An S Lift, also known as a weekend or mini facelift, is an alternative to the traditional facelift procedure and offers a more youthful and refreshed appearance through a less invasive, safer procedure. The procedure is named for the S-shaped incision that is made in front of the ear, which is typically hidden by the hairline and natural creases of the face and ears.
The S Lift procedure offers patients a smoother, refreshed, and more youthful appearance as it lifts the skin of the cheeks, neck and jowls, and removes excess fat from the area. A facelift treats the lower two-thirds of the face, restoring a youthful appearance to the areas that are most often affected by the effects of aging.
This procedure is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures in order to achieve optimal results. Many patients combine an S Lift with a skin resurfacing procedure. These procedures improve the overall look and texture of the skin and can enhance the refreshed, smoother results of a facelift as well. Since a facelift only treats the lower two-thirds of the face, many patients combine this procedure with an eye or brow lift. A refreshed lower face can often emphasize an aged forehead or tired-looking eyelids, so you may want to discuss your procedure with the doctor in order to ensure the best possible results for you.
The best candidates for the S Lift procedure are patients who are in good overall health and have laxity in the lower facial area. Most patients are between the ages of 40 and 65 and looking to restore a more youthful appearance to their face. An S Lift is often sought by younger patients at the first sign of sagging skin in order to maintain their youthful appearance. The results for these patients are often more natural.
It is important for potential patients to have realistic expectations in order to be satisfied with their results. Since the S Lift procedure is not as extensive as a traditional facelift, it is best suited for patients wishing to correct mild lower face laxity. Patients that require extensive cheek and neck lifting may not achieve their desired results with this minimally invasive procedure.
An S Lift is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. After anesthesia is administered, the doctor will make a narrow S-shaped incision just in front of the ear. The skin is then lifted and the underlying muscles and tissues are tightened, and excess fat is removed. The incisions are then closed with small stitches. The whole procedure takes one to two hours to perform and patients can usually return home a few hours later.
The stitches used during the S Lift procedure dissolve on their own with a few days, leaving small scars that are minimally visible and can often be concealed by the hairline or natural contours of the face.
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