For women and men alike, wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging can be upsetting, especially when you feel young inside. Some people may simply want to stay ahead of the aging game by addressing concerns as they arise. For these patients, a mini facelift in Chicago with Dr. Thomas Mustoe or Dr. Sammy Sinno might be the best course of action.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno perform mini facelifts as modified versions of lower facelifts. Typically, the neck and midface (cheeks) are lifted during a mini facelift. Because this is a shorter procedure than a standard facelift, incisions are limited to a small area behind the ears. Most patients find that their scars stay obscured, regardless of how they wear their hair.
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Who Is a Candidate for a Mini Facelift?
Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno recommend the mini facelift procedure for patients who only need minor corrections to skin looseness and wrinkles. This option is popular with patients who want more advanced correction than can be provided by nonsurgical options, but who don’t feel they’re ready for a full facelift. A mini-lift can also be a useful “touch-up” procedure for patients who have previously undergone a full surgery. This option is best for correcting laxity around the cheeks and neck.
Mini facelifts can be complementary to less-invasive procedures, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers. Combining these procedures can create dramatic results. Due to the temporary nature of BOTOX and fillers, you can “test drive” your new look before committing to a full facelift in the future.
Men and women considering mini facelift surgery should be nonsmokers who are in generally good health. They should have realistic, specific goals for their desired outcomes, and their faces should show some age-related changes.
How Is a Mini Facelift Performed?
During the procedure, either Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno repositions the muscle and fatty tissue in the cheeks and refines the skin around the neck and jawline. For most patients, this results in a subtle, natural-looking change that can be enjoyed for years.
Mini facelifts are often performed under local anesthesia with sedation, though patients may request deeper sedation. If the mini facelift is performed at the same time as another procedure, such as eyelid surgery, your surgeon will use general anesthesia.
Why Choose Dr. Mustoe & Dr. Sinno
Through extensive research and experience, Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno have developed several
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- Predictable, natural-looking outcomes
- Use of local anesthesia with sedation
- Shortened, more comfortable recovery
- Minimal bruising
What Is Mini Facelift Recovery Like?
Most of Dr. Mustoe’s and Dr. Sinno’s mini facelift patients are able to return to work and other everyday activities within 1 week. Most full facelift patients require between 10 and 14 days for a complete recuperation.
Though Dr. Mustoe and Dr. Sinno use surgical techniques to ensure that mini facelift results last as long as possible, the surgery does not stop the aging process. Over time, skin will begin to sag and lose firmness, and wrinkles may reappear. At this time, a patient may return for a full facelift or other cosmetic procedure. Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno can help determine which combination of procedures will best benefit a patient based on his or her own needs.
How Long Does Bruising Last After a Mini Facelift?
Our surgeons’ techniques minimize bruising, which is largely resolved within a week and fully resolved in 10 days for most patients. For the occasional patient who has more bruising or who desires an accelerated recovery, we now offer a state-of-the-art laser treatment which dramatically improves bruising with one brief treatment performed during a postoperative visit.
If you’d like to discuss a mini facelift or other procedure with Dr. Mustoe or Dr. Sinno in Chicago, please request a consultation online, or call our office at