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A mini facelift is a facial surgery that produces the results of a traditional facelift with a shorter recovery time. A mini facelift is ideal for those experiencing the signs of aging skin on the mid to lower face, including wrinkles, lines, jowls, and under-chin fat. Dr. Craft has produced outstanding results with mini facelift surgeries, whether performed as a single procedure or as part of a custom mommy makeover to reduce wrinkles and skin laxity.

What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift seeks to restore and rejuvenate the appearance of skin and underlying structures in the face and neck area by treating the signs of aging skin and tissues. The treatment reduces wrinkles and smooths away jowls, lifting sagging areas on the lower face and restoring an elegant, refined jawline. The procedure may also involve tightening muscle tissues. With advanced surgical techniques, a mini facelift performed by Dr. Craft can create a refreshed, youthful, natural-looking outcome.


What can a mini facelift address?

Dr. Craft can use the mini facelift to address multiple facial concerns on the lower third of the face, including:

  • Loose or saggy skin around the jawline or cheeks
  • Sagging neck skin

What are some of the advantages of a mini facelift?

  • The main advantage of a mini facelift over its more comprehensive counterpart is its shorter recovery time. 
  • It is also less invasive and requires less post-operative care for healing. 
  • Additionally, rather than performing one extensive surgery like with a traditional lift, smaller incisions are made when performing a mini lift which reduces scarring.

What is the procedure for a mini facelift?

Various techniques may be used with this procedure, depending on the patient’s facial anatomy and desired results. An incision at each ear typically extends up towards the temples, behind the ears, and beneath the chin. This will allow access to facial recontouring, fat removal, and tightening of the underlying tissues. The procedure may involve repositioning loose muscles and tightening the area to create a more youthful definition of the lower face, jawline, and upper neck. Excess tissue and fat are removed before suturing the incisions closed. The incision lines are behind the ears, virtually invisible once healed. 

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How long is the recovery for a mini facelift?

Most patients experience minimal swelling after their procedure which should subside within 7-10 days. It is normal to expect some bruising, which fades completely over several weeks. Most patients can return to complete activities within one to three weeks. The recovery can vary, patient to patient, but it is typically effortless and uneventful.

Who is a good candidate for the mini facelift?

Ideal candidates for this type of facelift are those seeking improvement in specific areas, such as the lower cheeks or jowls. Those who need a more thorough level of facial rejuvenation may be better candidates for a full facelift. For an optimal outcome, a facelift could be combined with an eye lift or enhanced with non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments.

To ensure the surgery is safe and successful, a professional assessment by our double-board-certified plastic surgeon can determine if a patient is a good candidate for a mini facelift. A complete medical review is required in planning for surgery.

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Why choose Dr. Craft?

Dr. Randall O. Craft is an excellent choice when considering a mini facelift. As a double board-certified, Harvard-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon and the founder of CraftMD, Dr. Craft brings extensive experience and knowledge to every surgery. He can help you determine if a mini facelift is right for you. He and his team deliver the highest quality care at every step of the journey, from the first consultation through a full recovery.

Contact us when you’re ready to learn about a mini facelift or schedule a consultation.

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