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Mini facelift Orange County Mini Facelifts (Mini Rhytidectomy)

This information has been assembled to familiarize you with the facts regarding mini facelift surgery. You are requested to read the following information thoroughly and to discuss any questions, which might arise with your surgeon before you proceed with the surgical procedure known as mini rhytidectomy. You are also requested to keep this information as a reference during your post- operative period.

Facial rejuvenation is at the top of the list of the most common aesthetic surgical procedures performed by your surgeon at Orange County Plastic Surgery. Most people feel physically and mentally vigorous and energetic long after their appearance has begun to deteriorate due to aging. A face lift procedure is designed to provide you with a rejuvenated appearance.

You may visit your surgeon as many times as you wish to have all of your questions answered. At your final preoperative visit, your final questions will be answered and you will confirm that you understand the procedure to be performed, that this material has been explained to you, that you have read and understand these information sheets, and that you accept the risks by signing the informed consent forms. You will be given prescriptions for pain pills and antibiotics along with instructions for their use. Certain laboratory tests will also be required within two weeks of surgery, whether you have the procedure under oral sedation or deeper sedation by an anesthesiologist. If you are over the age of 50 or have a history of cardiac problems, you will have to obtain a cardiogram at your doctor’s office or any licensed laboratory. You may have blood drawn at your family doctor's office or any laboratory (e.g. Kaiser Hospital, etc.). All patients will be asked to stop smoking at least a month prior to surgery in an effort to maximize your body's ability to heal the incisions following the operation.   

A mini facelift is an elective, cosmetic surgical operation in which the loose muscles of the face are tightened and the skin redraped and the excess trimmed through incisions placed around the ears.   

Occasionally, the patient and surgeon may decide that in order to obtain the desired optimal result, additional ancillary procedures such as a midface lift, microfat grafting, eyelid surgery, a brow lift, skin resurfacing, or a chin implant may be required. These additional procedures will be discussed separately as they are not an actual part of the face or neck lift operation. If desired, your surgeon will go over these additional procedures with you. Adding such procedures will necessitate the procedure being done in a surgery center with an anesthesiologist present.   

The patient can expect swelling of the face and neck. You may begin using an MD Performance® cleanser and moisturizer the day after your surgery. The discoloration will be most noticeable on the second and third days, and diminishes anywhere from one to six weeks after surgery. This, again, depends upon the type of skin, age, and healing ability of the patient. Most patients, with perhaps light makeup, can resume everyday tasks approximately one to three weeks after surgery. The incisions in around the ears usually heal quickly and without problems but the scar behind the ear can remain firm and pink for about a year. It is recommended that patients begin applying MD Performance® Ultimate Scar Formula to the incisions about a week after surgery. The Ultimate Scar Formula should be applied twice daily until the scar has finished healing and no longer contains any hint of pink or purple. 

Every activity in life, whether driving automobiles or having surgery, is associated with risk. The following inherent risks must be understood and assumed by the patient if we are to proceed with this surgery. Although complications and bad results are uncommon from this type of operation, they do sometimes occur. Your doctor cannot guarantee a favorable result from any operation you are considering, but every effort will be made to provide you with the best result possible. 

The surgical scars are permanent; however, the incisions are placed so that they are barely discernable on normal visual observation, barring complications, which may result in thick and/or painful, disfiguring scars. If this problem occurs, treatment by excision or steroid injections may be indicated, but it may be impossible to improve an unsightly scar.

Social activity should be limited for as long as you feel uncomfortable with the degree of swelling and bruising that you have. Light activities such as walking may be begun as soon after surgery as the patient desires. Strenuous exercises may be resumed when it is physically comfortable to do so, usually in a few weeks when all visible swelling and bruising have subsided.

Cosmetics and moisturizers may be applied over the skin of the face, up to the edge of the surgical incisions, two days after the operation. The office staff will not only be able to assist you with makeup application to help hide bruising, but also to give you guidance regarding skin care after you have healed.


Coiffure procedures may usually be carried out after the drainage tubes have been removed and the wounds have stopped draining. Care must be employed when drying the hair during the first few months while you do not have normal sensation; the low heat setting should be used for the first two months to avoid inadvertent damage to the skin or hair.

The head must be kept dry initially. By the second or third day, the patient will be encouraged to begin showering and shampooing normally, but care must be taken not to tug on the drainage tubes or to rub the incisions hard.

Fees will be discussed freely in advance by the office staff. You will receive assistance with financing if desired. Naturally, additional fees will be required if the patient desires ancillary procedures such as forehead, eyelid, chin or nasal surgery at the same time. In compliance with suggestions adopted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, it is customary for the patient to pay all fees for cosmetic surgery prior to the desired operation. This insures that the patient is sincere in her motivation and can afford the surgery, thus creating a better patient/physician relationship. A non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your desired surgery date. 

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