WHAT TO EXPECT
Face lifts can be performed in either a hospital or in an outpatient surgical facility. They are either done with sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia. The procedure itself involves elevating the skin and tightening the underlying tissues and muscles. During the procedure, fat may be removed, sculpted, or redistributed, and skin is then draped over the new contours of the face. Any excess skin is removed, and the wound is then stitched closed. It will last anywhere from two to four hours.
After the procedure, you will likely feel mild to moderate pain as well as numbness. You may also experience bruising and swelling as well as drainage from the incisions.
The procedure can take up to two hours and it is not as invasive as a face lift. With a mini face lift, the surgeon simply makes an incision in front of your earlobe and pulls back the muscle tissue up and out toward your ears. This allows the skin to see a subtle but elegant improvement in the skin tightening.