Subtle Facial Rejuvenation With Mini Facelift Surgery
With less-invasive facial plastic surgery procedures like a mini-facelift in NYC, Dr. White can enhance specific areas of aging in the lower portion of the face with subtle, natural-looking results.
What is a Mini-Facelift?
Jowls, excess skin, and creases around the mouth often develop as the skin, tissues and musculature of the face advance in age. Gravity, loss of skin elasticity, genetics, sun damage, and loss of facial volume can all contribute to these changes in your facial appearance. If you are noticing the effects of aging concentrated along the lower portion of your face, but are not yet ready for a full facelift, a mini facelift may provide the more specific degree of cosmetic enhancement you need.
Dr. Matthew White is highly skilled and experienced in all aspects of facial and reconstructive surgery and can determine the ideal approach for restoring a more youthful appearance with natural-looking results.
What is the cost of a mini facelift?
The cost of a mini facelift varies from patient to patient, depending on the needs and goals of each individual. After your consultation, Dr. White will design a treatment plan to achieve your goals.
Facelift Before & After
Benefits of a Mini Facelift
This procedure offers our New York patients the option of addressing excess skin and muscular laxity affecting only the lower third of the face. For many patients, targeting this area can provide significant improvement to the overall appearance of the face and keep them looking younger for longer periods of time.
Benefits of a mini facelift include:
- Removal of excess skin
- Lifts and smooths sagging skin and tissue along the jawline and lower face (jowls)
- Tightens underlying facial musculature
- Reduces the appearance of folds and wrinkles framing the mouth and chin (nasolabial folds and marionette lines)
- Provide lift to the lower cheek
Every patient is different and Dr. White customizes each procedure to effectively improve areas of concern and provide maximum enhancement.
Mini Facelift NYC Candidates
Ideal candidates for a mini facelift in NYC are typically men and women in their 40s or early 50s showing key signs of facial aging in the lower third of the face. Jowls along the jawline, loose skin, wrinkles, and creasing below the cheek line and around the mouth can all potentially be addressed with a mini facelift.
During a consultation, Dr. White thoroughly examines all aspects of the face to determine if a mini facelift is indeed the appropriate procedure for meeting your aesthetic needs.
Traditional VS Mini Facelift
Whether you undergo a traditional or a mini facelift will mainly depend on how extensive your signs of aging are. For example, if you want to remove a large amount of lax tissue around the neck and cheeks, and tighten skin throughout your entire face, a traditional facelift will likely be ideal, because it’s a more intensive procedure. However, if you want to address minor sagging skin around your cheeks, jawline and neck, but you don’t need to address the forehead or eye area, you may be able to achieve the results you desire with a mini-facelift.
When compared to the traditional approach, a mini facelift comes with a number of benefits that are appealing to many patients. The scars tend to be extremely minimal, and are easily concealed within your hairline and facial contours. There are also very few side effects associated with the mini facelift, and patients report considerably less swelling, bruising and post-operative pain when compared to the traditional approach. Also, because it’s a less intensive procedure, it can be performed relatively quickly and with local anesthesia, rather than the general anesthesia that is required with a traditional lift.
Mini Facelift Procedure
The mini facelift procedure can be performed under mild sedation and local anesthesia. Surgery may take about two hours to complete, depending on the degree of enhancement Dr. White is trying to achieve. After the anesthetic has taken effect, Dr. White makes a small incision along the front of the ear. Through this incision, he accesses, lifts, and secures lax tissue and musculature to a more elevated position. The skin is then smoothed upward and any excess is removed before carefully closing the incision.
This process is then repeated to create symmetrical results on the other side of the face. Every mini facelift procedure is custom-tailored to the unique needs and cosmetic goals of each patient and may be performed in combination with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, BOTOXⓇ Cosmetic, or lip augmentation to provide more extensive rejuvenation.
The Importance of SMAS Lifting
When seeking your facelift surgeon, it’s important to select a surgeon with extensive experience performing SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) lifting, like Dr. White. With this approach, the surgeon tightens your skin and addresses the lax underlying muscles and tissues.
By correcting the aging structure beneath the surface of the skin, SMAS lifting enhances your facial contours in a long-lasting and natural way. Conversely, when a surgeon only lifts the skin during a mini facelift, and ignores the underlying tissues, the results tend to appear artificial.
The Recovery Process
Recovery after the mini facelift procedure is generally less intensive than a traditional facelift. After mini facelift surgery, most New York patients do not typically experience significant discomfort and pain is often easily managed with medication.
Swelling and bruising are common and generally resolve within seven to ten days after surgery. Dr. White recommends elevating the head during the first few days of recovery to aid in healing. Sutures are typically removed about one week after surgery.
It is very common for Dr. White to perform complementary procedures in conjunction with the mini facelift, because blending surgeries allows him to achieve the comprehensive transformation many of his patients are looking for. Although every treatment plan is unique, Dr. White tends to combine the following surgeries with the mini facelift:
Neck lift: If sagging skin and excess fatty deposits underneath the chin are contributing to an older appearance, you may need a neck lift to restore youthful definition to the area. In many cases, Dr. White can rejuvenate the neck through the same incisions used during the mini facelift.
Brow lift: When forehead creases, furrows between the eyebrows and a perpetually sad, tired or angry expression have developed, Dr. White may perform a brow lift along with the mini facelift to achieve a more refreshed and pleasant overall look.
Eyelid lift: If your eyes are displaying telltale signs of aging with wrinkles, heavy bags and crow’s feet, eyelid surgery may be recommended. When performed with a mini facelift, this procedure can restore a well-rested look that has the potential to take years off your appearance.
Why Choose Dr. White For a Mini Facelift?
When choosing your facelift surgeon, it’s essential to select a surgeon with extensive experience performing SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) lifting, like Dr. White. Dr. White is specialty trained to customize each facelift, providing you with the most natural-looking results possible. He is skilled in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of every kind. Using today’s most advanced and reliable techniques, Dr. White achieves impressive mini facelifts in NYC that are uniquely tailored to meet your aesthetic goals.
Dr. White is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery). He is a member of the following Professional Societies:
Contact Dr. W. Matthew White
If you are looking for one of the most experienced providers of the mini facelift, look no further than Dr. Matthew White. For more information, please contact our office. Our friendly staff can answer any questions you may have and schedule your consultation with Dr. White.
How long will my mini-facelift results last?
A mini facelift will easily last around ten years.
Will it look natural?
Results look youthfully rejuvenated and natural.
Will there be visible scars after my mini facelift?
Minimal scars are in the hairline near the temples, in front of the ear, down the front of and hugging the earlobe area.
What type of anesthesia is used during a mini facelift?
During a mini facelift, the two main types of anesthesia commonly used are local anesthesia with sedation, where the surgical area is numbed and the patient is relaxed but conscious, or general anesthesia, which renders the patient unconscious throughout the procedure. The specific choice depends on factors such as the extent of the surgery and individual patient considerations.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Mini facelift risks include bleeding, infection, and scarring.
How can I prepare for a mini facelift?
If you smoke, at least a month before the procedure. In coordination with your doctor, stop taking any blood thinning medication or supplements.
What is the best age to have a mini facelift?
While there is no “right age” for a mini facelift, this procedure is generally more ideal for patients with less severe or advanced signs of age.