If you’re not ready for a full facelift, mini facelift can often be an excellent alternative. Our board certified plastic surgeons, have performed this technique thousands of times with great success. *With their skill and experience, they can achieve beautiful results that are natural-looking and long-lasting.
If you have questions about mini facelift surgery, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn, please contact us today.
There are many reasons why a patient may be better suited to a mini facelift than a full facelift. The primary purpose of a mini facelift is to address mild to moderate skin laxity and other common signs of aging on the lower face, including the mouth, jawline, and chin. This technique typically does not include a neck lift. Since less tissue is affected, mini facelift surgery often has a shorter recovery period than a full facelift. Every treatment plan will be customized, and this method can help men and women restore a more youthful facial appearance. During your initial complimentary consultation, Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn will recommend the best option for you based on your anatomic needs, desired outcome, and lifestyle preferences. Ultimately, however, the final decision will be yours.
*Individual Results May Vary
Mini Facelift Procedure
Mini facelift surgery typically utilizes a shorter scar to reach and restore the treatment area. To elevate the skin to a more youthful position, sutures will be placed deep within the layers of soft tissue, which can help to provide long-lasting results. Once the muscle and fat is lifted, the skin will be smoothly re-draped and the excess trimmed.
Mini Facelift Recovery
Mini facelift is typically an outpatient surgery, so you should be able to return home the same day as the procedure. In many cases, local anesthesia can be used, helping to enhance safety and to reduce the duration of recovery. Most patients report that they are able to return to work and regular activities within approximately one week, although your experience may vary. Incisions will be kept as small and inconspicuous as possible, and they are usually hidden behind the ear or in natural creases. Dr. Hankins and Dr. Sohn typically use dissolvable sutures, so they should not need to be removed. Before you leave the medical center, we will provide detailed instructions on how to care for yourself while healing, and medication will be prescribed to help manage any discomfort.
Learn More About Mini-Facelift Surgery
To help you find the information you need to make the right cosmetic decision for your desired outcome, our plastic surgeons have answered some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about mini facelift surgery. If you have another question not addressed here, or if you’re ready to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our surgeons, please contact our practice today.
How is a mini facelift different from a full facelift?
A facelift is a more comprehensive version of a mini facelift. In the full procedure, the midface and neck are often included with the treatment, while a mini facelift focuses on the mouth, chin, and jaw region. A mini facelift also offers a shorter recovery period for most people, and shorter incisions. If your cosmetic concerns are located primarily in the lower face and you have little to no skin laxity on the neck, a mini facelift may be the ideal approach for you.
Who is a good candidate for a mini facelift?
In addition to being in good general health and having reasonable expectations for the results, patients considering a mini facelift should have a desire to rejuvenate their lower face with lasting effects. If you are developing jowls (excess skin on the jawline and chin) and notice deepening wrinkles around the mouth (often called marionette lines), this technique may be right for you. Most men and women who consider this procedure will be in their 30s to 50s; however, every person experiences the natural aging process differently.
What will my scars look like?
A shorter incision is used during the mini facelift procedure compared with a full facelift. The incision is usually made along the temple near or within the hairline and down around the front of the ear to the lobe. The tissue is then smoothed for a more youthful appearance and trimmed as needed. Once healed, the scars should be fairly inconspicuous, and we can recommend additional treatments to reduce the appearance of this mark if desired.
How long will the results last?
It is our goal to provide long-lasting results, and our skilled surgeons utilize the most advanced techniques available to help provide an enduring outcome. That said, everyone ages at their own unique rate. A mini facelift can help turn back the clock, in a manner of speaking, but it cannot stop it. Many patients enjoy the benefits of this procedure for 10 or even 15 years. To help preserve the effects, we recommend wearing sunscreen year-round, taking excellent care of your skin, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Can I extend the outcome with non-surgical treatment?
Cosmetic injectables can be an excellent way to maintain a youthful appearance after a mini facelift, and patients often combine the effects of both procedures for more comprehensive improvement. Dermal fillers and neuromodulators can help keep fine lines and deeper wrinkles from developing and restore volume, but they cannot reduce skin laxity. Therefore, non-surgical methods can help extend your results, but they cannot replace a surgical procedure.
For more information about mini facelift surgery, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you soon.