Everything You Need to Know About Mini Facelifts

January 18, 2022 Tags:

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As we age, our skin begins to lose the tautness and firmness it once had, especially in the face. Some common effects of aging include loose, sagging skin and weakened muscles in the face. There are many options to restore your skin and reverse the signs of aging. Non-surgical options include lasers, Botox, injectable fillers, and other treatments.

If you’re looking to address sagging skin, a mini facelift, also known as a short scar facelift, could be the best option for you.

What Is a Mini Facelift?

Like a regular facelift, a mini facelift still requires surgery but addresses a smaller area of the face. During a mini facelift, the surgeon will make an incision right in front of the ear to address loose skin and tighten tissue located just below the skin. The surgeon will remove excess skin and then reposition the remaining skin to lay smoothly. Then, the surgeon will close the incision, hiding the scar just in front of the ear. The surgery takes around two hours.

Mini Facelift Benefits

One of the most appealing benefits of a mini facelift is that it results in a much shorter scar than a regular facelift, as there is only a scar in front of the ear. With a regular facelift, the scar extends around the bottom of the earlobe and behind the ear. However, because the scar is shorter in a mini facelift, this procedure doesn’t allow for lifting the loose skin around the neck as sufficiently as a regular facelift does.

Who is the Best Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

Mini facelifts are the best option for those who desire improvement in the midface (the area between the corners of the eye and the corners of the mouth) and jowls but have minimal loose skin around the neck.

Mini Facelift Recovery

Full recovery from a mini facelift could take a few weeks. Similar to many other cosmetic surgeries, final results will show after some healing time. Potential discomfort, temporary numbness, bruising, and swelling are common. You will also need to see your surgeon several times post-surgery to monitor your healing.

Are There Risks Involved With a Mini Facelift?

There are risks for complications with any surgery, and some may not be good candidates. For example, patients who smoke cigarettes are not good candidates as they may have trouble healing post-surgery.

Should You Get a Mini Facelift?

If you’re interested in getting a mini facelift, the first place to start is with a consultation. Dr. Wendel is a board-certified plastic surgeon who will guide you through your best options, including mini facelift costs and alternatives. Schedule your mini facelift consultation at Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery today!

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