A minilift, or lateral cheek lift, is appropriate for early facial aging. Dr. Yellin performs this procedure to improve the jaw line and addresses early jowl formation. Suture techniques are used to tighten not only the skin of the cheeks and jaw line but the deeper tissues that envelop the facial muscles known as the SMAS fascia. There is no chin incision and no contouring of the neck in a minilift, and the resulting scar goes around the ear but doesn’t extend as far down along the posterior hairline as in a traditional facelift. Due to the limited dissection, this procedure can be performed in the office operatory under local anesthesia. Post-operatively, you must wear an elastic support 22 hours a day, removing it only for meals and a shower, for 1 week and then to sleep only, for 2 more weeks. It provides for a quicker recovery than a full facelift but is not appropriate for everyone who desires surgical facial rejuvenation. During your consultation , Dr. Yellin will help you determine if this procedure is suitable for you.
An Ultralift focuses exclusively on the neck and jaw line. It is ideally suited for a patient who wishes contour improvements in these areas and has excess fat in the neck causing a blunted neck-chin angle but does not have significant neck skin laxity. This technique uses a small incision under the chin to introduce fluid into the neck followed by externally applied, high intensity ultrasound energy, which breaks up the fat and generates heat helping the neck skin contract to the new contours. The excess fluid and fat are then suctioned out, the neck muscles are tightened and the incision closed. No skin is removed. Post-operatively, you must wear an elastic support 22 hours a day, removing it only for meals and a shower, for 1 week and then to sleep only, for 2 more weeks.