About the RT Mini Facelift
The RT Mini Facelift is a novel surgical procedure designed by Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Raghu Athré. The RT Mini Facelift was specifically designed with younger patients in mind who want a freshened appearance, but might not be able to afford the downtime associated with a traditional facelift procedure.
“I kept seeing patients who have mild aging changes in their face. Today’s patients are more active and need a procedure that is tailored to their lifestyle. The RT Mini Facelift was designed with those patients in mind.”
– Dr. Athré
Dr. Athré not only designed and perfected this procedure, he believes in it. The RT Mini Facelift combines the best of several facelift techniques to give the patient all of the benefits associated with a full facelift, but with a reduced downtime and recovery period.
The RT Mini Face Lift Explained
Though age is not an absolute criterion, the average RT Mini Facelift patient is in their forties or fifties. Those who want to avoid the typical downtime and recovery period of a traditional facelift are excellent candidates for the RT Mini Facelift.
Candidates include people who:
- Have early signs of aging with deepened smile lines
- Cannot take time away from their busy schedules
- Just require a touch up rather than a traditional procedure
The Difference Between Traditional Mini Facelifts and the RT Mini Facelift
There are numerous mini facelift procedures for Houston residents to consider. These procedures attempt to reverse the signs of aging by just tightening the skin, or by using barbed sutures in the face, or by trying to suspend the face with permanent sutures. The results in these procedures are short-lived because these procedures do not address the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) like a traditional facelift.
What's the Difference Between a Full Face Lift and the RT Mini Face Lift?
RT Mini Facelift Process
In general, the technique used for the RT Mini Facelift is the same as in a facelift. The incision is hidden in the hair above the ear and camouflaged in the ear canal, and then gently wraps around the ear lobe and then disappears in the crease behind the ear. The only difference between a traditional facelift process and the RT Mini Facelift is that the RT Mini Facelift addresses a smaller area of concern.
Patients with significant aging and a very heavy neck may be better served by a traditional facelift. This procedure is often performed with other facial enhancement procedures such as eyelid surgery.
Recovery and Results
RT Mini Facelift patients have their procedure done on an outpatient basis. Because incisions are smaller, bruising and swelling are drastically reduced. Most patients are on their feet the very next day and back to work within 5 days. The RT Lift tightens, repositions, and re-drapes the SMAS just like a traditional facelift, thereby giving the patient a fresh new look that lasts.
How much does an RT Mini Facelift cost?
An RT Mini Facelift starts at $8,500 and varies depending on anatomy, and anesthesia type.
How is this different than a normal facelift?
An RT Mini Facelift requires less downtime and is less invasive than a normal surgical facelift. Candidates may show early signs of aging and do not require as dramatic of a procedure as a normal facelift.
What is the best age to get an RT Mini Facelift?
Patients in their late 20s and 30s may be best positioned to get the most out of a mini facelift.
How long is the recovery period?
The recovery period for an RT Mini Facelift is shorter than a regular facelift procedure at only a few days.
“I was 55 years old with the neck of a 70 plus year old woman. I had seen & had other work done by older plastic surgeons that used ‘old school’ techniques. I elected to have Dr. Athre do a mini face lift & upper eye lift. I was amazed at the end product. It literally took 10 plus years off my face. He uses new age techniques & he is absolutely amazing and does incredible work. I won’t let another plastic surgeon do any facial work on me except him. He also has a wonderful personality and makes you feel very well taken care of.”