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
"Dr. Scott Engel is a top-class plastic surgeon. He did a superb job with my haggard 60-year-old face and neck. I am delighted with the very natural results. The post-surgery care was excellent. I would like to thank Dr. Engel and his professional, caring and happy team."- K.Y. / Vitals / Jun 30, 2015
"Weight Loss of 60+ = Saggy Skin; 66 Years Young. Sarasota, FL - I am now five weeks out (8-5-14). And, yes, I am happy with Dr. Graham's handiwork. I have had no problems to speak of and am feeling like I do look younger and very natural.I am only one day out, but I can say right now, my doc has been great. My final look remains to be seen, but I am optimistic of a good outcome. He has done his part, and I just need to do mine by being a good patient and healing quickly.07-16-14 Three weeks. Very happy with Doc Graham, very kind and an artist. I would recommend him for any procedure. No problems. Smooth as these events go. . . - - I have been saving for years to do a facelift. I am ready - Weight loss of nearly 70 lbs. contributed to sagging and loose skin on face. Also wrinkles. Will have fat injections around eyes and cheek and mouth, neck and face lift. I am very comfortable with the doc and facilities of where I am going."- M. / RealSelf / Jun 06, 2014
"I am a patient of Dr Scott Engel. I recently underwent a facelift, necklift, upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Safety, the qualifications and skill of the surgeon and subsequent after care were of upmost importance to me, together with a result that was natural and conservative. I did much homework and Dr Engel met all of my goals. My experience was extremely rewarding and met all expectations. Dr Engle and his staff were extremely kind, courteous and professional. From the start, everyone was very informative and gave clear answers to all my questions. All were sensitive to my needs and demonstrated the epitome of what customer service and patient care means. They all, obviously, take pride in what they do and know that having a strong work ethic still matters today. All are an absolute credit to Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center! I absolutely highly recommend Dr Engel and his staff. I could not be happier with the surgery, aftercare and results. Thank you!"- K.T. / Yelp / Feb 08, 2016
"50 Years Old, 4 Children and Time to Refresh! - Sarasota, FL - Dr Engel is a skillful, kind and professional plastic surgeon. He is also extremely involved with all aspects of recovery. I had done much homework to find Dr. Engel, which totally paid off. I saw him each and everytime I came to the office and he completely addressed all questions and concerns. The OR nurses were knowledgeable and professional which helped with pre surgery nerves. The nurses in the office were also professional, kind and courteous and all demonstrated excellent patient care. I cannot recommend more highly Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. Dr Engel and all his staff obviously take much pride in all they do and demonstrate the epitome of what customer service and patient care means. They are all an absolute credit to all they do! Great job! - - Dr Engel performed a facelift, neck lift, upper & lower eye blepharoplasty. As a nurse, my number one priority was safety followed by the qualifications & skill of the surgeon. My other priority was a natural appearing result. Dr Engel met all of my very high expectations which led to great rewards."- T. / RealSelf / Feb 08, 2016
"I came to Dr. Derby because I had a Facelift done previously, about 3 years ago, and I was disappointed. I asked Dr Derby what he thought and what he could do and he recommended many procedures. Because of my age, we settled on doing less because I didn’t want to be under anesthesia that long knowing how long I had to recover. He called the procedure a Necklift, but he did way more.. better than my facelift.. took up the skin in a way that I had no jowls! Also, my eyes don’t close solidly and my ophthalmologist was even concerned and he made it so they do close and even reduced my earlobes. I wear short hair so my ears stick out. I am delighted with results and I recovered well. He did way more than he had to do and made me look so much better and I am thrilled. I would be happy to tell anyone. I am very grateful. I am older, I am 78. He was very caring of me through this whole process and respected the fact that I was older and encouraged me in ways that were helpful. I’m sure most women my age wouldn’t bother with a facelift but I was disappointed in how it turned out the first time. This time was way better. Dr. Derby has a really gentle, caring, not pushy, thoughtful way of relating to someone my age. This is important to me. He looks at you and really listens to you. I really look good when I smile but you wouldn’t let me smile in my after photos. I just want to say ‘thank you’."- CJ / Office Visit / Mar 04, 2016
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 adequate 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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- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-3.5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
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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.