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.
Starting at $16,000
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
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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.
David Gilpin, MD
Dr. David Gilpin is a native of Nashville, TN. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Gilpin pursued his M.D. from The University of Tennessee…Meet The Doctor
How painful is a facelift?
Contrary to patient expectations, facelifts tend to be far less painful than expected. Pain control begins before the operation starts with local anesthesia and careful attention to local sensory nerves. Post-operatively, patients find they feel a sense of tightness but are quite comfortable with regard to pain. Postoperative pain control is usually managed with oral pain medication for approximately 2-5 days as needed.
When should you get a facelift?
People age at different rates, and both skin laxity and early jowling can occur as early as in the 40s. Some patients prefer to wait longer until the jowls are extremely bothersome, while other patients prefer to intervene sooner. With limited jowling, a less invasive procedure may be available to sharpen the jawline and improve the early signs of aging without a full facelift. However, as the jowl becomes more noticeable, usually in the mid-50s to mid-60s, a facelift will likely be the appropriate procedure. The sagging jowl is lifted and the jawline tightened. Most importantly, the facelift corrects the lower third of the face and the cheeks. Additional procedures can be performed concurrently to address aging in the eyes and neck.
What can I expect from a facelift?
Commonly misunderstood as a procedure to improve nasolabial folds, or the line between your lip and cheek, a facelift in fact is most useful in improving the jawline and correcting age-related jowls. Facelift procedures serve to address age-related changes primarily in the lower half of the face, such as jowling and other shape changes. This is the area where a patient can expect to see maximum improvement in their overall facial aesthetic from a facelift. The procedure can also, and is often, paired with other surgical procedures to address various aspects of the face. These procedures include a brow lift, neck lift, and more.
Does a facelift make you look younger?
Yes, a facelift can produce facial rejuvenation, providing an overall more youthful appearance. In aesthetics, there are three types of facial aging: skin texture changes, volume loss, and shape changes. Skin texture changes are best addressed with quality skincare regimens that incorporate both products and resurfacing treatments. Volume loss is targeted with dermal fillers, and shape changes are addressed with more invasive procedures such as surgery. Facelift procedures serve to correct age-related shape changes, specifically in the lower third of the face where jowling occurs. Contrarily, skin treatments correct skin quality by addressing a multitude of concerns, including superficial wrinkles, age spots, pigmentation, sun damage, and more.
How do I reduce swelling in my face?
Common methods to reduce post-procedural swelling include R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compress, and elevate). Our post-operative protocol includes reclined sleeping, a facial compression sling, and limited activity levels. Additionally, avoiding certain medications prior to treatment and procedure can help minimize swelling. We recommend patients discontinue any use of NSAIDS or other blood-thinning agents (fish oil, vitamin E, red wine, etc.)
How can I tighten loose skin on my face?
There are various types of facial aging, including skin quality decline, shape changes, and volume changes. For example, facial shape changes are typically addressed and corrected with surgical intervention. Skin quality is best addressed with more conservative measures, such as proper skincare, resurfacing treatments, and consistent maintenance. However, there are a few surgical procedures that can address skin laxity. FaceTite is a procedure that utilizes radiofrequency heat energy to increase collagen production. This can serve to secondarily tighten the skin in the treated area (typically the jowls and jawline).
How do I tighten my jawline?
There are several options available to those seeking to tighten their jawline. One option most patients often overlook is injectables, particularly dermal fillers. With the appropriate product and treatment plan, fillers can be used to restore volume in facial regions to provide an overall rejuvenated appearance. Other minimally invasive treatments to tighten the facial skin include Morpheus and Forma, which both utilize radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production. Alternatively, FaceTite is a surgical procedure that utilizes radiofrequency heat energy to tighten the appearance of jowls.
How do I get rid of my double chins?
Here at CARE Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of services and treatments that can help address excess fat in the chin and submental area. Some patients may choose a surgical procedure, such as liposuction. Contrarily, if a patient is more concerned with loose skin in this region, appropriate treatments may include FaceTite and/or Morpheus (microneedling with radiofrequency energy).
How do you reduce swelling after a facelift?
In efforts to reduce overall swelling, we recommend our patients follow our standard post-operative instructions. These include limiting activity, increasing water intake, avoiding high sodium foods, and sleeping upright for the first two weeks after surgery.
How do I prepare for a facelift?
With a facelift or any other cosmetic surgery, we recommend consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon to help ensure the best quality of care. We also recommend having a great support system during your recovery period.
How do you take care of your face after a facelift?
While patients can expect to continue to age, there are recommendations we encourage patients to implement into their day-to-day regimens. Proper skincare routines with medical-grade products serve to improve, maintain, and protect skin quality, further enhancing your facelift results. Oftentimes, taking care of yourself and maintaining good health secondarily benefits your skin. This can be done with simple habits such as staying hydrated, limiting sun exposure, and abstaining from smoking/nicotine use.
How long after a facelift can I exercise?
To reduce the risk of postoperative complications, we recommend our patients wait until 6 weeks after surgery before resuming normal exercise routines. We want to avoid any increase in heart rate or blood pressure to minimize complications.
How long does it take for bruising on the face to go away?
Every patient responds differently to major surgery. With most patients who receive a facelift, bruising tends to resolve by approximately two weeks after surgery.
How long do ears hurt after facelift?
Contrary to common belief, pain is not a commonly reported side effect of facelift procedures. Typical descriptions include discomfort similar to a headache. This type of discomfort is managed well with proper pain management protocol, and patients can expect it to resolve typically within the first 1-2 weeks after surgery.
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