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This is a popular procedure that is primarily used with patients who want to refresh their appearance, but do not need a complete facelift. It’s designed to improve the jawline, sharpen the neckline and refresh the overall appearance of the face — making patients look more rested and energetic. Dr. Moradzadeh can deliver facial enhancements that look completely natural and bring out patients’ natural beauty.
Understanding the Procedure
The mini facelift is known by many different names, all of these refer to a variation on facelift surgery that is less invasive than the traditional facelift. When performing a mini facelift, Dr. Moradzadeh uses shorter incisions that aid in quicker healing and result in less swelling and bruising and result in a faster recovery than the traditional facelift. The shorter incisions are also more easily hidden, and even allow patients to wear pulled-back hairstyles that expose the back of the ears.
Shorter incisions are possible because the manipulations performed during a mini facelift are less extensive than those performed during the traditional facelift. The facial skin is pulled just slightly, and skin excision can be relatively minor — resulting in a totally natural-looking appearance without the “pulled face” look.
What to Expect Afterwards
Depending on the surgical approach used and other plastic surgery procedures performed in conjunction with it, the mini facelift procedure can be performed in just a few hours. Dr. Moradzadeh uses local anesthesia with variable degrees of sedation for most mini facelift procedures. Patients are awake but do not experience any sensation during the procedure. Most mini facelift patients can return to light activities and work within one week, and strenuous activities and exercise can be restarted in two weeks. During the recovery time, most patients do not experience significant pain or major discomfort, and unpleasant sensations can be managed with appropriate pain medications.
Is a Mini Facelift Right For You?
Typically, mini facelifts are performed on men and women in their 40s and 50s — individuals who desire a slight rejuvenating effect, not a dramatic makeover. They might have some jowls, minor skin laxity along the jaw line, and/or wrinkles in the lower face. All of these aesthetic concerns can be addressed by the mini facelift procedure. However, a mini facelift is not beneficial for patients with a large amount of excess, droopy skin. For these individuals, the SMAS or deep plane facelift is a better option.