Mini Facelift

Mini Facelift is a surgery indicated for patients who have mild to moderate sagging and excess skin on the face. Removal of additional skin, correcting facial sagging, reducing the static wrinkles, and improving facial contours will provide rejuvenation.

Large excess of skin is generally an indication for full rhytidectomy or facelift (surgery that covers the entire face and is often associated with eyelid surgery).

Sagging and excess skin on the face in mild to moderate degrees.

The scar is located in the preauricular region , and behind the ear.

Anesthetic type:
Local with sedation or general.

Length of stay:
12 to 24 hours.

The compressive bandage is removed within 24 hours. It is common to have certain degree of edema (swelling) and ecchymosis (bruising) on the face and neck, which usually regress within 7-10 days. There is usually no pain postoperatively. A certain transient reduction in sensitivity in the operated area is common.

They are unusual, since there is appropriate pre and postoperative care as well as having the surgery performed by a specialist. But the complications are as follows: hematoma, infection, scarring and skin suffering changes (necrosis).

Smokers, because they have certain circulatory impairment, are at an increased risk of necrosis (skin suffering from lack of blood). Therefore, it is essential to quit smoking for at least 14 days before surgery.

Mini Facelift (Face Surgery)

Definitive result:
A satisfactory result will be reached after two months, but the ultimate result is attained after six months, the time required for the maturation of the scars.


Frequently asked questions to Dr. Charbel El Hachem

Questions – Mini Facelift – Plastic Surgery

1) How will the scars look?
Cosmetic surgery aims to improve the appearance of sagging, wrinkles, furrows, etc., thus giving a facial rejuvenation. The scars become less visible with time. Makeup and hairstyles can perfectly mask the inconvenience created by the recent scars. In addition, each patient behaves differently from each other in relation to the development of scars and may even, in certain cases, become virtually unapparent. Pruritus (itching), burning or numbness may possibly occur on the scars. This will be temporary and tend to disappear.

2) How long does the result of Mini Facelift persist?
The surgery of the face, slows but does not stop the aging process. The patient will continue aging with time, but from a younger look.

3) There is a risk in this operation?
Rarely does facial rejuvenation surgery cause serious complications. However, being a surgical procedure, occasionally risks may occur such as hematoma, hypertrophic scars or keloids (in predisposed patients), infection.

4) Are pre and post-operative photographs important?
Of course; the only way to evaluate the result obtained by the face lift is the comparison between the pre and postoperative, performed under identical photographic conditions in these two periods.

5) What type of anesthesia is used for the operation?
Both general anesthesia and local anesthesia with sedation is used. Depending on your case, Dr. El Hachem will take the liberty to suggest you the most convenient. The end result is the same.

6) How long does the surgery take?
This depends on the surgery and the technique used. It can take from about 2 hours . Being a surgical procedure, the absolute time ceases to matter, because some cases require more time at certain stages of surgery. What matters is the result obtained and not the time of surgery.

7) What is the hospital stay?
24 hours.

8) Are dressings used?
Yes. The large bandage is removed after the first 24 hours.

9) Is there pain in the postoperative period?
Very rarely. The evolution of the Mini facelift is usually painless. Occasionally some cases may be slightly painful, which can be easily sedated with common painkillers. A transient common skin insensitivity may occur. Sensitivity usually return gradually.

10) When are the stitches removed?
Most of the points are removed between 7 and 15 days.

11) When can wash my hair?
Dr. El Hachem mentions that between the second and seventh postoperative day, the patients can wash their hair (with some care). Dry them using a manual-dryer with slightly heated air. Dying the hair should only be done after one month.

12) Finally: Does the result of face rejuvenation surgery pay off?
Each case is analyzed individually during the 1st consultation by Dr. El Hachem. Some patients seek, with this surgery, to be “more beautiful.” This is not the primary goal of surgery; its primary goal is the rejuvenation. Dr. El Hachem will clarify all the details here reported, as well as those possibly forgotten during your consultation. Since it is mutually decided to perform the surgery (doctor and patient), the result pays off. Otherwise, Dr. El Hachem will be the first to refuse the surgery. This message was prepared in order to inform the patient about facial rejuvenation surgery. Dr. El Hachem will be delighted to answer any further questions in detail.

Mini Facelift


Preoperative recommendations:

1) Arrive to indicated hospital, prior to the scheduled operative date.

2) Wash your hair the day before the operation with an antiseptic shampoo.

3) Follow the instructions of the hospital.

4) Communicate with Dr. El Hachem until at least two days before the operation, in case of flu or illness.

5) Do not apply makeup on the day of admission

6) Avoid smoking for 30 days before surgery because complications are directly related to smoking.

7) Keep fasting eight (8) hours before the scheduled time of surgery.

8) Avoid any medication containing acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin ,etc ) or any medication with anticoagulant effect at least fifteen (15) days prior to surgery.

Postoperative Recommendations:

1) Avoid wetting the dressing scalp for 24 hours.

2) Normal Diet.

3) Avoid sun, wind and cold for 90 days.

4) Obey the prescribed medication.

5) Back to the office for dressing the stipulated day.

6) Avoid any medication containing acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin , etc ) or any medication with anticoagulant effect at least fifteen (15) days after the surgery.

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