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A mini facelift is a slightly less aggressive form of facial rejuvenation  than a full face lift.  Sometimes called a “quick lift” or an “S lift,” our plastic surgeons utilize shorter incisions during a mini face lift than they do during a full face lift, and the recovery time following one is significantly shorter than that following the more extended procedure.

A mini face lift is very successful in rejuvenating lower third of the face, and it provides some improvement for the middle third of the face and neck.

Candidates for a Mini Facelift

  • Individuals who have lost skin elasticity on the face and neck
  • Individuals who are beginning to develop jowls and hanging skin under the chin
  • Individuals who have developed facial and neck wrinkles

The Goals of a Mini Face Lift

  • A more rested and youthful contour to the face and neck
  • Fewer lines and wrinkles on the face and neck
  • Improved self-image

Initial Consultation for a Mini Facelift

Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino have developed a friendly and sensitive process for preparing you for a mini face lift. Your consultation is important because you and your plastic surgeon must be “on the same page” regarding the results you desire. This is why Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will devote as much time as necessary to discuss your individual goals and needs with you.

Dr. Pellegrino or Dr. Perrotta performs a focused physical examination to provide preliminary recommendations and determine whether you might benefit more from a more extensive approach:  if you have jowls that are extensive or a large amount of excess skin that hangs on your neck, a full facelift or neck lift might be more appropriate for you.

Once the doctor has his surgical plan, our aesthetic coordinator will produce a written quote which lists all costs of your proposed surgery so that there are no surprises. At that time, an appointment is set for your pre-op visit.

Pre-Op Visit

Much is covered during your pre-op visit. First, one of our highly trained medical assistants will take pre-op photos. Next, your surgeon will explain the surgical technique to you and thoroughly inform you as to what you can expect, including any potential complications. All procedures involve potential risks, but it is highly unusual to experience a major complication during or after a mini facelift.

Dr. Perrotta or Dr. Pellegrino will then obtain a more complete medical history from you and perform a final pre-op physical examination. This will include checking your vital functions to be sure that you are physically fit for surgery. Prior to releasing you from your pre-op visit, your doctor and our staff will give you detailed instructions for the time leading up to your surgery, as well as for the time immediately following it.

Additional procedures that might enhance the result of a mini face lift are an upper eyelid lift, lower eyelid lift, brow lift, chemical peel, microdermabrasion, a chin enlargement, a cheekbone enhancement, lip augmentation, nose reshaping, fat injections, laser skin resurfacing, or a reduction of earlobes.

The Mini Facelift Procedure

Mini face lifts are performed with local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia. Some patients require only local anesthesia.

The majority of our mini face lifts are performed in the certified operating room located inside our Salisbury office complex so that you can experience absolute privacy and convenience.

Your surgeon will hide your incisions under the sideburns and along the natural contours of the front of the ear. In some cases and depending on your specific goals, the incisions are extended up to the temples and around the back of the ears.

Your surgeon then elevates the skin so that it can be trimmed and redraped. The deep layers are tightened, including muscle and fascia. In our experience, the cutting-edge techniques used by Drs. Perrotta and Pellegrino in this portion of the procedure provide much longer lasting results than those achieved by a LifeStyle Lift.

When closing the wounds, the surgeons use very specialized techniques and the utmost precision, both of which greatly minimize visible scarring.

Finally, a soft, bulky dressing is applied to the incisions.

Post-Op Recovery

You should be able to go home the day of surgery, with your head and neck wrapped in bulky dressings or a thin, elastic garment. The dressings are usually removed within a couple of days during a post-op visit. Any initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral pain medication. Your surgeon will remove the visible sutures in 3-7 days and hidden ones in 3-10 days.

Bruising and swelling decrease to “socially acceptable” levels within 7-21 days. After performing over 500 face lifts in our Salisbury office complex, our surgeons have found that our patients who have undergone a mini face lift are comfortable returning to work in 10-14 days, whereas this period is three weeks following a full face lift. The final result of your mini facelift will be evident in approximately 4-6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement for several months.

After your procedure, you will follow up with us several times so that we can monitor your healing. To maintain the results of your mini face lift for as long as possible, we recommend a sound skin care program, periodic chemical peels, and/or specialized laser treatments.

before and after patient photos

We are grateful to our patients for granting us the privilege of posting their before and after photos on our website. While we greatly value their privacy, we also salute their eagerness to share their life-changing results with other individuals considering plastic surgery. Every patient on this website has enthusiastically provided his or her written consent for us to show the world his or her results.

Contact us today to schedule a Mini Face Lift consultation.