One of the most effective anti-aging methods is to prevent concerns before they start. When non-surgical treatments no longer produce the results you want, Dr. David Gilpin can perform a facelift alternative for preventive rejuvenation with minimal downtime. Dr. Gilpin is our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a leading specialist in the mini facelift in the Nashville, TN area.
What is a Mini Facelift?
The mini facelift is sometimes called the limited incision or short scar facelift. It’s a less invasive version of the traditional facelift that most people picture when considering facial cosmetic surgery. The mini facelift has the goal of subtly rejuvenating mild to moderate signs of aging in the mid-and lower face using a smaller and less invasive incision than the traditional facelift. Many patients use the mini facelift when they start to need multiple syringes of filler every year as a way to maintain results from a previous SMAS or deep plane facelift.
How is the Mini Facelift Different from the Deep Plane Facelift?
The mini facelift uses a shorter incision around the ear than a traditional facelift, which can extend up or down into the hairline. The mini facelift also provides less lifting of the deep tissues and instead only tightens the superficial skin. This facelift is great for ladies in their late 30’s or 40’s who want to tighten up their lower face and freshen up their under-eye area.
How Do I Know When I’m Ready for a Mini Facelift?
If you’ve explored your options with non-surgical skin rejuvenation and are no longer achieving the results you want, a mini facelift can be an intermediate step before undergoing a deep plane facelift. The mini facelift is best for achieving a more refreshed and renewed version of yourself without noticeable changes. If your face is starting to look more round from using fillers over the years, you may want to consider a facelift to restore the muscles back to where they were originally and remove the extra skin that has suddenly appeared due to a loss of skin laxity.
Most patients benefit from a mini facelift in their 40s and undergo additional mini facelifts every 10 years to tweak their results.
Mini Facelift Recovery
Mini facelift patients can typically return to day-to-day activities within 10 days and light exercise within 3 weeks. It’s normal to experience bruising and swelling around the area, but this subsides most of the time within a week. Our team will supply prescription medications and aftercare steps on how to manage any discomfort during your recovery. It’s important once you invest in surgery to protect your investment with medical-grade skincare.
You’ll see a noticeable improvement with a mini facelift immediately. The mini facelift is best combined with treatments that help the top layer of skin like the MOXI™ laser or radiofrequency microneedling to support collagen growth and maximize the anti-aging benefits. Our team will help you put together a complete anti-aging package from among our most effective treatments and technologies at our Nashville office.
Schedule a Consultation
A mini facelift is an excellent option for patients looking to boost their confidence and take 5-10 years off their facial profile. To get started, schedule a consultation with Dr. David Gilpin by calling our Nashville office or filling out our online form.