Mini Facelifts



Beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder; but more importantly, in the eye of the beheld. In other words, beauty is really determined by how you feel about yourself. Beautify-Life Lift is a novel and non-conventional dual approach to improving facial esthetics and happiness by improving both your outer and inner facial beauty.

The Beautify-Life Lift improves facial aesthetic via an external and internal approach: First, the Beautify-Life Lift  maximizes your external desired facial beauty through an individualized approach that incorporates the full spectrum of face and neck-lifting techniques from the mini-facelift to a full facelift. Each individual receives personalized treatment based upon their physical diagnosis and their personal goals. In mild cases of facial aging, a more limited approach to the face and neck lift can be pursued. In more advanced cases, a full facelift approach may be needed in which most of the skin of the lower face and necks are lifted. Liposuction is often combined with the Beautify-Life Lift  to remove the extra fatty deposits under the chin and along the jaw line in the neck. Unlike other trademarked facelift procedures which attempt to use a single quick procedure to fix everything, the Beautify-Life Lift utilizes multiple face and neck lifting techniques to maximize your desired facial cosmetic surgery goal. Second, the internal approach of the Beautify-Life Lift  is to help you discover your true inner beauty and worth. Life is short and we all want to feel beautiful, attractive and loved. In order to enhance your inner beauty, all requesting patients will receive scientific based educational information regarding nutrition, physical fitness, relationships, and self-help. We believe that your ultimate goal of improved facial esthetics can be obtained through an individually tailored surgical procedure combined with an inner beauty educational program.

Q.What Causes Facial Aging?

Many factors cause the skin to wrinkle and sag; i.e., exposure to the sun or tobacco smoke, genetics as well as the natural aging process. Children and young adults have smooth, round faces due to fatty tissue that is evenly distributed throughout the contours of the face. As you age the skin sags and fits more loosely due to two processes: 1) loss of skin strength, quality, and elasticity and 2) deflation due to fat atrophy and facial bone atrophy. As the skin sags and the underlying facial skin support diminishes, facial skin folds become prominent, especially around the chin, the jaw line and along the neck.

Q. What Is A Facelift?

A facelift or rhytidectomy(from Ancient Greek (rhytis) wrinkle + (ektome) excision, surgical removal of wrinkles), involves tightening of the lower facial and neck muscles as well as the removal of any excess skin. The word facelift often conjures up the impression of a complete facial metamorphosis via a very aggressive surgery. Facelifting is an invasive procedure, but it is far less invasive than other typical hospital procedures. In fact, facelifting is really skin surgery with some muscle tightening. You might think this is an odd analogy but I feel this method of explaining what a facelift is works really well. Imagine you are in your family room looking at your carpeted floor and notice a large fold or wrinkle in middle of the carpet. The carpet ripple obviously doesn’t look good. So what would you do? Naturally, you would not want to cut the carpet ripple out and sew it back together. Why? Because you would be left with an unsightly reconstructed defect in the middle of the carpet with sewing marks, aka, a scar. The best method to fix the problem would be by elevating the carpet from the baseboard/wall and pulling the carpet ripple out and then trimming off the redundant carpet out along the baseboard. This is similar to how a facelift is performed. In a facelift, the incisions are placed along visual dissimilar anatomic transition zones in front of the ear and behind the ear in order to camouflage the incisions. Then the skin is elevated and underlying muscles are tightened. The elevated redundant skin is then trimmed to match the anatomic boundary in front of the ear and then carefully fixed in the newly elevated position by stitching. In addition, the facelift procedure is often performed in conjunction with additional cosmetic surgeries such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)forehead liftchin augmentationliposuction and/or rhinoplasty (nasal surgery). These procedures can be performed any time after the signs of aging appear in order to attain a more youthful appearance.

Q. Does a facelift treat my entire face?

The term facelift is actually a misnomer. A more accurate term for a face lift would be a lower face and neck lift. Full rejuvenation of facial gravitational skin laxity would require a combination of a facelift, cheek implants, upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), and browlifting.

Q. What Is the Difference Between Trademarked Quick, Swift, and Weekend Facelift Procedures?

Not that much. They are all variations of the mini facelift technique. The Beautify-Life Lift differs from other trademark facelift procedures by utilizing the full spectrum of face-lifting techniques from the macs-lift to a full facelift as determined by an individuals needs. As a metaphor, instead of using only one paint and one paint brush, Dr. Urban will utilize multiple paints and brushes in creating the best painting.* The novel aspect of the Beautify-Life Lift is that it attempts to improve your inner perspective of beauty by providing you with scientific-based self-help educational material in addition to an individualized facelift.

