Patients who wish to improve their facial appearance and experience a boost in confidence often consider facelift surgery. While this procedure is known to be highly effective, it usually comes with a long recovery period and long incisions, making patients weary of having it. Fortunately, there are alternative versions of this treatment that can help patients achieve their goals with less commitment. 

A less involved procedure, the mini facelift is usually employed as a preventative measure to help younger patients combat signs of aging before they progress. 

What is a mini facelift?

The mini facelift focuses primarily on the midface and the jawline. This procedure requires smaller incisions than the traditional approach, allowing for changes to be made to the face without leaving any obvious signs of surgery. This treatment is known for its ability to fight off fine lines, skin laxity, and other signs of facial aging without a lengthy recovery period. 

While the changes associated with the mini facelift are more limited in scope than its traditional counterpart, it remains a great option for young patients who are looking to smooth out their skin and combat fine lines. 

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What are the benefits?

  • Lighter anesthesia: General anesthesia is typically not employed with this procedure. Local anesthesia usually suffices to provide total comfort throughout the treatment
  • Less intense recovery period: With a mini facelift, recovery time is shorter and much less taxing on the body. 
  • Shorter incisions: A mini facelift involves smaller incisions which lead to smaller scars. Furthermore, the incisions are made within the face’s folds to keep any remaining scars hidden. 

Who is a candidate for a mini facelift?

A mini facelift is usually recommended for younger patients who have only minimal signs of aging. Older patients can usually achieve better results with a full facelift. Patients will have a chance to talk about their aesthetic goals during the private consultation to ensure that they receive the best treatment for them. 

A mini facelift in Austin with our team is a great option for patients who:

  • Are struggling with fine lines and sagging skin in the mid or lower regions of the face
  • Would like a shorter recovery period so they can carry on with their lives
  • Want to address signs of aging early on before they get worse

Beyond that, patients should meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen
  • Be non-smokers and avoid blood-thinning medications
  • Have realistic expectations for the results of the treatment

What does the procedure entail?

Mini facelift procedures generally take less than an hour to complete. As it is a short procedure, patients usually only need light anesthesia or an oral sedative.

During the procedure, incisions are made in front of the ears and go from the hairline down to the underside of the earlobe. The skin is then pulled up in a gentle manner. Any excess skin and fat are removed at this time to make the face look tighter. Once the operation is completed, patients can return home as soon as they feel ready. However, they must arrange a ride for themselves ahead of time, as they will still be under the influence of anesthesia.

What is the recovery process like?

After the surgery has been completed, the patient’s face is wrapped tightly to ensure that all incisions are covered. The recovery period from a mini facelift usually lasts anywhere from one to two weeks. Any swelling or bruising that is evident following the procedure will slowly dissipate during this period. There will then be a follow-up appointment where the sutures will be removed. Patients must avoid all forms of vigorous activity for the first week. 

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Why choose Austin Face and Body for mini facelift surgery?

Austin Face & Body was founded by Dr. Sean Paul with the express mission to bring together some of the best surgeons and practitioners in the realm of cosmetology. Our skilled team of aesthetic professionals is passionately dedicated to innovation in their respective fields. We stay up to date with all of the latest developments in the world of plastic surgery and cosmetology to ensure that our patients receive only the best care available. 

Dr. Paul and the rest of the team at Austin Face and Body are well-versed in a multitude of procedures and utilize their lengthy educational and training backgrounds to deliver fantastic results. Above all, they are committed to patient satisfaction and work tirelessly to ensure that everyone achieves their desired look. 

Reach out to us today to set up a private consultation. 

Mini Facelift FAQ 

How long does it take to carry out a mini facelift procedure?

Generally speaking, a mini facelift takes only an hour to perform, but it can take longer depending on the specifications of the treatment. The details of the treatment will be discussed during the private consultation.

What should be expected following the treatment?

Following the procedure, patients will need to have someone drive them home. The home should also be prepared for the recovery process, as patients will need much rest and relaxation for the first few days.

What happens during the first week of recovery?

Patients should avoid all exercise and make sure to keep their heads elevated (both while awake and asleep). The face tends to remain swollen for up to two weeks following the procedure.

Are there any side effects to expect following the procedure?

After the procedure, patients may develop conditions such as numbness, swelling, tingling, itching, discoloration, bumpiness, hardness, crusting, tightness, and redness around the treatment sites. These are temporary and will fade away on their own over time.

Will there be any scars?

The advantage of the mini facelift is that incisions are smaller, meaning that the scars will also be smaller. Furthermore, the incisions are made in areas that will ensure the scars are obscured and not visible. Overall, a mini facelift is known for producing aesthetically pleasing results that leave patients looking and feeling great.

Will my insurance plan cover a mini facelift procedure?

Insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures. As such, a mini facelift will not be covered.

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