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What Is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift is a surgical cosmetic procedure used to tighten the skin around the lower face, jawline, and neck. The surgery focuses mainly on treating loose, sagging skin to give the face and neck a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

How Is a Mini Facelift Performed?

During a mini facelift procedure, Dr. Tseng will typically make small incisions in front of the ears extending to the hairline behind the ears. He then uses these incisions to pull the facial tissue upwards and back toward the ears, which tightens sagging skin and reduces jowls. This also reduces the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds in the skin. In addition to the skin, the underlying muscles and fat tissues are lifted, which helps to ensure that the results look as natural as possible. After the skin and other tissue have been lifted, Dr. Tseng uses sutures to keep them in place.

Benefits of a Mini Facelift

For anyone dealing with loose, sagging skin around the lower face and/or neck, a mini facelift offers the following benefits:

  • Tighter, more youthful-looking skin around the lower face and neck
  • More defined jawline
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Less invasive than a traditional facelift
  • Shorter recovery downtime than a traditional facelift
  • Less expensive than a traditional facelift
  • Increased self-esteem

What Should I Expect During the Surgery?

If you’re thinking about undergoing a mini facelift, the best way to start the process is by having a consultation with Dr. Tseng. When you sit down with the doctor, he’ll examine the areas you’re looking to have treated and ask you questions about your aesthetic goals. You’ll be able to ask him any questions you have about the procedure, and he’ll devise a customized treatment plan that suits your needs.

A mini facelift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and takes around one to two hours to complete. To begin the procedure, you will be administered local anesthesia with IV sedation. Next, Dr. Tseng will make the necessary incisions and begin lifting and positioning the tissue around your lower face. Once he has precisely adjusted everything, he will use sutures to secure your tissue and close the incisions. Finally, he will apply bandages to complete the procedure. You should be able to return home shortly after the surgery is finished.

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How Long Is the Recovery Time?

After your mini facelift, you’ll need someone to drive you home and, ideally, spend the first night assisting you. You’ll probably experience some swelling and discomfort, but these symptoms will gradually fade. To ensure that you heal properly, it’s extremely important that you follow Dr. Tseng’s recovery instructions.

Most patients can resume their normal activities after one to two weeks. However, strenuous physical activity should be avoided for at least a month.

Am I a Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

If you’d like to tighten and rejuvenate the skin of your face and neck without undergoing a traditional facelift, you could be a candidate for a mini facelift. To be an ideal candidate for the surgery, you should meet these requirements:

  • Have loose, sagging skin around the lower face and neck that you’d like to tighten
  • Be in good physical health
  • Have reasonable expectations
  • Have a decent amount of skin elasticity

How Long Will It Take To See Results After a Mini Facelift?

Although you may see results shortly after your mini facelift, the complete results of the procedure will be revealed gradually. On average, it takes between nine months and a year for the full effects of a mini facelift to be visible.

Mark H. Tseng, M.D.
Mark H. Tseng, M.D.

Why Choose Dr. Tseng for a Mini Facelift?

You deserve the very best from your mini facelift procedure, and that’s what you’ll get when you select Dr. Mark Tseng for the surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Tseng has performed thousands of successful cosmetic procedures, and he has learned how to accurately evaluate each patient’s needs to provide them with wonderful results. He and his team will go above and beyond to ensure that you have a comfortable experience and achieve the youthful, vibrant appearance you desire.

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Mark H. Tseng, M.D.
Mark H. Tseng, M.D.
Mark H. Tseng, M.D.
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