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.
Mini Facelift Reviews
"Rhinoplasty, Mini Face Lift - This is my second surgical experience with Dr. Mobley and his practice. I received the same excellent care I had previously experienced with Dr. Mobley this time around. I was so happy with my results for my face lift in 2014 that I came back for my rhinoplasty on March 9. The results are exactly what I wanted. I also had a mini facelift that turned out very good. The care was excellent from start to finish, pain minimal, and I can go back to my life quickly. I am sure that I will be back in the future for further care. Everyone did their job well, they were all pleasant and very helpful. I am just so happy with the results!I think the single best thing besides the results are the staff working for Dr. Mobley and Dr. Mobley himself. Everyone is so pleasant and professional. That really does count for a lot. I like the fact that the surgery is carried out at the same facility and I go home at the end of the day."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jul 31, 2017
"The doctor listened to me, explained the procedures, manipulated my face with his fingers to approximate results of the procedures, and the fee was provided and discussed with the patient coordinator before I left.I had also attended the seminar prior to my consult. It provided much needed background knowledge. "
"Wanted to Look Younger and Feel Better About my Self. - Doctor Derby is an excellent physician. He is there for you at any time if you need assistance. I was fully satisfied with my results. My friends were very complimentary about his work. He loves his job and wants the best results for you. I am extremely satisfied with my plastic surgeon."- Y.P. / RealSelf / Aug 01, 2017
"58 Year Old Female in Good Health, Non-smoker - I had an excellent experience with Dr Bran Derby with a mini face lift and lower blepharoplasty. The results met and exceeded my expectations. Dr. Derby not only has exceptional surgical skills but his bedside manner put me at ease and made the process good from the decision making through the post op process. The nurses are also excellent and caring. 5 stars!"- J. / RealSelf / Jul 22, 2017
"forever yuoung at 61 - Had a mini lift 17yrs ago, choose my Dr because of a lower price, wrong wrong wrong! One eye was different y ears were lopsided and mouth crooked., and huge white scars running down one side of my face below the ear. First thing in the morning before I brushed my teeth i would put the hidding makeup on those scars I just couldn't stand to see them. One morning I had enough! I called Sarasota..."- M. / RealSelf / Aug 03, 2017
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.
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,900 - $8,900
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-3.5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location
Mini Facelift FAQs
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.
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.
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.