The Mini Facelift: Making Your 40s Your Best Decade Yet

Posted October 14, 2020 in Facelift

Although the facelift is one of the best options for rewinding the clock, it’s becoming more common to take a different approach to anti-aging. Traditionally, the facelift has been a way to remove decades from the facial profile later in life— and evolving facelift techniques make this an effective option! But, one increasingly popular approach to aging is to opt for smaller procedures earlier on, and this is where the mini facelift shines. If you’re looking for a fresh start in your late 30s and beyond, then the mini facelift is one procedure to know about. Here’s how you can get the best out of it and combine it with some of our best treatment options.

Why Choose the Mini Facelift?

The mini facelift can lift and tighten mild sagging that is the result of early aging in the lower face. It’s less invasive and less extensive than a traditional facelift, making it a great option for younger patients looking for a naturally-rejuvenated look. Rather than a more extensive procedure later on that produces dramatic results, many patients enjoy a mini facelift that achieves a subtle look, especially when combined with other non-surgical or minimally-invasive options. Additionally, you can enjoy your results with a mini facelift for longer (as much as five to ten years) and put off the need for a more extensive procedure later on.

What Can I Expect?

During the mini facelift, or the limited incision facelift, an incision is made at the hairline and extends behind the ear but doesn’t reach up into the forehead like a traditional facelift. Then, the underlying muscles and tissues are tightened before the incisions are closed. The mini facelift comes with much less downtime compared to a traditional facelift. You can expect about three weeks of downtime before you’ll feel comfortable returning to public, especially if you combine your procedure with minimally-invasive options like facial liposuction. The result is a more rejuvenated and refreshed look to the lower face, jowls, and neck area that can last for the long term with the right approach.

What Should I Combine with My Mini Facelift?

The mini facelift combined with chin liposuction is a powerful combination, especially once submental fat begins to sag with early signs of aging. However, it’s important to maintain your look with some effective skincare options like RF microneedling to tighten up skin further and maintain your body’s natural collagen production (which begins to drop off as early as your late twenties and early thirties!). Additionally, your at-home skincare regimen can make or break your mini facelift results, so our skincare team can recommend some of our best professional-grade options to combat further signs of aging and boost your skin’s cell turnover.

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