In essence, these are all the various names of the same procedure with subtle variations in technique.
Generally, the Mini Facelift is the treatment of choice for anyone contemplating a noticeable facial rejuvenation procedure with visibly significant and longer lasting results.
The procedure is designed for patients who have started to notice jowls and sagging of the face and neck and as such, seek a solution more substantial than dermal fillers, non-surgical skin tightening and thread lift techniques.
Unless desired, these patients do not need a more extensive Full Face Lift, which requires General Anesthesia.
The Mini Facelift is a minimally invasive procedure which involves less undermining of the skin than the traditional facelift and less exposure of the deep Facial Nerve and Facial Artery branches (Deep Plane Face Lift).
Short incisions characterise the procedure with limited skin undermining and suture suspension of the deeper tissue (SMAS) of the face — which lies under the facial skin and envelops deep facial structures such as muscles, arteries, nerves and ligaments.
The benefit of the Mini Facelift is lesser tissue trauma. Risk of injury to facial neuro-vascular structures is highly unlikely, making the Mini Facelift safer than Deep-Plane Facelift.
At Medisculpt™, the procedure is routinely performed under local anaesthesia as a day procedure in the chair. Our patients choose us because they do not want deep IV sedation or General Anesthesia.
The incisions for a Mini Facelift begin in the temporal hair area and are extended downward in a natural crease in the skin, behind the tragus of the ear and then around the ear to the back of the earlobe. For patients with additional skin laxity, our doctors will sometimes extend the incision further upwards behind the ear to smoothen out the skin contours and restore a natural look.
On average, this procedure takes around 2 hours.
We routinely perform this procedure under safe doses of local anaesthesia while the patient is conscious. Our patients tolerate the whole experience of being awake during the surgery exceptionally well as there is little to no discomfort associated with this technique.
We also offer this procedure under Twilight Sedation at an accredited day hospital in Subiaco, in case the patient prefers to be asleep during the surgery. (Additional costs are associated with this option.)
Once the treatment area has been numbed, you will be unable to feel any pain. At Medisculpt™ we make every effort to ensure that every procedure we perform entails minimal pain or discomfort.
Patients can go home straight after the surgery and do not require prolonged post-surgical hospital admission or monitoring.
When a procedure is performed under local anesthesia, there are no residual side effects, which can often be associated with deep IV sedation or general anesthesia.
The incision scars lie within the natural crease just in front of the ears and are barely noticeable once the sutures are removed. The hair in this area easily conceals them, and the scars begin to fade quickly within a few weeks.
At Medisculpt™, we have the most extensive range of Fractional CO2 Lasers to help reduce any scarring, whether related to a surgery or trauma.
Most patients can return to office-based work within 5 to 10 days. We recommend at least two weeks off if your work involves heavy physical activity, travelling or dealing directly with the public. A Medical Certificate can be organised, which will not mention the name of your procedure.
Light activity is suitable after 72 hours, while light exercise is usually acceptable after two weeks provided recovery is going well.
Like any surgical procedure, the Mini Face Lift comes with possible risks and complications that include, but are not limited to:
These risks and complications may include:
In any case, all surgical procedures carried out under General Anaesthesia or Twilight Sedation should only be performed in an accredited hospital under the supervision of a qualified anaesthetist.
Very high quantities of local anesthesia are known to cause systemic toxicity which can result in cardiovascular compromise.
At Medisculpt, all procedures carried out under local anaesthesia are done using a minimal amount of local anaesthetic agent to ensure patient safety.
To be considered suitable for undergoing any elective cosmetic procedure, you have to:
People unfit to undergo this procedure are:
We recommend that you do all your grocery shopping before surgery and restock your fridge and pantry with healthy food. We also recommend that you organise for someone to give you a lift back home as driving is not recommended for the first few days after the surgery. You should also consider arranging for a family member or friend to stay with you for the first few days after your surgery.
Additionally, ensure that you avoid blood-thinning medication such as Nurofen, Aspirin, Heparin and Warfarin. Please discuss this with your General Practitioner in detail and make sure you are aware of any side effects of your current medication.
Herbal medication and nutritional supplements such as St John’s Wart, garlic, ginger, ginseng, fish oil, and homeopathic or herbal tonics should also be ceased for at least two weeks before your surgery. These substances are known for their potential to thin blood and as such, may cause excessive bleeding during and after the surgery.
It is imperative that you follow the pre-surgical instructions given to you by our staff. Alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking are two primary culprits when it comes to increasing potential risks associated with any surgery. Please avoid these harmful agents for at least two weeks (or more) before your surgery.
Consumption of alcohol and cigarettes:
In clinical practice, we have found that a herbal substance called Arnica is helpful in reducing bleeding during or after the surgery. It also aids healing and minimises bruising. This naturally occurring herb is available in the form of oral supplements and is found in most health food stores and pharmacies in Australia.
Above all, a healthy lifestyle, good sleep and a balanced nutritional diet after surgery are essential factors for optimum healing.
A cooling-off period of 2 weeks is required after your initial consultation to give you ample time to thoroughly evaluate the risks and benefits of your chosen elective cosmetic surgery.
At Medisculpt™ we want all our patients to feel completely confident in making their decision.
Many Australians travel overseas for cosmetic surgery and dental work as the cost of having these procedures done in Australia are out of their budget.
At Medisculpt™, we offer minimally invasive surgeries under local anaesthesia in safe doses. This means our patients don't have to pay high hospital and anaesthetist fees often associated with these surgeries. We also offer a free follow-up after each surgery which grants our patients with peace of mind.
Simply put, many Australians can now have the privilege of having these surgeries here at home, with very competitive pricing and lesser risk than travelling overseas.
Pricing starts from $8,000 with all costs inclusive.
In order to book your obligation free appointment, please call us on (08) 9380 6438 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks Associated with Overseas Procedures
Mini Face Lift and Upper Blepharoplasty
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