If you are a man or a woman between 30 and 45 years of age, in good health, with mild to moderate laxity in the upper or lower part of the face and/or neck, then you are a perfect candidate for a mini-facelift. The procedure is ideal for those who want to stay ahead of the aging process, and is also effective as a follow-up for patients who have previously had full facelifts and are looking for additional rejuvenation of the face and/or neck areas.
A mini-facelift provides an overall lift of the eyes and forehead, neck or cheek areas. With aging skin loses its elasticity, and many people will develop loose skin folds which can create a heavy, jowly, tired and older appearance. This minimally invasive outpatient procedure is performed under local anesthesia and can provide a more youthful appearance by firming the skin of the face, improving jaw line definition and restoring the neck-chin angle.
The age-diminishing effect of the mini-facelift makes patients look younger, rested, and energized. Facial rejuvenation is achieved by repositioning the skin on the lower face to eliminate sagging and droopiness in the area. For the patients who meet the criteria, the mini-lift is a good option because it is less invasive than a full facelift. Its rapid recovery times and lower cost make it accessible to a wide range of patients looking tom improve the appearance of their face at a reasonable price. Mini-facelift patients see rapid, natural-looking results with very little down-time.
Patients should have in mind that this procedure is done when smaller folds of sagging skin are present in the eyes, forehead, and cheek or neck areas. Also, it’s important to note that having a mini-facelift does not preclude the patient from undergoing full facelift procedures in the future.
BEFORE THE SURGERY EVERY PATIENT MUST:
- Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fournier at his office. During this visit you can ask him any questions you might have about the surgery.
- Have a complete medical check up, an electrocardiogram and laboratory blood and urine tests; including a complete whole blood count, partial tromboplastin time, prothrombin time, platelets, and HIV.
- Take antibiotics such as Augmentin 500mg, (one capsule three times a day with each meal) Cipro or Ceclor 500mg (one capsule twice a day with a full breakfast and dinner); two days before surgery, the day of the surgery, and seven more days after the surgery.
- Inform Dr. Fournier your daily vitamin and medication intake.
- Notify Dr. Fournier if you have developed a cold or the flu a week prior your surgery date.
- Please avoid: aspirin, more than 500mg of Vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, or any blood thinners two weeks prior your surgery. Also avoid alcohol intake, and passive or active smoking for one month before and one month after the surgery. Remember that nicotine and alcohol delay and might even hinder your healing processes.
THE DAY OF SURGERY
- Please brush your teeth, but do not eat or drink coffee or tea.
- Please do not wear make-up, remove your contact lenses or dentures before the surgery. Do not put any moisturizer on your eyes, face and neck.
- Please remove your nail polish.
- The evening and the morning prior your surgery, clean the operative area with soap and water.
- Please do not bring any jewelry or valuables to the Hospital.
- Please wear a robe, housecoat or warm up suit that buttons or zips in the front and flat shoes after the surgery. No tight-fitting clothes.
- Someone must drive you home, to your Hotel, or to the Recovery Home you choose to stay at.
Postoperative instructions regarding activity, medications and office visits will be given following your surgery.
Arnoldo Fournier M.D., F.A.C.S. ©
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