Mini Facelift

Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery
Matthew Karen, MD F.A.C.S.
Cosmetic Surgery located in Winchester, VA


Mini “Weekend” Facelift

The mini facelift is sometimes known as the weekend facelift because of how quickly it can be performed and how short the recovery period is. The procedure generally enhances key facial areas with less risk and downtime than standard facelift surgery. Additionally, the cost of the mini facelift makes it an attractive option, since it reduces minor sagging around the cheeks and jaw line much more economically than the conventional facelift approach.

What Is the Mini Facelift?

The mini facelift is a relatively new technique. Also known as “the weekend facelift,” it can be performed quickly and involves a shorter recovery period than traditional facelift surgery. The mini facelift focuses on specific areas of the face. Using smaller incisions the surgeon lifts, repositions, and removes facial tissue to achieve optimal results. Once factors contributing to unwanted sagging and drooping have been eliminated, the surgeon carefully repositions the skin using small sutures.

Candidates for Mini Facelift Surgery

A mini facelift is appropriate for people who are just beginning to experience the first signs of aging but do not want to wait to undergo more intensive surgery. In general, those who opt for this relatively simple “weekend” facelift are still in their 30s or 40s. Usually they want to remove minor sagging or drooping around the cheeks and jowls. For those wishing to address more serious sagging, a traditional facelift is probably a better option.

Standard Facelift vs. Mini Facelift

Traditional facelift surgery is appropriate for patients who would like to enhance their appearance by reducing wrinkles and sagging throughout their entire face. The mini facelift, by contrast, is intended for patients who wish to reduce sagging and droopiness only in specifically targeted areas. Mini facelift procedures cannot address areas such as the extra skin and fullness in the neck, whereas traditional facelifts generally produce results even in these problem spots. Dr. Matthew Karen can advise you on the merits of each procedure and help you make an informed decision about which is best for you. 

Mini Facelift Techniques

Because the cosmetic problems targeted are relatively minor, the incisions made during this low-stress “weekend” approach to facelift surgery can be quite small. As a result, the mini facelift is one of the least invasive procedures in facial surgery. Performed under local anesthesia, incisions are placed around the ear. Deeper tissues are identified and tightened and extra skin is removed. This minimizes deep dissection and thereby reducing surgery time and recovery time. The targeted cheek area and jaw line is improved. 

Mini Facelift Cost

The cost of the mini facelift makes it a particularly attractive option. While standard procedures can be highly effective, patients are sometimes reluctant about incurring the cost of traditional facelift to resolve relatively minor aesthetic issues. Since the mini facelift is less invasive, it can be performed more quickly and often requires only local anesthetic and is performed in the office. Additionally, patients are usually able to return home shortly after the procedure. All of these factors help keep the cost of the mini facelift quite low compared to other options. Dr. Matthew Karen, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon will be able to provide more detailed information regarding costs in specific regions.

If you’re interested in a mini face-lift, schedule an appointment with Dr. Karen of Exclusively Faces, Cosmetic Surgery in Winchester, Virginia by calling us today.