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What To Expect From A Mini Facelift

The facelift is a procedure that has withstood the test of time because of the amazing ability to reverse signs of aging such as dynamic facial wrinkles, loose or sagging skin, jowls, and drooping eyelids. Natural facial changes that occur over time are due to gravity, hereditary traits, laxity of the skin, and loss of facial volume. Perhaps you are beginning to see these early signs of aging, but you’re not ready to commit to a full facelift yet. The mini facelift is a great option for those who are beginning to notice aging in the mid to lower face but are looking for a minimally invasive technique with less down-time than a traditional facelift.

At Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Georgetown and Stanford Alumna Dr. Malena Amato has been serving the great Austin area with compassionate service, advanced technology, and an artistic sense of detail. With her prestigious medical training and exemplary patient-centered care, you can rest assured that you aesthetic goals are in great hands with Dr. Amato.

What Is A Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift involves repositioning portions of the lower face to reduce signs of aging. Dr. Amato will create incisions half the length of a traditional facelift just in front of the ear that wrap behind the ear. During the procedure, Dr. Amato will reposition the facial tissue and remove excess skin to help restore the smooth, contoured, and youthful facial structure with minimal swelling and discomfort.

Recovery After Your Mini Facelift

After your procedure is finished, any discomfort will be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Amato. Immediately after your procedure, you should expect the area to remain numb for a while to help alleviate any pain.

A great tip for recovery is to keep your head elevated during rest and sleep to ensure that your incisions are above your heart. This will help to keep any swelling down, promote recovery, and keep you comfortable.

Once your bandages and sutures are removed after one to two weeks, a soft chin support may be recommended to help minimize overall swelling and bruising, but you’ll be able to enjoy the full benefits of your mini facelift after just a few weeks of rest.

The Benefits of A Mini Facelift

While a mini facelift cannot stop the aging process, it can help to reverse some of the signs of aging and will give you a younger appearance that will remain as you age. Here are some benefits of a mini facelift:

  • Midface rejuvenation: wrinkle reduction, tightened skin, youthful facial contours
  • Smaller incision, minimally invasive
  • Faster healing time
  • Less risk of earlobe distortion
  • Less risk of injury to the facial nerves

Some patients choose to maintain the results of their mini facelift by having laser facial resurfacing treatments done or dermal fillers to enhance results.

Mini Facelift in Austin, Texas

If you are ready to take the next step in your facial rejuvenation with a mini facelift, please contact Malena M. Amato Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates online for a consultation.