The term mini facelift refers to less invasive mini facelift techniques which can improve the appearance of the lower face and jowls. Can often be customized to address the patient’s specific problem areas. Incisions are typically fewer and less extensive, surgery and recovery times are generally shorter, and bruising and swelling are decreased.
Individuals who are looking to improve laxity in the neck, jowls and jaw line without the downtime associated with a full facelift may be good candidates for a mini facelift. As with all types of surgery, patients must be physically healthy and realistic in their expectations. It’s important that patients understand the limitations of the mini facelift as it cannot provide the same dramatic results of a full facelift. Mini facelifts are often ideal for younger patients who have less extensive sagging of the lower face and neck and do not yet need to undergo a full facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Donath will help you to decide if a mini facelift can best address your needs.
The Mini Facelift Procedure
Local anesthesia with sedation may be used for this procedure. Incisions are typically smaller than for a traditional facelift and may be located along the hairline and/or near the ears. Working through the incisions, the facial muscles may be altered and the skin pulled back with the excess removed. While some swelling and bruising can be expected, these side effects are usually less extensive than after a traditional facelift. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within about one week after the procedure, though rigorous activities may be prohibited for a period of time.
Mini Facelift FAQs
A mini facelift is a less invasive version of the traditional facelift. The mini facelift can improve sagging of the lower face and neck including the jawline and jowls. This procedure can typically be customized to address the patient’s particular needs and generally involves a less extensive recovery with decreased bruising and swelling.
The procedure is a less extensive version of the traditional facelift and, as such, cannot achieve the same dramatic results of a full facelift.
If you are looking to improve sagging of the lower face and neck with minimal downtime, then a mini facelift may be right for you. Patients must also be physically healthy and realistic in your expectations. Patients must understand that the mini facelift cannot achieve the same dramatic results as a traditional full facelift. This surgery is often ideal for patients who are younger and have less extensive sagging that does not warrant a traditional facelift. Dr. Donath is happy to meet with you for a consultation to help you decide if this procedure can best address your needs.
During the consultation for a mini facelift, Dr. Donath will meet with you to examine your face, discuss your goals, and take a thorough medical history. He will weigh other factors like your skin type, ethnicity, individual healing, bone structure and skin elasticity to help determine if this procedure is right for you. Dr. Donath will explain the technique, the anesthesia, the surgical facility, the risks and the costs associated with the procedure. He will also be sure to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Additional procedures, such as facial liposuction or skin resurfacing, may be recommended if they can help to achieve your desired look.
Performed with local anesthesia and sedation.
Dr. Donath begins the surgery by making incisions which are typically smaller than the traditional facelift and are located along the hairline and/or near the ears. He may then alter the facial muscles if necessary, pull the skin back, and remove excess skin.
The incisions for the mini facelift are typically located in along the hairline and/or near the ears. they are usually smaller than those made for a traditional facelift.
While the incisions made for the mini facelift will result in scars, they are typically small and well concealed within the hairline and/or within the natural skin creases around the ears. Incisions and resultant scars are smaller than those of a full facelift.
There is usually minimal discomfort associated with the mini facelift.
Patients can expect some amount of swelling and bruising after the mini facelift, though this is typically less than after a traditional facelift. Pain and discomfort are generally minimal. Rigorous activities will be prohibited for a period of time.
Work and most other normal activities can typically be resumed within about one week after the mini facelift.
Why choose Dr. Donath
- Graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University where he was a scholarship recipient and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
- He then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, widely recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country, where he was President of the school’s American Medical Student Association.
- Completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University.
- He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School with the Director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Mack Cheney.
- Has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years.
- Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma and Allergan, and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.