Will a Mini Facelift Get Rid of My Nasolabial Folds?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I will be visiting you soon for a custom jaw implant. I wanted to ask if it is OK to do a one stitch facelift /mini facelift to pull the skin around the nasolabial folds and cheeks to the ears to eliminate nasolabial creases. Would an Endotine device provide a long term permanent solution by anchoring around the ears to give a permanent results. Of course natural aging will occur but would essentially the surgery and fixation make it impossible for the skin to retract to allow cheeks and nasolabial folds to crease again once a mini face lift is preformed. Also can jaw / chin implant be done post face lift.
A: There is no operation that effectively resolves nasolabial folds including a facelift. Short of direct excision no form of a facelift can solve them beyond the initially swelling period, certainly not any form of a mini facelift. The concept of a more permanent result, particularly at reducing the nasolabial folds is not achievable as you have described it.
Dr. Barry Eppley