S-Lift/Mini-Face Lift

The S-Lift or mini-face lift is a surgical procedure performed to rejuvenate the sagging skin and muscle laxity that can occur with aging. This type of face lift affects the lower third of the face, and is ideal for patients from age 30 to 60, who want a refreshed and youthful appearance with minimal downtime.

How is an S-Lift performed?

The S-Lift is typically performed in the surgical suite in our office, and takes about 2 hours. The type of anesthetic used may vary with each patient – some may choose an injection of a local anesthetic and others may be more comfortable with light IV sedation. The incision is made along the front of the ear, and the skin is gently lifted and the muscles underneath are tightened. Any excess skin and fat is removed, and the incision is closed with tiny sutures.

Some patients may also choose to undergo liposuction of the neck at the same time for a more dramatic result. Full face laser resurfacing is frequently suggested in combination with the mini-face lift to expose fresh skin, even out skin texture and even out pigmentation.

What is the downtime for an S-Lift?

You should plan on about a week of downtime for an S-Lift and 2 weeks before returning to full activity. Expect some bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to wear a compression wrap. Sutures will remain in place for 1-2 weeks. Don’t use any cosmetics until you are approved to do so by Dr. Cole. This is important to reduce your risk of infection. You may experience temporary numbness in the areas around the incision. This numbness will resolve as your healing progresses. You will be able to see the full results of the Mini-Facelift surgery anywhere from 4 months to a year after your surgery.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cole, call us at 360.613.2600 or fill out the form to the right.


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