What Is A Mini Facelift?
A mini facelift is designed to lift the jowls and tighten loose skin in the neck. A mini facelift is known by many names: La Jolla Lift, Lunchtime Lift, Quick Lift, Weekend Lift, Easy Lift and the now defunct, but previously nationally known Lifestyle Lift. Regardless of the trademarked name mini facelifts rely and similar basic principals.
The best candidates for mini facelifts have mild to moderate jowls and other early signs of facial aging. Minilift surgeries have many similarities to Dr. Kolstad’s full lower facelift procedures but have important distinctions as well.
The incisions for a mini facelift and a full lower facelift are the same. Both procedures also lift loose facial and neck skin equally well. The most important difference between a mini facelift and a full lower facelift has to do with the muscle layer underneath the skin.
The muscle layer of the face is typically referred to as the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system). As the facial skin loses elasticity and begins to sag similar changes are occurring to the SMAS. Very heavy jowls are almost always due to sagging of the SMAS.
Dr. Kolstad’s mini facelift tightens, lifts and redrapes the SMAS layer. The SMAS is lifted in a very safe and noninvasive way to tighten a sagging jowl. A small amount of SMAS dissection lessens the downtime of a facelift and speeds the recovery. Extensive SMAS is not indicated for mild jowling and only lengthens the period of recovery as well as the duration of surgery and time under anesthesia.