What is a mini cheek lift?
The mini cheek lift, also referred to as a short scar facelift, an S-lift or a J-lift, is a plastic surgery procedure which can rejuvenate the face by tightening loose skin in the cheek and jowl area. Lifestyle Lift, Quick Lift, and some other “trade marked” lifts are variations of this procedure.
Is a mini cheek lift right for me?
If you are healthy, have good underlying bony architecture, and are looking to improve the appearance of minor loose skin and jowls, then a mini cheek lift may be right for you. The procedure is particularly well-suited for younger patients seeking a touch-up rather than a full facelift. This procedure is not a replacement for a cheek-neck lift or facelift if there is an excessive amount of skin or fat to be addressed.
What does a consultation for a mini cheek lift entail?
During a consultation for a mini cheek lift, Dr. Naderi will examine your face, take a thorough medical history, and discuss your goals. All aspects of the mini cheek lift procedure will be discussed including the facility, the anesthesia, the recovery, the costs the risks, and so on.
Where is the mini cheek lift performed?
Dr. Naderi performs mini cheek lifts at INOVA system hospitals which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital. Occasionally more limited procedures may be done under local anesthesia in the office.
What type of anesthesia is used for the mini cheek lift?
MAC (monitored anesthesia care) or local anesthesia may be used for the mini cheek lift.
How is the mini cheek lift performed?
For the mini cheek lift, small incisions are made inside of the hairline and inside of the ear for women or in front of the ear for men. Dr. Naderi performs a modified composite lift with SMAS elevation and imbrication. This provides long-lasting, natural results without a “pulled-back” look. Liposuction may also be used during the procedure.
How long does the mini cheek lift take to perform?
The mini cheek lift takes abut an hour to complete.
Where are the incisions made for the mini cheek lift?
Incisions for the mini cheek lift are small and located within the hairline and inside of the ear for women or in front of the ear for men.
Does the mini cheek lift leave scars?
The incisions made for the mini cheek lift do result in scars, though they are well-concealed within the hairline and inside of or in front of the ear.
What is the recovery like after a mini cheek lift?
Recovery after a mini cheek lift takes about five to seven days. Swelling and bruising are usually minor.
When will I be able to return to work after undergoing a mini cheek lift?
Patients can return to work in about one week after the mini cheek lift.
How soon will I be able to exercise after my mini cheek lift?
Patients will need to wait about two weeks after the mini cheek lift before partaking in strenuous activities and exercise.
When will my stitches be removed after my mini cheek lift?
The stitches may be removed in about seven days after the mini cheek lift.
What are the risks or complications associated with the mini cheek lift?<
All surgery carries potential risks. Those associated with the mini cheek lift include bleeding and fluid collection (1-3%).
Is the mini cheek lift covered by insurance?
Insurance typically does not cover mini cheek lift procedures when they are performed for purely cosmetic purposes. However, patients should be sure to check with their own insurance company.
Can I finance my mini cheek lift?
Financing is available for many plastic surgery procedures.
Dr. Naderi’s office in Reston, VA is conveniently located near the following:
- Northern Virginia
- Fairfax county
- Loudoun County
- Town Center
- Tysons corner
- Virginia beach
- Great falls
- Montgomery County
- Howard County
- Baltimore, MD
- Chevy Chase
- White Marsh
- Arundle Mills
- Washington DC
- Washington D.C.
- Adams Morgan
- Pentagon City
- North west
- Falls church