A Minilift (Necklift) procedure is a way to address limited aging problems that arise in the neck.  While this procedure is not for everyone, there are certain individuals who may benefit from this surgery. The Minilift utilizes the part of the facelift incision that is behind the ear to provide improvement in the neck. While a Minilift does not replace a Facelift, it does offer an option that can correct small neck issues with less downtime.  

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Minilift FAQ

Is it right for me?

There are certainly many options for facial rejuvenation and no single procedure can correct all age-related changes.  The best results begin with select items from our product line  Other procedures, such as Laser Skin Resurfacing can be performed in combination with a Facelift in certain patients.  Our team will help you decide which procedures or treatments are right for you.  However, in the right patient there is no procedure that can duplicate the results of a facelift!

During the Consultation

When you meet with one of our doctors, you will discuss exactly what bothers you about your appearance.  There are often many options available to correct a given problem.  Photos will be taken and often image morphing software is used to demonstrate a possible realistic outcome.  A quote is given to you as insurance does not cover procedures done purely for cosmetic reasons.  Once you decide to proceed all preoperative and postoperative appointments are made for you by our Surgery Coordinators.  We will also provide information about healing and will manage your skin care before and after the procedure.

What to Expect After Surgery

Most patients are quite comfortable after surgery, although pain medication is routinely prescribed.  For the first week, there is mild bruising and swelling.  The treated areas may be slightly lumpy after surgery for 1-2 weeks.  Ice packs are recommended for the first week to limit swelling.  After the first week, the lumpiness of the skin can be lessened with warm, moist compresses. 

Most patients take 1 week off of work following a Necklift/Minilift procedure.  You will be provided very detailed instructions before the surgery so that you will know exactly what you are expected to do.  To monitor healing, we will see you 1 day, 1 week and 1 month after the procedure. After healing, expect to enjoy a healthy and more youthful appearance!

Potential Benefits

When performed by our specialized surgeons in Lone Tree, Denver or Boulder, facelifts produce outstanding results. The skin of the neck is repositioned under the chin, removing the redundant folds often found with aging.  The contours of the jaw become more visible, and the extra skin of the neck is drawn into a youthful contour.  The aging process continues after surgery, but you will always look more youthful than you would have if hadn’t undergone this procedure.

Potential Risks

While there few risks in Necklift/Minilift surgery, some risk is present in any surgery.  Occasionally, there is short-lived numbness of the earlobe area or weakness of muscles near the mouth.  This is usually due to stretching of nerves and resolves in a few weeks, if it occurs at all.  The most common complication of a Necklift/Minilift is a blood clot (hematoma) that forms under the skin and this is more common in men.  Small hematomas, it can be dealt with in the clinic during the follow up visit.  However, very rarely a large blood clot can form, requiring a visit to the operating room.

Understanding the Surgery

The surgery begins with gentle liposuction of the neck and jowls to remove excess fat.  Next, an incision is meticulously made in a natural crease of the skin behind the ear. in order to maximally camouflage the resulting scar.  The wrinkled skin is lifted away from the underlying tissues, repositioned and sutured to strong tissue around the ear.  This allows the excess skin to be safely removed while minimizing the width of the final scar. 

The incisions are carefully closed with absorbable sutures that melt away in 1 week.  Our doctors do not routinely use drainage tubes under the skin.  Rather, a dressing is wrapped around the head and remains on for 24 hours.  The procedure takes around 2 hours and the patient rest comfortably at home the same day.  The procedure is done under general anesthesia, but can be done under conscious sedation in certain circumstances.

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