Refresh Lift Overview
This is our most popular facelift procedure. We have a number of patients in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s that have come to us with mild to moderate sagging in their faces and necks that are looking for a less invasive alternative to the traditional facelift, one that uses shorter scars, takes less time to do, has a shorter recovery time, and still gives a great result. We started doing our shorter scar facelift several years ago, calling it by various awkward names around the office including the limited incision facelift, short scar facelift, “Cheri Special” (one of our early patients!), mini-lift, and others. When a post-op patient commented on how she didn’t look artificial or “weird” after her facelift, just refreshed looking, the name stuck. We’ve been calling it the “Refresh Lift” ever since!
Patients that see the most benefit from the Refresh Lift are typically patients in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s with mild to moderate sagging in their face, jowls, and neck. Patients with significant sagging of skin excess, particularly in the neck, are better candidates for a full facelift.
We have also found this makes a good facelift for those who have undergone a facelift in the past, have lost some of their correction, and are ready for a “re-do”. In fact, one of our early patients with this new technique was an energetic woman in her eighties who wanted her 25-year-old facelift “tightened up”. Along with the patient, we were very pleased with the result we were able to achieve.
Around 1 in 3 facelifts performed nationwide in 2017 was classified as a “mini” or “limited” facelift. This is a relatively new procedure, and was not counted in the nationwide statistics until recently.
Your First Visit
At your initial consultation we will evaluate your face, review your photographs, and discuss ways we can achieve the look you want. In addition to a Refresh Lift, we may discuss other procedures such as upper and lower lid blepharoplasty, injectable fillers, fat transfer, Botox, skin procedures, etc. that could improve the overall result you see with your facelift. We will review the procedure, showing photographs and diagrams on how it is performed, and come up with an operative plan that suits your needs. Of course, we will ask you about your overall health history and medications to make sure we can do the operation safely. If you have certain medical conditions we may need to contact your primary physician prior to surgery for medical clearance.