- A mini facelift lifts the lower third of the face, which includes the jowls and neck.
- It’s typically performed under local anesthesia.
- A mini facelift can last 10 years or longer.
A mini facelift is the perfect procedure for men and women experiencing the first signs of aging, which usually occurs in the 30s and 40s. Facial skin becomes less firm, jowls appear along the jawline, and loose skin starts to sag on the neck. If this is you, a mini facelift might be the solution you’ve been looking for.
A mini facelift lifts the lower third of the face, which includes the jowls and neck. A minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthesia, a mini lift accomplishes many of the same goals as a full facelift but with smaller incisions and shorter downtime. Many patients can return to work and daily activities in under a week.
Mini facelifts appeal to patients seeking gradual, subtle changes that can be done quickly as an outpatient. We do them in our accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) or our Plastic Surgery Suite. This popular procedure has little to no pain and minimal swelling or bruising. After the procedure, a loose fitting dressing is applied. There is some discoloration and bruising, which is normal and generally fades within seven days.
To perform a mini facelift, a surgeon makes an incision in front of the ears and then lifts tissue up and outward to restore contour and definition and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Excess tissue is removed and incisions are closed with sutures. In some instances, a mini facelift can include liposuction to eliminate fat deposits, fat grafting to restore volume, nonsurgical skin repair treatments to remove other signs of aging. Other surgical enhancements commonly combined with a mini facelift include neck lift, mid facelift (from the cheekbones to the jaw), brow lift and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
Typically, a mini facelift can last 10 or more years. The aging process continues after you’ve had the surgery, so skin and facial muscles will sag and droop again, but much later than without facial surgery. How long a mini facelift will last depends on several factors, including skin and age. Talk with your plastic surgeon about what you can expect.
Additional information is available from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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