Facelifts are performed to address signs of aging on the face, including wrinkles and changes to the overall texture of the skin. The face is one of the first areas on the body to show the signs of aging. Facial laxity occurs due to a variety of factors including loss of collagen, elasticity, and underlying volume loss. Dr. Michael Somenek provides a variation of the standard facelift technique called the mini facelift for Washington DC patients.
Dr. Somenek is highly skilled when it comes to facelifts and is double-board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has studied under world-renowned facial plastic surgeons and was named the top facial plastic surgeon in the eastern United States by Aesthetic Everything.
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, involves smoothing out and removing excess skin. During this process, the tissues are also repositioned to restore volume which creates a firmer and more youthful appearance to the face.
What is a mini facelift?
Dr. Somenek has created a mini facelift for those patients that are looking to address minor skin laxity and jowling along the jawline. It is a procedure that has smaller incisions and less skin elevation than a standard facelift. This has been referred to by some as a weekend facelift or an extended weekend facelift. The incision is designed to be concealed in the natural skin creases around the earlobe. Because of smaller incisions and a reduced amount of skin elevation, the downtime, swelling, and bruising are less than a standard facelift.
A Mini Facelift addresses:
Excess skin along the jawline
Repositions sagging skin in the lower face
Why choose a mini facelift?
If you are concerned with the aging changes along the jawline including the jowls and loose skin in this area, a mini facelift in DC might be an appropriate procedure for you. Factors that also contribute to these changes include environmental factors, chronic stress and disease, genetics, smoking, and excessive weight gains and losses. These can all be addressed during the mini facelift that Dr. Somenek performs in his private state of the art surgery center.
What specific issues can a mini facelift address?
Mini facelifts are most appropriate for someone with early signs of aging. These can include mild jowls and laxity along the jawline that are contributing to an aged appearance. During the consultation, Dr. Somenek does a thorough assessment of the amount of skin laxity to determine if this is the best procedure for you. If you have an excessive amount of skin or very visible platysmal banding(neck bands), you are probably not an appropriate candidate for a mini facelift. In this case, a facelift may be more appropriate for you to address the neck as well as the lower face.
What should I expect during a mini facelift?
Dr. Somenek performs his mini facelifts in his state-of-the-art Washington DC surgical facility. Prior to performing the procedure, the face and neck structures are carefully assessed to address all areas of concern. The mini facelift involves smaller incisions and minimal skin elevation which decreases the overall amount of downtime associated with the procedure. The mini facelift is performed on an outpatient basis and you go home shortly after the procedure. Dr. Somenek routinely performs these under local anesthesia which patients tolerate extremely well. We also offer higher levels of anesthesia in our Washington DC surgical facility.
What is the downtime associated with a mini facelift?
The downtime is about 5 days with minor swelling and bruising possible. Dr. Somenek encourages a minimized activity level for the first 5 days to mini facelift recovery ensure optimal healing. Discomfort is minimal but pain medication is offered if needed. Sutures are removed around a week after the procedure where you can immediately see a noticeable improvement to the jawline and jowls. Dr. Somenek recommends a few things post-procedure to optimize the appearance of the scars including a silicone scar gel and optional LED treatments to treat the redness associated with the incisions.
How much does a mini facelift cost?
The price of this procedure varies. Determining mini facelift cost involves factoring in the type of anesthesia used, the amount of time the procedure takes to perform, and many other aspects of the surgery.
Ask if a Mini Facelift is Right for You
Patients who are interested in a mini facelift in Washington DC should take the first step: arranging a consultation. If you have further questions regarding the facelift procedure, please call or contact the office of Dr. Michael Somenek today to schedule your initial consultation.