What is mini facelift? What is mini facelift surgery?
A mini facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that is destined to lift drooping skin on your face. A mini facelift involves a small incision made under the cover of the hair line and around the ears. A mini facelift tightens the underline muscles, and excess skin, defines your jawline, improves your neck laxity and overall look.
With the newest techniques, you can achieve a younger natural look with hidden incisions and very small scars.
Before and after pictures of mini facelift – What is mini facelift? ©Natural Look Institute
When should you consider a mini facelift?
The mini facelift plastic surgery is designed for patients who start noticing visible signs of aging: wrinkles, sagging skin. The mini facelift is the perfect solution for patients who are not ready for more invasive facelift procedures or can’t take too much time off for recovery time.
What are the benefits?
The mini facelift (weekend facelift) is a rhytidectomy plastic surgery technique intended to enhance overall facial appearance thanks to the lifting and tightening of the skin and muscles in the face, cheeks and jaw. This minimally invasive procedure reduces sagging and wrinkles in the cheek and jawline area. With the newest techniques, you can achieve a younger natural look with fuller cheeks and a well-defined jaw line.
One of the main benefits of a mini facelift is that it requires a shorter recovery time. Also, since mini facelifts are less invasive, the discomfort is minimal post-op. Unlike a traditional more invasive facelift, mini facelifts can usually be performed using local anesthesia.
Lastly, since mini facelifts are less time consuming, complicated and do not require general anesthesia, the cost is significantly lower than that of a traditional facelift.
How to prepare for a mini facelift?
Before scheduling your mini facelift surgery, you must meet with your mini facelift doctor to discuss, plan and determine if surgery is right for you. Dr. Shahar is one of New York City’s best mini facelift doctors. During the initial consultation you will discuss your goals, motivation for mini facelift surgery and potential fears you may have with Dr. Shahar. Mini facelift surgery can enhance your natural appearance, but keep in mind that a perfect face doesn’t exist! Below, you’ll find the process used by Dr. Shahar in determining wether the mini facelift is the right procedure for you:
Discussing your medical history before your mini facelift
Dr. Shahar will insist on asking you about your motivations and goals before discussing mini facelift surgery. Dr. Shahar will also ask you questions about your medical history. It is meant to adapt to every patient and understand if there are any potential risks during your mini facelift surgery. Dr. Shahar will ask you about any past mini facelift surgeries, medication you are on or take. Certain conditions or pre-conditions that can make you unsuitable for mini facelift surgery.
Should I stop taking medication?
Doctor Shahar recommends you avoid taking any drugs containing aspirin or drugs such as Mortrin, Advil or Premarin 1 week before surgery. Use only Tylenol if needed. You should avoid taking food supplements (vitamins, protein powder…) at least 1 week before surgery.
Should I stop smoking before a mini facelift?
Doctor Shahar recommends you stop smoking 1 week before the mini facelift surgery and refrain from smoking for at least 1 week after the mini face lift surgery.
Performing a physical exam before the surgery
Dr. Shahar will conduct a physical exam and blood tests before considering rhinoplasty. Dr. Shahar will carefully examine your nose (inside and outside), facial features and facial proportions. Dr. Shahar is renowned for achieving perfect facial harmony. This exam is necessary to determine the changes that need to be made to achieve perfect harmony and a natural looking nose. He will look at the thickness of your skin, the upper section bone structure of yournos, the lower portion to test cartilage resistance. You are considering a mini facelift procedure. Please call our office at (212) 717-4066 (NYC) or Book a Consultation to arrange for a free consultation with Dr. Shahar. Our New York City practice: Natural Look Institute, accommodates New Yorkers, out of town and international patients.
How long is a mini facelift surgery?
Mini face lift surgery usually lasts for 2 hours. The procedure can be done under local anesthesia.
What is the usual recovery time for a mini facelift?
Recovery from a mini facelift is much faster than a full facelift. Minor swelling and bruising is usually over in 1 week. You should be back to work in one week. Mini facelifts are called “weekend facelifts” because you can have the procedure done on a Friday and be ready to go back to work on Monday.
How soon can I shower after surgery?
You can take showers after 2 days.
Can I drive after a mini facelift?
You will need someone to drive you home after the mini face lift is performed. You may be prescribed pain medication making it unsafe to drive or operate any kind of machinery. Driving should be avoided for about 4-5 days.
Can I drink after surgery?
Doctor Shahar recommends you avoid consuming alcohol 1 week before surgery and refrain from drinking at least 72 hours after the mini face lift surgery.
Is mini facelift surgery risky or does mini facelift have any side effects?
Mini Facelift is less risky than a Facelift mostly due to the fact it can be performed under local anesthesia.
Are mini facelifts painful?
Most patients experience mild discomfort that can easily be controlled with pain medication. You may experience a slight “tightness” at the bottom of the face and neck. Most patients take pain medication for the first two days. Doctor Shahar will provide you with the necessary prescriptions. Dr. Shahar will discuss all the components that come with mini facelift surgery pre-op and post-op. Please call our office at (212) 717-4066 (NYC) or Book a Consultation to arrange for a free consultation with Dr. Shahar.
Mini facelift surgery means minimal scaring
Dr. Shahar has perfected the facelift procedure, minimizing scar length and visibility. The incision site becomes almost invisible so that you can have a short hair style without it being noticeable. If the neck has significant laxity (looseness) a small incision under the chin is made to remove excess fat and tighten the muscle.
Are results permanent?
It can vary from patient to patient. However, from our experience mini face lifts last 10 years.
How much is a mini facelift?
Usually, the mini facelift cost, can range between $6,000 to $9,000. The cost of the mini facelift depends on a number of different factors. The costs of a mini face lift is much less than the cost of a full facelift surgery. Please call our office at (212) 717-4066 (NYC) or Book a Consultation to arrange for a free consultation with Dr. Shahar.
“Dr. Shahar is an amazing plastic surgeon! He did a mini face lift along with my upper and lower lids under local anesthesia. I had the procedure done on a a Wednesday and was back to work on a Monday. The only one who knew was my hairdresser. Very tiny scars. I look ten years younger! I love you Dr. Shahar!”