Facelift / Mini Facelift - Boston South Shore

Facelift / Mini Lift / InstaLift

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.

Minimally invasive Silhouette InstaLift

Instalift logoDr. Hamori is a big supporter of non-surgical options when they provide good results. The Silhouette InstaLift is a minimally invasive, thread lift technique to recontour the face and provide quick results for a more youthful appearance — with little downtime.

The procedure uses a dissolvable, absorbable suture with absorbable cones to provide physical lifting without the need for surgery. It requires a local anesthetic and approximately 45 minutes to complete. Some swelling or bruising can be expected, but patients can return to work the next day. Results last 1 to 2 years.

Screenshot of episode of The Doctors TV show discussing Instalift

Add a peel for a more youthful complexion

Additionally, Dr. Hamori may suggest a TCA Peel or a Jessner Peel as part of your facial transformation. These chemical peels are different and stronger than the peels offered in our Skin Spa, and they are performed by Dr. Hamori in the operating room. A TCA Peel (trichloroacetic acid) dries the top layers of skin causing them to peel off over several days, as a treatment to reduce  brown spots, uneven pigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun exposure and age. A Jessners Peel works similarly using a combination of resorcinol, salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid) and lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid). Dr. Hamori can choose a peel that is best suited for you.

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

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  • Before And After

    Patient 1 - Facelift

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    Patient 2 - Facelift with fat grafting and a TCA peel

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    Patient 3 - Facelift

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    Patient 4 - Facelift

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    Patient 5 - Facelift

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    View more facial contouring photos in the Before + After Gallery.

    Patient 1 - InstaLift

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    Patient 2 - InstaLift

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    View more facial contouring photos in the Before + After Gallery.

    Copyright Notice: © 2019 Christine A. Hamori, MD. All images property of Dr. Christine Hamori unless otherwise noted. Do not copy, download or distribute without express written permission. All rights reserved.

  • 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.

Are you considering a facelift?

Christine A. Hamor, MDi

“Facial surgery is a big decision and I understand you have many questions. Why not get the conversation started?”

Christine A. Hamori, MD, FACS
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