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A mini facelift is a less invasive approach to anti-aging for both men and women who have early signs of facial aging. The procedure involves a shorter scar, and addresses the mid to lower face. Every surgeon is different in what they call a “mini facelift,” but in every case, it’s a 100% customized procedure. Dr. Mesa focuses his surgical work on creating the most natural look possible, which may include treating the deep plane to re-suspend the underlying tissues through a small incision around the ear.

What’s the difference between a traditional facelift and a mini facelift?

If you have an excess of stretched, hanging skin, a traditional full facelift is probably more appropriate for you. For younger patients who have retained a higher level of skin flexibility but are developing jowls and a lack of firm, elegant definition at the jawline, a mini facelift can achieve ideal results.

Who is a candidate for a mini facelift?

If you have any of the following signs of facial aging, you may be a good candidate for a mini facelift:

  • Mild to moderate sagging skin
  • Developing jowls
  • Loss of a clean, firm jawline definition
  • Sagging lower portion of the face 
  • Aging jawline

What are the advantages of a mini facelift?

A mini facelift involves shorter incisions and faster recovery time. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, which provides a higher level of patient safety and fewer risks. The treatment involves less discomfort during recovery, and typically only requires prescription medication for a few days, after which over-the-counter medication is all that is needed. The incisions are placed around the ears, leaving scars that are virtually invisible once healed.

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What is the procedure?

A mini facelift is performed under local anesthesia and involves administering the anesthetic to your face and neck to ensure comfort. Incisions are placed around the ears, and the facial structure is accessed and corrected. Excess fat under your chin is removed, the underlying tissues are lifted and restored to a youthful location, and any excess skin is carefully excised.

How long do the results last?

A mini facelift is appropriate for women and men who are experiencing a moderate level of facial aging. The results last for about five to seven years, or longer. For those who are experiencing more advanced effects of aging, a traditional or deep plane facelift may be more appropriate to achieve more significant results that can last up to ten years or longer.

Why choose Dr. Mesa for a mini facelift?

The technique that is employed, the artistry, and the skills of your plastic surgeon are the most critical points in a successful mini facelift to achieve results that appear entirely rejuvenated and natural. Dr. Mesa is among the most highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeons in the nation, and has offices in NYC, New Jersey, and Miami. His customized approach to every surgery produces superior outcomes, as can be seen in his hundreds of positive reviews. Beyond his artistry and technique, he and his staff are warm, caring, and dedicated, and form a strong bond with every person they treat.

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