A facelift smoothes the loose skin on your face and neck, tightens underlying tissues and removes excess fat. As a result, your face will appear firmer and fresher.

Is a facelift right for me?

Facelifts are most commonly performed on patients in the 40 – 60 age range. However, the procedure can produce good results for people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s as well. You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you have any of the following types of conditions:

  • A deep line that runs from the corner of you nose to the corner of you mouth
  • Loss of a well-defined jaw line
  • Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging skin near the cheekbones
  • Loose skin, wrinkles or excess fatty tissue in the neck


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How is a facelift performed?

The technique chosen for your surgery depends on your features, your surgeon’s preferences and your desired results.

There are many variations to the facelift procedure. However, the incision is typically hidden in the natural contour of your ear, and then extends around the earlobe and back into the hairline. Following surgery, the incisions are easily concealed by your hair or with makeup. There may also be a small incision hidden beneath your chin.

Working through these incisions, your plastic surgeon frees the facial skin from its underlying tissues and pulls it upward and back. The excess skin is then faceliftremoved. In some cases, the deeper tissues may also be repositioned to restore a more youthful contour to your face. If necessary, an incision under the chin allows your surgeon to remove fatty tissue in that area and smooth the cord-like structures of the underlying muscle in the neck.

Mini Euro Facelift

The Mini Euro Facelift has become an incredibly popular office procedure at Heartland Plastic Surgery. In a one to two hour office procedure, and at a fraction of the cost of an operating room procedure, you can have a minimal incision facelift that can restore your cheekbones, dramatically lessen your jowling, and smoothen your skin, sometimes even in the neck.

The Mini Euro Facelift is performed with an optional oral pain medication and relaxant, under local anesthesia, while listening to CD’s and conversing with Dr. Cherny and his staff.  In the basic Mini Euro, a small incision is made in front of the ear and in the sideburn. The muscular and fibrous layer beneath is tightened, lifting up the jowl, nasolabial fold, and cheekbone.  The facial skin is pulled up with it.  The excess skin is tucked and tailored back into place.  While many patients have only needed Tylenol after the Mini Euro, a pain medication and antibiotic are prescribed as a precaution. Patients may shower and shampoo the next day, and sutures are removed in a week.

In the Mini Euro Deluxe, a neck lift is added.  While this procedure cannot fix the bands that some form below the chin, it can tighten the neck and give added power to the correction of the jawline.  While performing the Mini Euro, added maneuvers to tighten the muscle and skin of the neck are added.

Suitable patients have opted to have other youthfulizing procedures added to the Mini Euro. These have included eyelid tucks, CO2 laser rejuvenation to eyelids and lip lines, and lip augmentation.

To undergo the Mini Euro, as in all elective cosmetic surgery, a patient’s health has to be satisfactory and an understanding of the risks and realistic benefits of the procedure are essential.  Because this is a mini face lift with many of the benefits of a full facelift, the risks of bleeding, nerve injury and other problems are similarly reduced.

The Mini Euro facelift is Dr. Cherny’s answer to changing desires on the part of his patients.  While many other Plastic Surgeons continue to stress large and expensive operative facial surgery.  Dr. Cherny has recognized his patient’s desire for less invasive and less expensive procedures without sacrificing the benefits.  This is really a recognition of national trends in Plastic Surgery.

The Mini Euro is also Dr. Cherny’s answer to less effective, faddish procedures such as the use of threads for facelifting.  Many surgeons nationally are abandoning this procedure, which is more painful and less effective than originally described. At Heartland, it is our desire to provide a good value in addition to a safe and pleasant experience.


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*Disclaimer: Results May Vary