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Micro-Mini Lift®: Shorter Recovery Time Than a Facelift

About Michael Godin

Dr. Michael Godin is a double board-certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Godin specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, eyelids, face, ears, neck, and related structures.

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About Dr. Hootan Zandifar

Dr. Hootan Zandifar is board-certified in Otolaryngology and fellowship-trained in Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Zandifar is the director of the Skin Center at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers.

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Question: I am currently in my 40s and I have recently started to think about a facelift to enhance my appearance and give me a more youthful look. Because of my busy lifestyle, I feel that I may not be the best candidate for a full facelift. My friends told me about the Micro-Mini Lift for those who may not have the need or the time for a full facelift. How does the Micro-Mini Lift result in a shortened overall recovery time?

Discussion:

Traditional facelift procedures oftentimes require that a large incision be made in the areas directly in front of and behind the ears. Micro-Mini Lift incisions are comparatively smaller resulting in decreased surgical trauma risk and recovery time. More extensive lifting up of the skin through these designs naturally results in a greater degree of swelling and potential bruising which takes more time to resolve. Some surgeons have resorted to placing drains to cope with the problem and this practice is not always successful. Micro-Mini Lift are comparatively smaller and generally result in decreased surgical trauma and recovery time.

Figure 1: Schematic comparison between micro-mini lift (left) and traditional face lift (left) incisions and areas of elevation.
Figure 1: Schematic comparison between micro-mini lift (left) and traditional face lift (left) incisions and areas of elevation.

All facelift procedures, including the Micro-Mini Lift, should be performed by qualified and experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons. These surgeons possess extensive training and clinical experience in dealing with cosmetic and reconstructive considerations of the face.

Micro-Mini Lift procedure
Figure 2: 53-year-old woman prior to surgery (left) and nine months after Micro-Mini Lift procedure (right).

Dr. Michael Godin, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute, developed and regularly performs the Micro-Mini Lift procedure. Dr. Godin is nationally renowned for his expertise in facial plastic surgery and has pioneered several facial plastic procedures. His double board certification in otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery allows him to address cosmetic concerns of the face with the constant goal of delivering outstanding results in a way that is safe, reliable, and natural looking.

Key Points:

  • The Micro-Mini Lift procedure was developed to improve the firmness of the jawline, neck, and overall appearance of the face and neck in less time than a traditional facelift procedure.
  • The Micro-Mini Lift procedure is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that provides patients with an alternative when traditional facelift options may not yet be possible or appropriate.
  • Surgical incisions are significantly smaller than those seen in traditional facelift procedures.
  • The Micro-Mini Lift provides greater protection to delicate underlying structures of the face and promotes a shortened overall recovery time.
  • All facelift procedures, including the Micro-Mini Lift, should be performed by qualified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
  • Michael Godin, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute, developed and regularly performs the Micro-Mini Lift procedure.

To learn more about Dr. Michael Godin or the Micro-Mini Lift, please visit: www.ohni.org.

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