A mini face-lift is performed under local or general anesthesia in a fully equipped operating room as an outpatient procedure and generally requires up to two weeks of recovery time, states WebMD. Small incisions are made in the skin and surgery is performed using a viewing scope and specialized surgical instruments.
A patient receiving a mini face-lift is administered general anesthesia or a sedative intravenously, or she is given a local anesthetic to numb the skin prior to surgery. Using the viewing scope and technologies such as a laser to perform the surgery, short incisions are made in the temple area and close to the ear. Additionally, incisions may also be made in the upper lip and lower eyelid, according to WebMD.
After a mini face-lift, a patient’s face requires bandaging and dressings, which are usually removed two days after surgery. If a drainage tube has been placed behind the patient’s ear, it is also generally removed two days after surgery and stitches are removed after five to ten days, according to WebMD. Facial swelling and bruising is to be expected after a mini face-lift, and medications may be prescribed to relieve pain. As a minimally invasive procedure, a mini face-lift usually results in a shorter recovery period, less pain and scarring, and reduced health care costs.