age gradually over time. A facelift helps you age more gracefully by repositioning your facial muscles. However, Dr. Westreich performs facelifts in a way that looks natural and ages well.
Mini Facelift Consultation with Dr. Westreich, New York
Dr. Westreich is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon and, as one of the most highly-ranked doctors in the city, is more than qualified to perform your mini New York facelift. During your initial consultation appointment, he will evaluate your anatomy and will make an honest recommendation about which path to take. As with any procedure or surgery he performs, Dr. Westreich’s main concern is to make you feel confident and satisfied with your results. He will be there with you along every step of the way, and the office will be there to support you in the pre and post-operative periods. If you are considering either a mini or traditional facelift, contact our office to make an appointment at our New York City location.