Mini Facelift: A More Conservative Method to Reverse the Signs of Aging
If you are self-conscious of jowls or an undefined jawline, a mini facelift can tighten loose, sagging skin around your jaw, neck, and cheeks. While more conservative than a full facelift, this treatment can dramatically enhance your appearance and rejuvenate a more youthful look. During treatment at our Victoria, TX, practice, Dr. Brian F. Burns can reposition the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) immediately beneath the skin, as well as eliminate excess skin or fat deposits, to redefine your facial contours.
A mini facelift can address telltale signs of aging in the lower third of the face.
A Mini vs. Full Facelift
Both full and mini facelifts are intended to reduce the signs of aging, including sagging skin and jowls. While a traditional facelift addresses the entire face, a mini facelift treats a smaller area, targeting the lower third of the face. A mini facelift is a less extensive procedure, but can reduce the most prominent signs of aging. Unlike a full facelift, which requires longer incisions along your hairline, a mini facelift features smaller incisions and less side effects. We also perform mid facelifts to help patients address sings of aging around the cheeks and eyes.
Dr. Burns combines surgical skill with an artistic vision to help his patients achieve beautiful results that complement their unique aesthetic goals.
Is a Mini Facelift a Good Option for You?
If you are bothered by minor to moderate signs of aging in the lower area of your face, including your jaw, you may be a good candidate for a mini facelift. Treatment can address:
- Sagging skin
- Displaced fat deposits
- Wrinkles and deeper creases
- Jowls or loose skin on your jawline
Typically, Dr. Burns recommends mini facelifts for patients over age 35, although the procedure can sometimes be appropriate for younger individuals. For optimal results, your skin should retain some suppleness and elasticity. Additionally, you should be in good health with a strong immune system. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Burns can review your medical history and evaluate your cosmetic goals to determine if this procedure is right for you.
What to Expect during the Procedure
Prior to your mini facelift surgery, we can administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Dr. Burns can then create incisions in front of your ears and extending back to your hairline. Through the incisions, he can gently lift up the facial muscles, repositioning them to enhance your contours. If necessary, he can also remove any excess skin or fat tissue, before closing the incisions with sutures.
Typically, a mini facelift procedure takes about two hours. After surgery, it is common to experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. To reduce these side effects, we can provide you with a compression garment to wear. You can expect to return to work about one week after surgery, though you may need a few extra days to recover depending upon your body's rate of healing. Typically, all swelling and bruising should subside within a few months to one year of surgery. We can provide you with detailed at-home care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
The Benefits of a Mini Facelift
A mini facelift can have a transformative effect on your appearance and improve your self-confidence. While the results are significant, Dr. Burns uses precise techniques to ensure they are natural-looking. In addition, this treatment is less extensive than a full facelift, and thus has less side effects and chance of scarring.
Why Choose Dr. Burns for Your Surgery?
When considering a procedure with long-lasting results, it is essential to choose the right surgeon. Dr. Burns has undergone rigorous training, including a voluntary nine-year residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is also board certified in plastic surgery. Dr. Burns combines surgical skill with an artistic vision to help his patients achieve beautiful results that complement their unique aesthetic goals.
Contact Us for a Consultation
Our entire team at South Texas Plastic Surgery, P.A. is dedicated to your comfort and safety, and can tailor your procedure to meet your unique needs. To learn more about mini facelifts and your other plastic surgery options, contact us online today. You can also reach us at (361) 576-1975 or (866) 576-1975.