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A mini facelift is a modified version of the traditional full facelift. This procedure can be a great option for patients who have a youthful look across the midface and upper face but are concerned about signs of aging in the lower face. Facial sculpting expert Dr. Jason Emer and his team of skilled West Hollywood plastic surgeons provide exceptional facial rejuvenation results with the mini facelift and other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures by tailoring your treatment to your unique anatomy and aesthetic goals.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
A mini facelift is a surgical procedure that resolves signs of aging in the lower face. In contrast, a full facelift is a more complex plastic surgery that can address concerns in the lower face as well as drooping cheeks and other issues in the midface.
The mini facelift can be a good alternative for patients who do not need or want a full facelift but still want to achieve significant improvements in terms of facial rejuvenation. The mini facelift is often performed to address moderate jowls and loose skin along the jawline.
The mini facelift does not treat signs of aging in the upper face. If a patient has significant drooping or sagging in the upper face, a mini facelift can be combined with an eyelid lift or brow lift surgery.
Right for you?
Am I a Good Candidate for Mini Facelift?
Mini facelift candidates are typically healthy adults in their forties or fifties who are concerned about sagging skin in the lower face. Younger patients with very early signs of aging, such as minor skin laxity, may be better candidates for non-surgical facial rejuvenation.
Older patients tend to have loose skin in the midface as well as along the jawline, making them better candidates for a full facelift. A full facelift may also be recommended for patients with advanced signs of aging in the lower face.
Dr. Emer and his team can determine if a full facelift, mini facelift, or alternative facial rejuvenation treatment is best for you. The first step is to meet with Dr. Emer for a consultation, so he can assess your facial tissues and learn about your goals for the procedure. He can then develop your customized treatment plan.
Mini Facelift Procedure
What to Expect
Your mini facelift will be customized for your needs. The plastic surgeon will review the specifics of your treatment, as well as pre- and post-operative instructions prior to your surgery.
At the start of a mini facelift surgery, anesthesia is administered. Once it has taken effect, the plastic surgeon will make one incision around each ear.
Next, the surgeon will gently lift the facial tissue as needed to restore more youthful contours. Excess skin can then be removed, and the remaining skin will be redraped and secured with sutures.
Mini Facelift Recovery
What to Expect
Mini facelift patients should plan for a week of downtime and time off work—about half the downtime required after a full facelift. Swelling and bruising are a normal part of the healing process, and medications can be prescribed to mitigate discomfort.
You will be given detailed instructions for your recovery, including how to care for your incision sites, special instructions for bathing, and activity restrictions. It is important to follow all aftercare guidelines to support optimal healing.
Mini Facelift Results
You will start to see the results of your mini facelift within two to three weeks as post-operative swelling and bruising dissipate. You will continue to see gradual improvements over the next several weeks. Complete results will be visible once the area has fully healed.
Your body’s natural aging process and your lifestyle choices will affect how long your mini facelift results last. In general, patients can expect improvements to last about 10 years.
Mini Facelift: The Dr. Emer Difference
Dr. Emer is a pioneer in advanced non-surgical combination treatments that provide transformational enhancement. Dr. Emer designs his customized facial rejuvenation protocols with care to honor the patient’s unique aesthetic goals and to provide the safest, most effective treatment approach.
To achieve the most balanced and natural-looking facial rejuvenation results, he may recommend combining your mini facelift with minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as:
- Non-surgical brow lift
- Thread lifting with Silhouette InstaLift or NovaThreads
- Dermal fillers to restore volume and smooth out wrinkles and lines in the midface or upper face
- External radiofrequency skin tightening and collagen stimulation
Neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau, or Xeomin to relax creases and folds
Mini Facelift Benefits
A mini facelift can be an ideal solution for qualified patients whose treatment goals do not require the more intensive full facelift procedure. Benefits of a mini facelift include:
- Tightens and lifts the skin on the lower face
- Improves jawline contours
- Smaller incisions than a full facelift
- Shorter procedure than a full facelift
- Less downtime than a full facelift
- Long-lasting results
How Much Does a Mini Facelift Cost?
The price of your mini facelift will be determined by the complexity of your specific procedure. Combining the mini facelift with additional facial surgeries or non-surgical treatments will affect the overall cost of your facial rejuvenation as well. Once Dr. Emer has developed your treatment plan, you will receive complete pricing details.
Schedule a Consultation
To find out if a mini facelift is the best facial rejuvenation option for you, contact our West Hollywood office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Emer and his experienced team look forward to helping you achieve a more youthful, refreshed facial appearance.