Mini Facelift


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.


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.

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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.


  • Mild to moderate wrinkles
  • Loose or sagging jawline
  • Sagging under eyes


  • Short incision
  • Minimal downtime
  • Subtle rejuvenation



Investing in your confidence is a big step, and your choice of facial plastic surgeon should reflect it. We offer a premier, luxury environment where you can focus on yourself.

With the help of our professional and knowledgeable team, you can begin your journey toward a more confident you. We’ll take every step to ensure you feel comfortable, pampered, and acknowledged. Begin your refined and cultivated experience here at Gilpin Facial Plastics & Aesthetics.


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 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.


Dr Gilpin and his staff are the absolute best and I had an incredible experience with them before, during and after my procedure. They are knowledgeable and caring and I am very grateful for my experience with them!

I cannot recommend Dr Gilpin highly enough. He is so extremely knowledgeable and considerate in making the patient comfortable with all decisions and during the procedure. The nurses go above and beyond to make one feel at ease all along the way. The staff is wonderful! The office is beautiful. My results are amazing! Most of all Dr Gilpin is a true kind and professional surgeon!

Everyone at Gilpin Facial is wonderful! From the front desk, to the nurses to Dr. Gilpin himself. I’ve switched everything involving my skin and face over to their practice and I couldn’t be happier with the results. You will always feel comfortable and they go above and beyond to make you happy. I can’t recommend this place enough!

Every experience with Gilpin Facial Plastics + Aesthetics is better than the last. From the gorgeous location and caring team of skin care professionals, to the meticulous procedures, I always feel so well taken care of.

The team at GFP makes sure I feel secure and confident in my skincare choices and leave me feeling more youthful after every appointment. I wouldn’t trust anyone but Dr. Gilpin, Meredith, and their team to answer my questions and take care of my aesthetics needs.


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.


What Is Recovery Like After a Facelift?

Dr. Gilpin is highly involved with his patients' aftercare, and you can expect a personal visit from him at your home or hotel room after your procedure. He will also call you or your caregiver personally the night after your surgery to make sure your recovery is proceeding optimally. It's recommended that you have a responsible friend or family member stay with you for the first night and drive you home after surgery. During surgery, Dr. Gilpin aims to be as gentle as possible, which usually results in less bruising and swelling, and most of his patients report minimal discomfort after a facelift. Vertical facelift patients may experience a feeling of “tightness”, especially under the chin and neck, which fades as time progresses. Dr. Gilpin will see you on your first post-operative day to remove bandages and check your healing. Swelling and bruising will last from a few days up to two weeks, and you can typically resume social functions within seven to 10 days after surgery. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks.

What Kind of Anesthesia Will Be Used During a Facelift?

For optimal safety and comfort, Dr. Gilpin typically performs facelift procedures under general anesthesia.

What Are the Risks Associated with a Facelift?

When performed by a board-certified surgeon on carefully selected candidates, complications from a facelift are rare. In the rare event complications do occur, they are usually related to adverse reactions to anesthesia, poor healing, or poor scarring.

When Will I See the Final Results of My Facelift?

Most patients see significant results from their facelift within the first one to two months after the procedure. Subtle changes may continue to occur for up to a year after the procedure as well.

Can I combine a facelift with other procedures?

The facelift can easily be combined with other facial procedures like eyelid surgery, neck lift, brow lift, and rhinoplasty. Dr. Gilpin can make a professional recommendation based on your goals and concerns during your consultation.

How should I prepare for my facelift?

When preparing for your surgery, it's important to follow Dr. Gilpin's instructions to ensure a safe and effective procedure. This includes avoiding over-the-counter medications like aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs. Certain herbal supplements can also increase bleeding, so make sure to discuss these during your consultation. You should also discuss any facial products you regularly use, since some ingredients can compromise your results and skin quality. Most importantly, you should stop smoking at least four weeks prior to your surgery date.

Will the Results of My Facelift Be Permanent?

When approaching each procedure, Dr. Gilpin is committed to performing surgery that will last as long as possible, without patients looking over-corrected or altered. Although you can't permanently stop the aging process, you can expect the results of your facelift to be long-lasting, especially when paired with a healthy lifestyle. In general, your facelift will make you look about 10 years younger, and while aging will continue, the procedure will essentially “turn back the clock” and allow you to age gracefully over time. Many Nashville patients also opt to maintain their rejuvenated appearance with non-invasive treatments, like Botox injections and dermal fillers.

Where Will My Facelift Be Performed in Nashville?

Dr. Gilpin's procedures are typically performed at the Cool Springs Surgery Center, which is a fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgical center conveniently located in Nashville.

Will a Facelift Leave Noticeable Scars?

Dr. Gilpin meticulously hides facelift incisions within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face. When performing a deep plane facelift, the incision typically begins at the hairline of the temples, continues around the ear, and ends in the lower scalp area.u00a0Neck lift incisions often wrap behind each of the earlobes and then end in the lower scalp. There is also a small incision under the chin, which is hidden in a natural crease.u00a0Dr. Gilpin's goal is for you to look naturally refreshed, without any evidence that you have undergone a procedure.

What is the average cost for a facelift?

The cost of your facelift can vary widely based on factors like your area, your plastic surgeon, and your specific surgery. Our facelift range begins at $19,000-$21,000 and can increase depending on the procedures that will meet your goals. During your consultation with Dr. Gilpin, you’ll receive a full estimate of your facelift cost in Nashville.


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