What is a Minimal Incision Facelift?
A minimal incision facelift is a procedure that, as it sounds, obtains a lift of the face with a small incision. The incision can be made in the shape of an S, or may be extended behind the ear for a distance, or may only be behind the ear.
A minimal incision facelift, also called the S-lift, is described by the shape of the incision made if this procedure were to be performed on the right side of the face. It makes a dramatic change in the way you look by tightening sagging muscle and skin of the cheeks, chin, and neck. It is a quicker operation than traditional facelift with a faster recovery.
The surgery is best suited for patients under the age of 50 who possess good skin tone, but the procedure can be used on almost any patient. Recovery is typically under a week, though the final result may take several weeks.
We have presented our technique of S-lifting at national meetings and are frequently called upon to teach this technique.
The procedure, in general, is painless, especially with the medications that we prescribe. Sutures are removed approximately five days following surgery, and work may resume before one week.