Elite Lift / Mini-Facelift
About The Elite Lift / Mini-Facelift:
The facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure used to improve the signs of aging in the facial skin. A facelift can tighten sagging facial skin, remove deep wrinkles, lines and creases, eliminate fatty deposits along the jawline (jowls), and also firm the neck area. Facial skin will appear younger, firmer and smoother.
At Elite MD, we tailor our Elite Lift procedure to meet your needs and expectations. The procedure can address specific areas of the mid-face, the neck, the jowls, or the nasolabial folds. When you choose Elite MD, you’ll get an in-office complimentary consultation and a world-class in-office procedure with local anesthesia.
Depending on the patient’s individual goals and needs the facelift procedure varies quite a bit. Today, many different techniques exist with outcomes that are consistently reliable and durable. A traditional facelift procedure usually involves the surgeon making an incision in your hairline starting at your temples, continuing down and around the front of your ears and ending behind your ears and may extend in your scalp. An incision might be made under your chin to improve the appearance of your neck. A limited-incision facelift may also be an option for younger patients whom have early aging changes. This option provides the benefits of a traditional facelift with fewer incisions and faster healing. Your surgeon will make short incisions in your hairline starting at your temples and continuing down and around the front of your ears. Incisions might also be made in the lower eyelids or under the upper lip. Ask our surgeon if you are a candidate for this procedure. Once the incisions are made, various degrees of undermining of the skin are performed, and the deeper layers of the face are ‘lifted’. Muscle tightening as well as liposuction of the neck and jowls may be performed. The skin will then be draped over the new contours and the excess skin will be trimmed away creating a more youthful and natural appearance.
What to Expect:
Depending on the complexity of the facelift, a facelift procedure can last three to seven hours. With the Elite Lift / Mini-Facelift, the procedure is typically on the shorter end of that time table and typically only takes three to four hours. After a facelift, your head will be wrapped loosely in bandages that provide gentle pressure to minimize swelling and bruising. Following surgery a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. Any bandages and drain tubes will usually be removed in one or two days, and most stitches are removed during visits within a week of the surgery. Once the dressings and drains are removed, puffiness and discoloration may be more pronounced in some portions of the face than others. Any unevenness or temporary asymmetry caused by this variance in swelling, and bruising- is normal. A majority of swelling usually occurs in the first 24 to 48 hours and might distort your facial features or stiffen your facial movements. Keeping your head elevated during rest is extremely helpful in reducing the initial post-operative swelling. You can expect the majority of the bruising and swelling to subside after about two weeks. You may also experience numbness to the face, which usually resolves itself within several months. Medication will be prescribed to help control the pain as needed. Straining, bending, and lifting should be avoided during the early post-operative period to reduce exposing your incisions to excessive pressure or motion. This includes heavy work, aerobics, running or weightlifting, and sex for at least 2-3 weeks, walking and mild stretching is fine. Additionally, do not wear clothing that needs to be placed over your head. Generally, scars from the incisions are hidden within your hair and in concealed skin creases. Scars will remain pink for a few months and will fade over the next 6 months. Concealing makeup is usually permitted after the first week. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several months to realize the full benefits of the facelift. Although a facelift will last for many years, you will continue to age at a normal rate and your facial skin may begin to droop again. However, You will continue to look younger than you would if the facelift procedure had not been performed.
Why consider a Mini Facelift?
Rather than seeking a traditional facelift, more and more patients are opting for a Mini-Facelift. This procedure is less intense and more targeted than a traditional facelift. This typically leads to less recovery and downtime for the patient all while still delivering the results patients expect.
Each year thousands of women and men undergo successful facelift procedures, experience no major problems and are happy with the results. Significant complications from a facelift surgery are infrequent. However, make sure you understand what surgery involves, including possible risks, complications and follow-up care.
Facelift surgery poses various risks, including:
• Excess scarring.
• Changes in skin sensation in your cheeks, scalp and neck for a few months up to two years.
• Temporary or permanent hair loss near the incision sites.
• An accumulation of blood under the skin (hematoma).
• Facial nerve damage which can result in temporary or permanent numbness and weakness of the facial muscles.
