Overview of the Mini Facelift

Facelift surgery continues to be one of the most popular procedures for men and women who want to tighten up sagging skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and rejuvenate their look. However, facelift surgery can be painful and requires a long recovery time. The mini facelift is a popular alternative to the traditional facelift, and is now available at many cosmetic and plastic surgery centers around the country.

Get in touch with a cosmetic or plastic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for a mini facelift. Your surgeon will be able to explain the pros and cons of this procedure, and explain how this type of facelift can rejuvenate your appearance.

How the Mini Facelift is Performed

The mini facelift is typically performed on an outpatient basis because it does not require any large incisions or stitches. The mini facelift focuses on several delicate areas of the face, including the jawline, neck and folds around the nose. The doctor makes very small incisions in these areas to reposition the tissues and remove excess fatty deposits. In some cases, facial tissue and skin are removed to create a smoother, more contoured appearance.

After the excess fat cells have been removed with liposuction and the facial tissues have been repositioned to create a more contoured appearance, the surgeon may recommend filling parts of the face with injectable fillers, and tightening the skin with a series of skin tightening treatments. These additional procedures are typically performed several weeks after the initial part of the facelift has been completed. The facial tissues need to heal completely before any type of filler is injected into the skin.

Overall, the mini facelift is a minimally-invasive procedure and is less costly than a traditional facelift. It can be performed in a few hours, and any pain associated with the procedure can be managed with painkillers, heat packs and ice.

Best Candidates for the Mini Facelift

The mini facelift is a good match for men and women who want to reduce or eliminate the common signs of aging, such as deep wrinkles, sagging skin and hollowed facial areas. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so patients who are juggling a busy work schedule or do not have time to recover from an extensive surgery may be good candidates for this type of procedure.

The best candidates for the mini facelift are men and women who:

  • Have relatively healthy skin
  • Want to improve the contours of their face
  • Are in their 30s and 40s, and in relatively good health
  • Are looking for a short-term solution to get rid of wrinkles
  • Prefer not to undergo extensive surgery
  • Are not healthy enough to tolerate the effects of general anesthesia

Learn more about facelift surgery in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for a mini facelift.