Mini Face Lift (S-Lift) Procedure in South Florida

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What is S-Lift surgery?

An S-Lift is a facelift that helps to restore mild to moderate sagging jowls and tighten the cheek skin. It is less extensive than other facelifts, but also has less downtime. To optimize results, an S-lift is often combined with laser resurfacing which will add additional tightening and smoothing of the skin. An S-lift can be performed under local anesthesia using numbing medication with the tumescent technique. A medication may be given to help you relax. After the procedure, you will have some swelling in your cheeks as well as experience a sensation of tightness. Because of the bruising and swelling with an S-lift, expect to take 7-10 days off from work.

What do I need to do before the procedure?

Please stop all aspirin or aspirin-related products two weeks before the operation as well as all anti-inflammatory medications including Advil/Ibuprofen/Naproxen/Vioxx/Celebrex or others at least 10 days before the operation. Please stop Ginkgo Biloba, Vitamin E and Vitamin C at least 10 days before surgery. You should arrange to have someone pick you up after surgery as you will not be able to drive.

What can I expect on the day of the surgery?

You should eat a light meal before your surgery. After greeting you and having you fill out the consent forms, Dr. Weiss will mark your face with a surgical pen. You will be given some relaxation medicine and we will then numb your face with injections. Initially, there will be some sharpness from the small needle, but then you will feel only pressure.

What can I expect after the surgery?

You should place ice bags over both of your cheeks for 20 minutes per hour while you’re awake for at least the first 72 hours after the procedure. You should avoid lying down and elevate your head when going to bed. You should take it easy for the next 2 weeks. No heavy physical exertion. You may resume jogging and non-contact sports 3 weeks after the surgery. You may resume more strenuous sports at 6 weeks. You will need to keep the suture areas dry for 48 hours and may gently shampoo your hair 72 hours following the surgery. You will need to return the day following the operation for a dressing change, and so that Dr. Weiss can make sure everything is going well.

If you are interested in S-Lift surgery, please use the form on this page to schedule a consultation at Hollywood Dermatology or visit our contact page for information about our South Florida locations.

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