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The mini facelift (mini lift or minimal incision facelift) is designed to reduce the appearance of common signs of early aging that are limited to the mid-facial area. This procedure is often particularly beneficial for our patients in their 40s and 50s who are experiencing mild skin inelasticity along the jawline and neck. Mini facelifts accomplish many of the goals of a traditional face lift however with more severe drooping of the neck and jowl skin a full facelift provides a better, longer lasting result compared to a mini facelift.


In the initial consultation, Dr. Crabtree will use the time to get to know you, learn about your expectations and discuss a plan to achieve your goals.  Not all facial aging is treated with facelift surgery. Plastic surgery procedures and results are best approached on a least invasive to most invasive basis. For example, wrinkles around the mouth may be treated simply with fillers. Furrows on the brow may respond to Botox and shallow wrinkles on the cheeks may respond to laser resurfacing. Dr. Crabtree will discuss and outline how these additional procedures may supplement the results of a mini facelift. He will discuss the different types and locations of incisions, the risks of the procedure and the recovery process. It is important to discuss all of this prior to surgery to achieve the optimal outcome.

Mini Facelift or Short Scar Procedure:


  • Clinic Procedure or Operating Room: Operating room
  • Hospital Status: Outpatient
  • Length of Surgery: 2-3 hours
  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia in some cases but usually general anesthesia performed under the care of a board certified Anesthesiologist
  • Post-Operative: Small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood and fluid.  Bandages will stay in place for 1-2 days and you may see increased swelling in the first 24-48 hours. Stiches will remain for a week and bruising will disappear within 2 weeks.
  • Recovery Time: Return to normal daily routine in one week, two to three weeks avoiding strenuous activity and several months for scars to fade.
  • Results: The results will be evident immediately but will continue to improve and “settle” over the course of several weeks.