A mini facelift is the perfect procedure for men and women experiencing the first signs of aging, usually during their 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 right for you.
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 facelift accomplishes many of the same goals as a full facelift, but with smaller incisions and less downtime. Many patients can return to work and daily activities in under a week.
About the Mini Facelift Procedure
Mini facelifts appeal to patients seeking gradual, subtle changes that can be done on an outpatient basis with a short recovery time. This popular procedure has little to no pain and minimal swelling or bruising. After the procedure, a loose-fitting dressing is applied. There’s some discoloration and bruising, which is normal and generally fades within seven days.
To perform a mini facelift, a board-certified Kelsey-Seybold plastic surgeon makes an incision in front of the ears and then lifts tissue up and outward to restore contour and definition while reducing 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, or non-surgical skin repair treatments to reduce 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).
How Long Will a Mini Facelift Last?
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 the surgery. Talk with your Kelsey-Seybold plastic surgeon about what you can expect from a mini facelift.