Frequently asked questions about the deep plane minituck
What is a deep plane minituck?
The deep plane minituck is a type of facelift that involves less of the face than a deep plane facelift. As we age, patches of adipose tissue in our cheeks shrink and migrate down, leading to sagging skin and loss of volume in that part of the face.A minituck reverses this process, at least temporarily, and it is actually the most common type of facelift.Itcan often be done in a few hours under local anesthesia, and it restores the lines of the chin, neck and jaw while smoothing the skin of the lower cheeks.The recovery time is shorter, and there is less risk of scarring.It is available in Charlotte, NC.
How is a deep plane minituck done?
The surgeon starts by making an incision around the ear. Then he or she lifts the connective tissue under the skin of the cheeks, as well as the fat and muscle if necessary, and releases the ligaments.This raises the lines of the jaw, jowl and mouth.
How long is the recovery period?
With proper self-care, you should be able to get back to normal activity within two weeks. Of course, you won’t know if the operation has been a success until the swelling has gone down.
Is a minituck the best procedure for me?
Only your facial plastic surgeon can tell you if the minituck best suits your needs, or if some other procedure would be better. You should ask about it if the skin around your mouth and neck is especially loose. Looseness of the skin around the neck should be caused only bylaxity of skin and muscle, not by excess fat under the neck, looseness of the submandibular glands or both. This is a determination that only an experiencedfacial plastic surgeon can make.
The deep plane minituck is a very challenging form of surgery to perform, and not every surgeon can do it well. The best surgeon to go to for a deep plane minituck in the Charlotte area is Dr. Sean Freeman. He has been certified by two different boards of surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has focused on facial plastic surgery, and he is a pioneer in the use of the deep plane minituck. He has also developed a procedure called the SignatureLift, which is of particular help to younger patients and patients who have already had a facelift. If you live in the Charlotte area and are interested in a deep plane minituck, schedule your appointment or online consultation today.