Beverly Hills Facelift Surgery
Dr. Mani’s “Total Composite Flap Facelift” procedure has just been published in the leading academic journal devoted to aesthetic surgery, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, as a new and very natural approach to facial rejuvenation. In the article Dr. Mani describes his technique in detail for other plastic surgeons, using his original artwork. Click on the images below to see the article in pdf form:
Dr. Marc Mani is one of the most renowned facelift surgeons in the world, having developed minimally-invasive techniques that require minimal incisions, and pioneering new technology (called Harmonic technology) to reduce swelling and speed recovery time to less than a week. Dr. Mani has attracted worldwide attention by professional associations and patients alike for his innovative approach to facelift surgery.
Dr. Mani’s technique uses Harmonic (ultrasonic) technology to elevate the deeper, muscular layer of the face and neck rather than simply pulling on the skin. This results in a more natural yet much younger appearance and invisible or virtually invisible incisions.
Dr. Mani believes in the value of an expertly performed and discreet facelift. He understands that his patients want to look like a better, more refreshed version of themselves, and he offers the technology and skill to accomplish that goal. Dr. Mani’s patients often look 10 to 15 years younger after facelift.
What Facelift Will Correct
With age, the body slows down production of collagen and elastin — proteins that are vital to maintaining a youthful appearance. Other factors, such as sun damage and genetics, can also be detrimental to the facial skin and features. The skin becomes thinner, loses its elastic quality and starts to wrinkle and sag. The facial muscles may also lose their tone, and facial fat may migrate to unwanted areas.
Facelift surgery targets common signs of aging, including the following:
- Wrinkles, lines and creases
- Facial folds
- Sagging in the midface
- Fat displacement
- Marionette lines
- Double chin
- A slackened jawline
Facelift is often performed in conjunction with neck lift, which enhances the contour and profile of the neck. Neck lift removes loose-hanging skin and surplus fat (often using liposuction techniques), tightens the neck muscles and remaining skin and smoothes horizontal neck bands. The incisions for neck lift are placed inconspicuously underneath the chin and behind the ear.
Your Surgical Consultation
You will have the opportunity to discuss facelift with Dr. Mani during a one-on-one consultation. At this appointment, Dr. Mani will take down your medical history to determine your overall health status. He will examine your facial skin and features, inquire about your ideal facelift results and then explain the procedure and his personal approach. Together, you will set reasonable goals of surgery, as well as discuss the possible (rare) risks. Dr. Mani will show you before-and-after photographs to give you a better idea of what facelift surgery can accomplish.
After scheduling your procedure, you will receive a packet of instructions for preparing for surgery. These instructions will include a list of medications to avoid prior to surgery, as well as other guidelines to follow before surgery.
Facelift is performed on an outpatient basis at our accredited surgical facility. Anesthesia medication will be administered for your complete comfort during surgery. The duration of the operation will vary, depending on whether other procedures (e.g., neck lift, eyelid surgery) are combined with facelift.
To begin, Dr. Mani will make incisions around the hairline at the temple, just inside the ear then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending in the scalp. Through the incisions, he will gently lift and reposition the deep layers of facial tissue. He will also tighten the facial and neck muscles, and remove excess skin. When Dr. Mani is finished making the necessary surgical modifications, he will close the incisions with sutures and place fluffy bandages.
Dr. Mani uses Harmonic technology for his facelift procedures. This technology, available through Johnson & Johnson, enables Dr. Mani to gently separate the facial tissues with ultrasound energy. This reduces post-operative bruising and swelling and makes the recovery process quicker.
The endoscopic midface lift may be performed on patients in their mid-30s to 40s whose facial aging is mostly limited to the midface region (i.e., do not have significant jowling, or sagging of the jawline). To perform the endoscopic midface lift, Dr. Mani makes the surgical incisions in the temporal hairline and inside the mouth.
Recovering from Surgery
After surgery, your face and neck will have noticeable swelling and bruising; these symptoms will improve with time. If you experience any discomfort, you can take oral pain medication as prescribed by Dr. Mani.
It’s important to rest your body as it heals from your operation. Avoid any overly strenuous activity but take short walks to promote good circulation. Get plenty of rest and follow all of Dr. Mani’s instructions.
You will have several follow-up appointments with Dr. Mani, during which he will check your healing progress and remove sutures. He will advise when it is safe to resume work and exercise. In most cases, facelift patients are back to work within a week to 10 days.
Facelift scars from the incisions will flatten and fade over time. They are also inconspicuously placed so they won’t be detectable.
After healing from surgery, your face and neck skin will look tighter and more toned. Your features will look more defined and overall you will appear more rested and rejuvenated.
Dr. Mani’s facelift patients typically look 10 to 15 years younger after surgery.