Mini Facelift

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Sagging skin around the jawline; loss of volume in the temple and cheek area; small fat deposits under the eyes. These are perhaps the most common telltale signs of aging. As with most issues related to aging, it is imperative to take care of these symptoms before they become more problematic. In this vein, many patients are taking a proactive approach in choosing to undergo a mini-rhytidectomy (commonly known as a “mini-facelift”).

How Does a Mini Facelift Work?

A mini facelift is a modified form of a traditional facelift. In the “mini” version, a plastic surgeon uses small incisions around your hairline to help lift the lower half of your face to help correct sagging skin. The procedure typically involves a shorter scar incision and less surgery. It delivers good results for patients experiencing sagging skin, early jowls, a softening jawline, and other mild changes related to aging. The procedure may have special appeal for people who have seen limited results from using dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation.

A mini facelift will not provide the same level of results as full facelift surgery. However, many still find that the procedure can dramatically improve their look, and give them a more youthful appearance. The mini-lift also does not address a sagging midface, which is typically addressed by a more thorough deep-plane or bi-planer facelift. Mini lifts are appropriate for those showing early signs of skin laxity, while full facelifts are best for those with heavy jowls (commonly known as “turkey neck.”)

Mini lifts are performed by Dr. Michael Gellis, GIOSTAR Chicago’s board-certified plastic surgeon, and a pioneer in innovative advanced liposuction techniques. We do this under local anesthesia in our surgical suite. Patients are given an oral relaxant and the area is numbed. Most patients fall asleep. Since the incision lines are small, most patients can return to work in a matter of days.