Patients who are experiencing the signs of facial aging, including wrinkles, early jowls, loss of youthful volume, and skin laxity, can benefit from a mini facelift with Dr. Bryant. This facelift is a shorter, less invasive procedure that sculpts and lifts the mid and lower areas of the face to achieve more defined, smooth features and a contoured jawline.

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What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift is a surgery that is similar to a traditional facelift. However, it is designed to target a more precise area of the face, requiring smaller incisions and causing less trauma to the facial tissues. The mini facelift effectively lifts and sculpts the cheeks and jawline to improve the mid and lower areas of the face. Due to the less traumatic nature of the mini facelift, a shorter recovery period is required. This is why the mini facelift is often called “the weekend lift.” 

How Is A Mini Facelift Performed?

For most patients, a mini facelift procedure begins with local anesthesia. However, general anesthesia can be used if preferred. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Bryant will make small “S” shaped incisions by the ears near the hairline.

Dr. Bryant will use the incisions as the access point to sculpt the underlying tissues of the face and neck. He will reposition the tissues to achieve more youthful, better-defined features. From there, he will reposition and tighten the skin to achieve a tighter, rejuvenated appearance.

While the procedure for a mini facelift is simpler and less invasive, the benefits are extensive and very long-lasting.

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Recovery after a mini facelift 

The recovery period after a mini facelift is usually shorter than that of a traditional facelift. Expect bruising and swelling during the first week that increases for the first couple of days and then begin to recede after 3-5 days

Typically, patients are mostly recovered after about 7-10 days, allowing them to return to work or their usual activities. Wait until you have clearance from Dr. Bryant, at approximately 3-6 weeks, to return to strenuous activities.

Results after a mini facelift

You will see a more youthful-looking appearance and contoured definition after your healing is complete. The skin will be smoother and firmer, with reduced wrinkles. Your facial features will be subtly lifted and enhanced.

Results after a mini facelift last for up to 10 years. After this time, as signs of aging are more apparent, additional procedures or an additional facelift As the aging process continues to progress, you may require additional procedures or another facelift to maintain your results.

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Mini facelift benefits

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A mini facelift provides many benefits to help patients turn back the clock: 

  • Shorter procedure time that can be performed with local anesthesia
  • Smaller incisions 
  • Less significant recovery time
  • Can be performed with local anesthesia
  • Minimal scarring 
  • Lifted, more defined features 
  • More youthful appearance
  • Takes years off the face
  • Smooths and softens wrinkles
  • Tightens the skin 
  • Natural-looking results 
  • Improves confidence and boosts self-esteem

Who is a candidate for a mini facelift?

During your consultation with Dr. Bryant, he will examine your face and skin and understand your aesthetic goals to help determine whether a mini facelift is the best procedure for you. Men or women whose aging are more moderate than severe are typically the most ideal candidates for a mini facelift. Ideal candidates for a mini facelift are usually in their late 40s or early 50s, but the ideal age is different from person to person and also depends on genetics, sun exposure, and other factors. 

Typically, candidates for a mini facelift meet the following requirements:

  • Generally have good skin quality
  • Are usually in good health
  • Are noticing early jowls and moderate sagging in the cheeks and/or neck area 
  • Do not smoke
  • Have no serious medical conditions 
  • Can safely stop taking blood-thinning medications or supplements

Why choose Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics for a mini facelift?

Dr. Lucas Bryant’s expertise achieves stunning, rejuvenating results for his patients. His customized approach includes a thoughtful, caring consultation and the most refined, modern techniques to take the years off and refresh the appearance. 

Dr. Bryant is a double board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon who combines his medical background, artistic eye, and broad training to provide outstanding results for his patients. 

In-Office use of Local Anesthesia 

What makes Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics unique is that many procedures can be done under local anesthesia. Patients do not have to go to a surgery center or hospital and are not intubated.  

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