How Does a Mini Facelift Work?

At South Florida Facial Plastic Surgery, we perform custom mini facelifts. A mini facelift has shorter incisions, creates a less dramatic change, and has a faster recovery time. This advanced facial surgery can treat the first signs of jowls, loose skin on the upper neck, and smooths wrinkles and creases in the mid to lower facial area.

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What is the Procedure?

A mini facelift, as a standalone procedure, typically takes just a few hours to complete. It is most often performed with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation, bringing an easier recovery than general anesthesia.

Once sedated, an incision is placed in the hairline, near the temples, where it will be hidden, extending in front of the ear, ending at the earlobe. This incision pattern allows our facial plastic surgeon to subtly lift skin and tissue and restore jawline definition.

What to Expect When Undergoing a Mini Facelift

The first step in planning a mini facelift is a private consultation with our facial plastic surgeon. Once determined a mini facelift will achieve your aesthetic vision, a surgical date will be scheduled. On the day of the procedure, you will arrive early, dressed in comfortable, loose clothing, with your skin free of skincare products. You will be prepped for surgery, sedated, and will be resting comfortably, experiencing no pain, while the mini facelift is performed. When you wake up, you are free to return home to rest and recover, with help from a friend or family member.

What is the Recovery Time?

The recovery time following a mini facelift is reasonably easy to experience. You should plan to take one to two weeks off work. Any swelling or bruising peaks at about three days, and then fades, day by day. Initially, you can take prescribed pain medication for a few days, after which over-the-counter painkillers are typically sufficient.

Sleep with your head elevated on extra pillows or a wedge to avoid putting pressure on the incisions. For exercise, take gentle walks, and avoid any vigorous physical activities until given permission by our facial plastic surgeon. You will be given full written aftercare instructions and can always communicate with our team with any questions.

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What are the Benefits of a Mini Facelift?

Mini facelift surgery delivers many benefits for those who have moderate skin laxity on the mid- to lower face.

The surgery may be performed in conjunction with an eyelid lift, BOTOX injections, or other procedures. The benefits include:

  • Performed with local anesthesia, not general anesthesia
  • Faster recovery time
  • Shorter incisions and surgery scars
  • Less invasive

Why Choose South Florida Facial Plastic Surgery?

Surgeries should be performed by an experienced, talented facial plastic surgery specialist. At South Florida Facial Plastic Surgery, our board-certified surgeons excel in the latest advances in facial plastic surgery and are known for achieving results that appear refreshed and natural, not overdone. For superior results from a mini facelift, you can be confident that your procedure is in the hands of a true expert in the art.

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We Make the Journey a Pleasure

At South Florida Facial Plastic Surgery, we are committed to patient-centered care. We craft individualized mini facelift treatment plans based on facial bone structure, contours, and your personal aesthetic vision. Our board-certified plastic surgeons focus on achieving results that appear refreshed and natural, the best version of you, for authentic, nuanced beauty.

We take all the time needed to perform a custom mini facelift to deliver the highest possible quality results. We are with you from the moment you enter our doors, through your surgery and recovery. Our goal is to create a balanced, natural aesthetic — a refreshed version of you!

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We invite you to meet with us to discuss a mini facelift and any additional procedures that may enhance the results, such as BOTOX injections, an eyelid lift, brow lift, or a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment. You deserve a customized approach!

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