• Skin loss due to an interruption to the blood supply of your facial tissues.
• The need for revision surgery to correct rare complications of the facelift surgery.
Like any major surgery, a facelift poses a risk of bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to anesthesia. It’s also possible to have an allergic reaction to the surgical tape or other materials used during or after the procedure. You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your surgeon, both before and after your facelift surgery. If you have any concerns about the risks involved with facelift surgery, please consult your surgeon.
Over the years, the facelift procedure has changed from simple skin lifting that left patients looking like their faces were being pulled back, to more complex deeper plane lifting techniques that lift and reposition the facial features in a much more natural looking way. While loose skin can be tightened by a facelift, the texture of the skin will not be changed by a facelift. If you have sun damage, wrinkles around the mouth, irregularities in skin color, acne scars, and/or age spots, you may want to also consider skin-resurfacing procedures in combination with a facelift to improve the skin.
The following conditions could indicate that facelift surgery is right for you:
• Facial skin is loose and sagging
• The creases below the lower eyelids and around the lower lip and chin are becoming deeper
• A deep line, or fold, running from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth.
• Jowls or loss of a well-defined jawline
• Loose skin, wrinkles, or vertical bands of skin in your neck
• Excess fat in the neck.
A facelift can be done in combination with other facial cosmetic procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery to give a more balanced, natural rejuvenation.
What our patients are saying about Elite MD
“When the time came for me to take on the aging process head on, there was no question that Dr. Bansal and the truly amazing team at Elite MD were who I trusted to guide me. Thier commitment to my health and my goals, has been a partnership I value more than I can say here. Everything was thoroughly discussed. The best procedures that would actually give me the natural results I was looking for. Dr Bansal was so kind and his expertise is remarkable.He took the time to help me understand what was best for me at my age. I knew I was in the right hands. I am 6 months out of the Elite Mini face lift, a neck lift and skin resurfacing. The surgery was fantastic!! I had this done in thier office, they really have completely created the perfect way to do this surgery. Virtually, no discomfort, and after following ALL of their healing instructions, I was back to work in 2 weeks!! No kidding!! 2 weeks and looked like 15 years disappeared. Amazing natural results!!!! I cannot stress enough how amazing the team is. They care so much about helping you and I feel part of the family. Ray, and Rikki are rock stars, truly masters at what they do. Rikki and and Ray have helped me with thier incredible kindness and expertise to make the right decisions and skin care to assist in making this aging process to run for cover!! Dr Sonia is one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet. Honestly, if you looking at yourself in the mirror, and you know there is a different person inside. Please go see Dr. Bansal and Dr Sonia. This will be one of the best decisions you can make for yourself! I now feel as if my body is in harmony again, the inside and the outside are once again connected and you feel fabulous. Thank you can’t even touch how grateful I am for all the amazing people at Elite MD.” – by Cynde M.
“I am a 61 year young Grammy that has wanted to get rid of her genetic turkey neck for YEARS. Finally on my BD last November I had a virtual consultation with Tricia Starke who is the the patient case coordinator. I am a nurse manager myself and I have never met anyone that was more passionate about answering every question I had, going over a plan of care for surgery and making me feel confident in the process and the team at Elite MD in Danville. In January I had a face to face consultation with the handsome Dr. Waterman, a colleague of Dr. Bansal’s who is a facial plastic surgeon from Seattle. On February 17 Dr. Waterman performed my MINI LIFT-and the best part-was that everything was completed with only local lidocaine and medication by mouth-NO GENERAL ANESTHESIA. This alone makes the recovery process 10x safer and faster- I slept through most of it, talked to them a little bit which I’m sure made no since at all, but I had absolutely NO pain. My 2nd return appointment was with Dr. Bansal and Tricia last week-a tag team of passion and care. They spent at least 30 minutes showing me pictures of my before, my procedure, and making sure I understood what to do in order to maintain the best results(because nurses are the worst patients). I promise to show before and after pictures in a few more weeks. Would I do it again?,,,A thousand times YES. As a patient and as a nurse, I them a 5+Star rating.” – by Jane P.