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Mini Facelift Short Scar

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.

How To Prepare For A Mini Facelift

During your initial consultation, Dr. Crabtree will take the time to discuss goals and expectations that can be realistically achieved with facelift surgery. As it is often performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures, Dr. Crabtree will also help determine which complementary procedures may benefit you the most. 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. If you decide you are ready to proceed you will set a date for surgery and be given instructions on how to prepare. You will also schedule a pre-operative appointment to review your medical history, take pre-operative photographs, measure for your post-surgical garments and confirm the details of your surgery.

The Mini facelift procedure

The procedure will be typically be performed with general anesthesia and the length of surgery will depend on a number of factors, including any additional procedures that are being combined with the facelift. Dr. Crabtree will gently tighten underlying facial tissues and then remove any excess skin as needed. Throughout the surgical process, Dr. Crabtree will be aided by his board-certified operating team.

Example of Mini Facelift
What is recovery like?

You may experience bruising, swelling, and redness following your surgery. Mild discomfort following your surgery is common, and it can be controlled by taking an oral pain medication.

Most patients can return to work a week after their surgery. You can resume your regular exercise routine after three to four weeks. Most significant swelling should subside after six weeks of recovery, at which time your final results will become more visible. Residual swelling can take up to six months to resolve

Additional Surgery Information:

  • 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. Stitches 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.


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