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S-Lift New Orleans

Aging of the lower face and neck region can be extremely frustrating. Even in healthy and fit men and women, changes can be seen in the jowl region, under the chin, and in the neck. The hardest part of these changes is that frequently patients do not feel as old as they look. They are in their prime, advancing in their careers, and have energy and passion, but people still overlook them or ask them if they’re tired or not feeling well. Dr. Pelias can address all of these concerns with minimal-downtime techniques including a mini-facelift or S-lift.

A mini-facelift is a short-incision type facelift (“S-lift“), and is a surgical procedure designed to release and reposition the soft tissues of the lower face and neck. This type of limited facelift is appropriate for early aging changes and has a faster recovery than a more complete or full facelift. Dr. Pelias also uses this technique on patients who have had a full face lift in the past, but desire a refinement or touch-up. The effect of this procedure is a natural-appearing rejuvenation – restoring the patient’s face to a more youthful state. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with a mild sedative, using conscious sedation techniques, or under general anesthesia depending largely on patient preference. Dr. Pelias tailors her facelift approach to the specific anatomy of each patient, and works closely with each individual to satisfy specific goals – all the while making sure that, in the end, “you still look like you” …just a younger, more vibrant “you”!

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Candidates for a mini-facelift include all patients with early signs of facial aging, including loose skin in the lower face and jawline region and early jowls. Patients with a prior full face lift in the past may desire this as a refinement or touch-up procedure. The term facelift (or face-lift) can be used by doctors and in the media to imply a wide variety of procedures and approaches.

How long is the “down-time” after a mini-facelift?

For most patients, a week off of work is sufficient. Bruising and swelling will occur immediately after the surgery, and begin to resolve around the third day. The majority of this process resolves in the first week. Further details can be discussed with Dr. Pelias during your confidential consultation.

What is done during an S-lift?

An S shaped section of skin in front of the ear is removed and the muscle and deep tissues are tightened and lifted. Often Dr. Pelias combines this with eyelid surgery and neck liposuction and muscle tightening. Lastly, the skin is closed meticulously with deep sutures that dissolve as well as skin sutures to minimize scarring.

How long does it take?

One to two hours.

Where is it performed?

Because most patients prefer “twilight sleep” or general anesthesia in addition to the numbing medicines, Dr. Pelias performs this procedure in an Accredited Surgical Center in New Orleans or Metairie, Louisiana.

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