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Mini Facelift

Written by Dr. Russo

A facelift is a cosmetic surgery that can be performed to tighten and lift the skin. A mini facelift is an excellent option for those who want to combat minor to moderate sagging in the lower third of the face.

Mini Facelift vs Traditional Facelift

While a traditional facelift can achieve an overall facial tightening (upper face, mid-region, and jowls), a mini facelift has been designed to target the lower portion of the face. In terms of surgical technique, the fundamental difference between a mini facelift and a traditional facelift rests in the size and placement of the incisions:

  • A mini facelift involves short incisions and fewer sutures are needed making the procedure and recovery process much shorter and easier than a traditional facelift.
  • A traditional facelift involves long incisions that span from the ear to the hairline. These incisions require a longer period of healing. It is recommended for patients with greater signs of aging.
  • A lower facelift involves short incisions along the jawline. These incisions can be hidden behind the ear and require a shorter period of healing that a traditional facelift.

The procedure time varies for a mini facelift and traditional facelift depending on the surgeon, but typically procedure time for a mini facelift is shorter.

How is a Mini Facelift Performed?

During a mini facelift, incisions are made and the skin is lifted to expose the underlying tissues. The muscles tissue is gently repositioned to lift and tighten. The skin is re-draped and trimmed. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures. A mini facelift can be complemented by other rejuvenating procedures to create a harmonious balance. Patients may experience some subtle swelling and bruising for the first few days. All of which is normal. Patients can return to work 2 weeks after surgery.

Is Mini Facelift Right For Me?

Considering a mini facelift? You may be an ideal candidate for a mini facelift if you:

  • Are in your late 30s or in your 40s
  • Have mild to moderate skin laxity
  • Would like to improve the mid and/or lower portion of the face, including nasolabial folds
  • Are a non-smoker in overall good health and have realistic expectations

Your Mini Facelift Consultation with Dr. Russo

If you are interested in learning more about how a mini facelift can rejuvenate your appearance, contact Dr. Russo at Rejuvenis Beauty for a comprehensive consultation. During your consultation Dr. Russo, a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, will evaluate the overall condition of your skin and review your medical history to determine if a mini facelift can help you realize your aesthetic goals.

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Dr. Russo

Dr. Russo is the founder of Rejuvenis Med Spa. He developed a passion for lasers, fillers, and other non-cosmetic treatments during his over 30 years of practice in Champaign-Urbana. He started his career after completing an AAFPRS fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery. After many years of managing a busy surgical practice and med spa, Dr. Russo focuses his interest and practice on non and minimally-invasive facial and skin rejuvenation. Visit Rejuvenis Beauty today for experienced care in health, beauty, and wellness!

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