There are plenty of options for patients who want smoother, more youthful skin. Chemical peels freshen the face, Botox and injectable fillers smooth lines around the eyes and mouth, and facelifts correct sagging skin on the face and neck. Patients who ask for a facelift may want the full procedure, or any number of smaller procedures that recontour the face and minimize the signs of aging. Patients who want lasting results without missing several days of work may want to consider an in-office facelift procedure.
Mini Facelift Procedure
Dr. Brantner specializes in an office procedure facelift; that is, a mini facelift that requires no general anesthesia but still provides tangible results. Dr. Brantner performs this minor cosmetic procedure in his office using local anesthesia. The procedure, which lasts about two hours, addresses the face in three parts: the eye area, the mid face, and the neck. A minor incision beneath the eyelashes:
- Removes excess skin
- Decreases the appearance of bags under the eyes
- Removes lines from around the nose
- Increases the prominence of the cheekbones
- Smoothes skin, creating a more youthful appearance
Dr. Brantner addresses the neck and jowls by lifting the skin in front of the ear. A permanent buried suture tautens the tough under layer of skin, smoothing wrinkles and sagging skin on the neck. Dr. Brantner removes any excess skin. He can then lift drooping brows with a minor eyebrow lift. Often patients who suffer sagging brows also require an eyebrow lift to improve vision. In such cases, insurance typically covers the cost of surgery.
Recovering from a Mini Facelift
Because Dr. Brantner performs this cosmetic procedure in-office with local anesthesia, his patients can enjoy the benefits of a facelift without the expense, hassle, and recovery time of an OR procedure. Patients take mild, oral medication before the procedure. Most patients are fully functional the following day without suffering “anesthesia hangover.” The skin often bruises and swells, but generally both can be covered by makeup within a week. Patients are back to their daily routine quickly: they may begin exercising 3 weeks after their procedure, and rarely feel any lingering tenderness beyond 5 weeks.
Interested in our in-office or ambulatory facelift procedures? Call Dr. Brantner’s office to schedule a cosmetic consultation.