A mini facelift addresses the signs of aging on the lower third of the face. This is a very popular cosmetic procedure as the incisions are smaller, placed around the ears, hidden once healed. Our mini facelift in Philadelphia can restore youthful definition to the jawline, smoothing lines, jowls, wrinkles, and creases for a refreshed, natural look.
Facelift surgery is a popular technique to revitalize your appearance if you have facial aging. However, for patients who have less extensive signs of aging, a traditional facelift is not necessary. Dr. Pontell developed his mini facelift technique to provide patients with the facial improvement they want through minimally invasive means.
Benefits of a Mini Facelift
Improve Facial Laxity
Our mini facelift in Main Line can target laxity of the cheeks, jawline, and neck. These patients do not have major issues with a heavy, fatty neck. With a mini facelift, Dr. Pontell can tighten the underlying muscles and remove any excess skin for a firmer, more youthful facial appearance.
The mini facelift uses minimal incision techniques, which leads to an easier, quicker recovery. Dr. Pontell uses fewer incisions and places them in the natural creases around the ears. Additionally, the mini facelift can be performed in Dr. Pontell’s office under local anesthesia.
Many patients prefer the mini facelift because it generally has a faster recovery period than a traditional facelift. Bruising and swelling subside at a quicker rate, and most patients find they can return to work in about 10 days following their procedure. Some patients return to work even sooner.
What Does A Mini Facelift Entail?
Prior to your procedure, you will meet with Dr. Pontell and he will evaluate your facial structure, goals, and concerns. He will examine the structures of your face to determine how to create the most aesthetically pleasing outcome. Once he has a complete understanding of your goals, Dr. Pontell will advise if a mini facelift is right for you.
There is minimal postoperative bruising and swelling associated with the mini facelift. You will need to rest for one to two days after your surgery. Most patients can return to work within 10 days of their surgery and can resume their regular physical activities after two weeks.
Since the mini facelift is minimally invasive, it uses fewer incisions. Any incisions that are created are placed discreetly in the hairline and in natural creases. Healing is typically very quick with minimal visible scarring.
You may experience some mild discomfort following your surgery, but this can be controlled using oral pain medication.
What if a Revision Mini Facelift is Necessary?
Some patients may want to undergo a revision surgery because they were not satisfied with the original results, whether due to an inexperienced surgeon or a recurrence of the signs of aging. Patients should wait until healing is complete—at six months to one year—before undergoing a revision procedure. Dr. Pontell can help determine if you are an ideal candidate for a revision surgery.
Mini Facelift FAQ's
What if I don't feel comfortable using a local anesthetic for my surgery?
It is normal for some patients to want to go to sleep for their mini facelift. For these patients, we can perform their surgery using general anesthesia in a hospital or surgical center.
Who is the best candidate for a mini facelift?
Candidates for a mini facelift should be in good health and have realistic expectations. You may qualify for a mini facelift if you have laxity that is localized to the lower face and you don’t have a very fatty neck. Liposuction can be combined with a mini facelift to help reduce a moderately fatty neck.
Does a mini facelift cost the same as a traditional facelift?
The cost of a mini facelift is significantly lower than the cost of a traditional facelift.