A mini facelift is a less-invasive surgical procedure designed to correct early signs of aging. Typically, results are more subtle than a traditional facelift. Specifically targeted areas are contoured and smoothed. A mini facelift can repair minor sagging in the cheeks, jawline, and neck. The procedure can be performed on its own or alongside other facial rejuvenation procedures such as an eyelid lift, neck lift, or browlift to help achieve optimal results.
How Does It Work?
Mini facelifts can be done with either local or general anesthesia to keep you as comfortable as possible during your procedure. Similar to a traditional facelift, incisions are made in front of and behind the ear. However, the incisions are much shorter and the amount of skin lifted is reduced.
During the procedure, Dr. Farole will lift, reposition, and remove facial tissue until desired results are achieved. The incisions are then meticulously closed to keep scarring and side effects to a minimum. The outpatient procedure can often be done in less than two hours.
Because less damage is done to surrounding tissue with a mini facelift, recovery time is also lessened. Most patients are able to return to work within 5-10 days post-surgery. Non-strenuous activities can be resumed in as little as 10-14 days.
Is It Right for Me?
A mini facelift is often recommended for patients who want to correct minor signs of aging without undergoing a more intense surgery. If you have sagging skin on the jowls or drooping neck skin, you may be a good candidate for a mini facelift.
Ideal patients are generally younger (between 40 and 60), are in good overall health, and retain skin elasticity in the neck and cheeks. At your in-person consultation, Dr. Farole will do a complete facial evaluation to help determine what procedure is right for you.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Healing time varies on a case by case basis. It can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks for full results to become evident. With a good skincare routine and healthy lifestyle, a mini facelift can last for years to come.
As signs of aging begin to redevelop, you may choose to have a secondary procedure performed.