*Note: Any surgeon can legally perform any of the various trademarked facelifts surgical techniques. Don’t be fooled in believing that only one surgeon can perform a certain type of fill-in-the-blank-lift. There are no laws restricting the use of surgical techniques to the surgeons who own the trademarks. The results of facelift procedure are determined by the skill of the surgeon and not by the name of the procedure. In other words, a beautiful painting is determined by the artist and not necessarily by the brand of the paint.

Q.What Is The Difference Between A Mini Facelift, Weekend facelift, Traditional (Smas) Facelift, and a Deep Facelift?

Many different procedures of rhytidectomy exist. The differences are mostly the type of incision, the invasiveness and the area of the face that is treated. Each surgeon practices multiple different types of facelift surgery. At a consultation, the procedure with the best outcome is chosen for every patient. Expectations of the patient, the age, possible recovery time and areas to improve are some of the many factors taken in consideration before choosing a technique of rhytidectomy.

Traditional (SMAS) Facelift

In the traditional facelift, an incision is made in front of the ear extending up into the hairline. The incision curves around the bottom of the ear and then behind it, usually ending near the hairline on the back of the neck. After the skin incision is made, the skin is separated from the deeper tissues with a scalpel or scissors (also called undermining) over the cheeks and neck. At this point, the deeper tissues (SMAS, the fascial suspension system of the face) can be tightened with sutures, with or without removing some of the excess deeper tissues. The skin is then re-draped, and the amount of excess skin to be removed is determined by the surgeons judgment and experience. The excess skin is then removed, and the skin incisions are closed with sutures and/or staples. This type of lift is a good for patients with advanced signs of skin laxity.

Deep plane Facelift

In order to correct the deepening of the nasolabial fold more accurate, the deep plane facelift was developed. The deep plane facelift differs from the SMAS lift by freeing cheek fat and some muscles from their bone attachment. This technique has a higher risk at damaging the facial nerve. The SMAS lift is an effective procedure to reposition the platysma muscle; however the nasolabial fold is according to some surgeons better addressed by a deep plane facelift or composite facelift.

Mini Facelift with smas plication

The mini facelift is the less invasive type of full facelift; the only difference is the omission of the extensive neck lifting in the mini lift procedure. It is also called the S lift because of the shape of the incision that is used or the short-scar facelift. This lift is a more temporary solution to the ageing of the face which also has less downtime and is done on people who have deep naso-labial folds, sagging facial structures, yet still have a firm and well-contoured neck. The position of the incision is usually made from the hairline around the ear with scars hidden in the natural crease of the skin and the posterior ear hairline. After this, the underlying skin structures are tightened which helps insure a longer lasting result. Then the skin is repositioned by the surgeon with small sutures. This type of lift is a good alternative to the full facelift to people with moderate signs of skin laxity.

Weekend Facelift

The weekend facelift is the least invasive type of facelift; the only difference is the omission of the neck lifting and posterior ear incision in the weekend facelift procedure. The position of the incision is usually made from the hairline around the ear with scars hidden in the natural crease of the skin. The weekend facelift was designed for younger patients usually in their 40s with mild lower facial jowling. The weekend face lift recovery is about 5 days; hence the term weekend facelift. This type of lift is a good alternative to the full facelift to people with minimal signs of skin laxity.

Q. Am I A Good Candidate For A Facelift?

If you feel your skin has lost in normal form with the formation of jowling and prominent lower facial grooves and/or folds, you are probably a candidate for a mini facelift or a full facelift. The appropriate time for facelift is really not dependent on your age but your lower facial skin aging. Based upon your evaluation, Dr. Urban will help you determine the most appropriate way to achieve your desired result.

Q. When Should I Have a Facelift?

I frequently have patients ask when is the best time to have a facelift? The answer to the question is a question: Do you have jowls or excess skin below your cheeks combined with sagging neck skin? If you do, then you probably are a candidate for a facelift. A small degree of sagging can be treated with a mini facelift whereas more skin sagging often requires a full facelift.

