Facelifts: "Mini-Lifts" Offer New Options, Quicker Recovery

New York, NY (May 03, 2001) — "Having a facelift doesn’t have to mean weeks of recovery – not anymore," says plastic surgeon Daniel Morello, MD, of White Plains, NY. According to Dr. Morello, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), terms such as "mini-lift," "weekend facelift" and "minimal incision facelift" can mean different things to different people, but the basic idea is the same: less invasive procedures, quicker and easier recovery, and a natural-looking result. Plastic surgeons attending the ASAPS Annual Meeting, May 3-9, in New York, are sharing their clinical experience with innovative variations on the traditional facelift.

"Mini-lifts and other modified facelift procedures are perfect for patients in their 30s and 40s who have good quality skin and early signs of aging, particularly in the jowl and neck areas," says Dr. Morello. "But we also are finding that certain modified, or short-scar, techniques work very well for older patients with more significant facial sagging who want less extensive surgery."

In one version of the "weekend facelift," the plastic surgeon makes a small, hidden incision in the natural fold of the chin. Lipoplasty (liposuction) and muscle repair are used to improve the appearance of a fatty neck and jowls. "The weekend facelift is basically a neck procedure that does not affect nasolabial folds or the middle third of the face," says plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD, of La Jolla, Calif., who presents information focusing on the limitations of this technique at the ASAPS meeting.

But the advantage of the current mini-lifts is precisely that they target the particular areas of the face that need improvement. "Some patients need work done on their necks, others need frown lines erased or vertical lifting of their central face," says Dr. Morello. "A plastic surgeon can utilize any of a number of techniques. It all depends on the particular patient’s needs and expectations."

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