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Facelift/Mini Facelift Specialist

What is a facelift?

A facelift removes excess skin and tightens the underlying sagging tissues in the cheeks, jawline and neck, thereby restoring a youthful appearance. Typically, a full facelift involves a longer incision compared to a mini facelift. It is used when the sagging skin in the neck and face is more advanced. During facelift surgery, sagging skin is repositioned, excess fat, tissue and skin are removed, and the underlying musculature is re-suspended with permanent sutures to make the lift last longer. The skin is re-draped in an upward and slightly posterior direction to give a natural look to the face. Extra time is also taken to hide incisions around the ear and back into the hair, while preserving the hair in front and behind the ears. Additionally, a facelift is typically combined with wrinkle-removing procedures like laser resurfacing or radiofrequency microneedling to rejuvenate the skin. Facelift/mini facelift specialist Dr. Lee Klausner’s goal is to obtain a natural looking result.

What is a mini facelift?

A mini-face lift is designed to improve advanced facial aging in the mid-face, cheeks and lower eyelids. This procedure will help to re-establish facial balance, giving an overall lift to the neck and lower third of the face. Facelift/mini facelift specialist, Dr. Lee Klausner uses a short scar facelift (mini facelift) for patients looking to avoid a traditional facelift in an attempt to cut down on recovery time. The mini facelift can be modified to improve neck fat and correct platysmal bands. Since the mini facelift is less invasive, it can be performed more quickly and often requires minimal anesthesia, much less than a traditional facelift. Additionally, patients are usually able to return home shortly after the procedure. All of these factors help keep the cost of the mini facelift more affordable in comparison to other anti-aging surgical treatments. The procedure generally enhances key facial areas with less risk and less stress than a standard facelift. Dr. Klausner surgically tightens and repositions the skin and muscles on the face to obtain a younger-looking appearance.

Video: Facelift/mini facelift specialist Dr. Lee Klausner explains a mini facelift

Video Transcript

A mini-facelift might be considered a facelift that is performed with a more focused approach on the jawline and upper neck and the scar is a little bit shorter than a traditional facelift. But um the reason to perform a mini-lift versus a more traditional facelift has to do with the simple fact that some people present with more advanced aging than others and some more work needs to be done, the incision needs to be longer if there is a larger degree of extra skin and fat in the neck.  


What are the results like from a mini facelift?

After receiving a mini facelift you will see immediate results. Visually there will be a quick and definable difference from before your procedure. For days and weeks following the surgery, your appearance will improve. As bruising and swelling starts to go down you will return to a more “natural” state.

Where and how is a mini facelift performed?

Facelift/mini facelift specialist Dr. Lee Klausner performs her mini facelift procedures in the office under local anesthesia or at a surgery center depending on the complexity of the procedure. The procedure itself normally only takes a few hours but expect to block out 4 to 5 hours for preparation and recovery. Dr. Klausner works to ensure you feel comfortable and supported throughout the whole process. 

Before and after a mini facelift (results may vary)

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What is the recovery from a mini facelift?

Like with any procedure there will be swelling and bruising. A mini face lift is considerably less invasive then a traditional facelift though. Facelift/mini facelift specialist Dr. Lee Klausner suggests patients to take several days if not a full week off from work to allow the body to heal after a mini facelift.

What else can be done during a mini facelift?

Depending on the requirements of the patient Dr. Klausner my use facial and neck liposuction (submentoplasty) to remove deposits of fat in the neck and cheeks. Once the fat is removed from the neck and face, facelift/mini facelift specialist Dr. Lee Klausner may tighten the muscles and remove any excess skin. Liposuction of the neck and face is much more comfortable than traditional body liposuction procedures so patients typically only require a local anesthesia. During your short recovery process you will be able to manage any pain with over the counter medications.

Contact Your Facelift/Mini Facelift Specialist

Lee Ann Klausner, MD is a facelift/mini facelift specialist. Please contact our office with any questions regarding your medical needs or to make an immediate appointment.

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