Facelift / Mini Facelift - Boston South Shore

Facelift / Mini Lift

The facelift is a surgical procedure to tighten lax facial skin and muscles by returning them to their youthful position. The facelift often includes removing excess fat and skin, or jowls. All scars are hidden well behind your ear. The surgery takes 4 to 5 hours and recovery is two weeks.

Dr. Hamori describes when a facelift is the best choice—and how a mini facelift might be the answer.

Full facelift or mini facelift?

Patients often ask Dr. Hamori to describe the difference between a neck lift and a face lift. She answers, “Typically, a facelift usually includes a neck lift. A mini facelift, which resolves lax cheek skin usually in younger women, does not.”

As we age, the neck muscle called the “platysma” loosens and fatty deposits develop underneath its surface. This creates an aged appearance. A neck lift removes this excess fat and tightens the platysma muscle in the midline to restore a more youthful appearance. For those over 50, the neck lift is best when used in combination with a face lift. The neck lift leaves a similar scar as a face lift—in front of and behind each ear.

Not quite ready for a facelift? Explore Ultherapy as a non-surgical alternative.

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  • Facelift Resources

    For more information on facelift surgery, please visit:

    The website is a project of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, which will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and answer many common questions. Review of this site will also allow you to ask informed questions when you meet with Dr. Hamori for your surgical consultation.

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    Facelift surgery explained.

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