Q. How long does a Facelift Last?

This is a very common question. The effects of the surgery will last forever but the facial aging clock will continue to tick after the surgery. In general the clock is turned back 10-15 years but will continue to tick after the surgery. How fast the facial aging clock will tick after the surgery is dependent upon multiple factors: facelift type, intrinsic genetic factors (your genes), and external factors such and smoking and UV radiation (sun) exposure. As it is with a lot of things in life, the mini procedures are good for a short period of time whereas the comprehensive procedures tend to last longer. Dr. Urban‘s goal is for you to not only look good but have a result that lasts. During your consult Dr. Urban will help you in the decision process of selecting the appropriate facelift procedure based upon your anatomy and your desired outcome. Remember Dr. Urban‘s number one goal is your happiness.

Q. How Do I Prepare For A Facelift?

We will evaluate your medical history in order to determine your overall health. Dr. Urban will discuss with you how your face can look and what you can expect from surgery. Our objective is to create a natural appearance that is pleasing to you. Photographs and computer imaging are performed to determine the amount of improvement after surgery. We will provide you with preoperative instructions that may include the elimination of specific drugs containing aspirin several weeks before surgery to minimize excess bleeding. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to prevent infection. You may be instructed to shampoo your hair the night before surgery. A small amount of hair may be shaved around your ears and temples.

Q. How Is A Facelift Performed?

Rhytidectomy can be performed under IV Sedation or general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art accredited surgical facility. These options will be discussed in detail with you. Premedication is administered for relaxation. Incisions are made inside the hairline at the temple, running in front of the ear then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending in the hair of the scalp. The loose skin is separated from underlying tissue and is pulled up and back. Excess skin is removed. Sagging muscles and connective tissues are tightened. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Small sutures are used to close the incisions. The procedure may take up to five hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time.

Q. Does my facelift need to be performed in a hospital?

Today, the majority of facial cosmetic facial surgery is performed in outpatient facilities. An outpatient environment helps insure privacy and decreases the chances of hospital acquired infection. The unique aspect of Dr. Urban‘s practice is that it is one of the few offices in the state of Utah to have achieved Joint Commission accreditation. Joint Commission accreditation indicates that the office base surgery center is following the highest standards of healthcare quality and safety. Out of all the healthcare evaluation organizations, Joint Commission accreditation is consider the most rigorous and prestigious. For example, all of the nations top hospitals are accredited by Joint Commission. Utah Facial Surgical Arts surgical center is set up in the same manner as a hospitals in terms of anesthesia, surgical equipment, emergency equipment, back up power, and patient monitoring.

Q. What Happens After A Facelift?

Bandages applied to the area of surgery and are removed within a few days. Pain is moderate and controlled with oral medications. Your sutures are removed within the first 5 to 10 days. In order to minimize scarring, the doctor may remove the sutures in stages. Scarring fades quickly. Swelling and discoloration decrease within two weeks. Tightness in your face will be present for several weeks and there may be slight changes in your hair pattern around the incision. It is recommended that you avoid the sun for several weeks after surgery. Healing is gradual so you will not notice final results for up to 6 months. Improvement varies, depending on your initial condition. In most cases, a single procedure achieves the desired results.

Q. What Are The Risks?

As with all surgical procedures, there are some associated risks. Complications include bleeding, skin infection, less than ideal scaring, nerve injury, and localized hair loss. Fortunately, serious complications with facelift procedures are rare. Dr. Urban will discuss these associated risks with you prior to your procedure. Again, Dr. Urban will do everything within his means to help insure you have a wonderful result.

Beautify-Life Lift (Mini lift version with extension)

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Q. Who is a Candidate for the Beautify-Life Lift?

The ideal candidate for the Beautify-Life Lift (mini version) is patient who is 40-55 years old with mild jowling and mild upper neck skin laxity. Unlike a traditional facelift, theBeautify-Life Lift (mini version)incisions are shorter with less skin undermining. Less skin undermining means less bruising, less swelling and a decreased risk of nerve injury. Another key feature of this procedure is the method of re-suspending the underlying loose skin tissues (SMAS) to insure that the results are long lasting. The procedure takes about two to three hours to do, and it can be performed under local or IV sedation. Recovery is about one to two days. Most patients feel that they can return back to work in 3 to 7 days. And best of all, the Beautify-Life Lift (mini version)procedure costs less than the traditional full facelift .

Q. What’s next?

Dr. Urban is dual board certified and fellowship trained in all facelift variation. If you’re interested in having aBeautify-Life Lift (mini version)or another procedure, please call our office and well schedule your complimentary consultation today! During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Urban will listen to your treatment goals and discuss with you all of the various non-surgical and surgical options including advantages, disadvantages, benefits, risks, preoperative care, and postoperative care. There is no pressure to select a treatment. We only want you to be happy with your decision and your results.