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Mini Facelift

Mini Facelift – Short-Scar Facelift – Sarasota, FL

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Overview

One way to improve the appearance of aged skin with lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin is with a mini facelift. Also known as a short-scar facelift, this surgery is less invasive than a traditional facelift but can still achieve marked, long-lasting results. Dr. Braun Graham*, Dr. David Mobley, Dr. Scott Engel, and Dr. Brian Derby, are experienced in performing the mini facelift. Using shorter incisions, our surgeons can target the middle and lower face of aging patients. It’s important to note that the mini facelift doesn’t get the same dramatic results of a facelift, and a facelift may be needed down the road. However, a mini facelift is a great way to rejuvenate the appearance and restore a youthful look.

Surgical Technique

A mini facelift is less invasive than the traditional facelift and will require shorter and less incisions. The incisions will be made around the ears to address the mid and lower sections of the face. The procedure is tailored toward the patient’s particular condition to remove and tighten sagging skin and excess tissue found around the jaw and chin area. By addressing this skin, the face will appear smoother and tighter with less lines and wrinkles. This outpatient surgery typically takes around 3 hours to complete.

During/After Surgery

Before a mini facelift, a patient will receive anesthesia and in many cases, local anesthesia is preferred over general anesthesia. Small incisions will be made around the ears from the earlobes to the hairline to gain access to the underlying tissues and muscles. The surgeon will lift and tighten the tissues and muscles toward the ears to produce tighter, smoother skin to reduce the look of sagging jowls and skin. In addition, this minimizes the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The incisions will be sutured and the surgeon will remove any excess tissue.

After surgery, a patient can expect swelling, bruising, redness, and discomfort in the treatment area. These side effects usually subside within a few weeks. A surgeon will often recommend that the patient wear a compression garment home to reduce swelling. In some cases, a patient can return to work within a week, but it may take several weeks, depending on the patient’s condition. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled a day after surgery and sutures are removed within a week. It’s important to follow a surgeon’s instructions for the best results. Full results can take up to 1 year to be achieved.

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Average Cost  
$7,900 - $8,900
Recovery Time  
2-3 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
3-3.5 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
Varies
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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Mini Facelift FAQs

Best candidates?

The best candidates for a mini facelift are men and women who are beginning to exhibit signs of aging, such as excess skin in the jowls and chin area and lines and wrinkles around the lower face. It’s also recommended for patients who want a dramatic improvement with their appearance with less invasiveness, downtime, and recovery compared to a traditional facelift.

Will it look natural?

Yes, a mini facelift will provide natural-looking results since it aims to restore definition and contour to the face without extensive tightening and skin removal. The surgery will follow the natural contours of the patient’s facial features.

Will there be scars?

Scars will be concealed and shouldn’t be noticeable since incisions are placed around the ears and hairline. The scars will be camouflaged among the face’s natural contours. 

Combining surgeries?

The mini facelift is often combined with a mid facelift, neck lift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery for maximum results. Ask your surgeon what would be the best treatment plan for your needs and goals.

Prolonging effects?

To prolong the effects of a mini facelift, a patient should follow all instructions from the plastic surgeon. It’s also important that the patient follow a good skincare regimen. In addition, laser treatments, injectable wrinkle relaxers and fillers, facials, and chemical peels can be used to get the most benefit out of a mini facelift. 

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The board-certified plastic surgeons of Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Braun Graham*, Dr. David Mobley*, Dr. Scott Engel*, and Dr. Brian Derby, offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results may vary. Individual results are not guaranteed.