Mini Facelift in Charlotte Overview
Treats: Early signs of aging like jowl formation and mild to moderate skin laxity
Length: Varies from 1.5 to 3 hours
Anesthesia: Awake or general
Side Effects: Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and possible numbness around the incision site.
Risks: Whenever a patient has any kind of surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, or side effects from anesthesia.
Recovery: While traditional facelift patients may need 2 weeks or more to recover from a facelift, mini facelifts only require 3-5 days. In fact, mini-lifts are often called “weekend facelifts” because patients can undergo the procedure on Friday and get back to normal activities on Monday.
Duration of Results: 5-8 years
Mini Facelift Before and After
“I did a lot of research like everyone else and consulted with a few highly rated doctors in the Charlotte area before deciding to go with Dr Kulbersh. He is kind, compassionate, respectful and a good listener. Everyone in his office is super friendly, supportive and professional. But it’s only after the procedure that I know I’ve made the right decision! Dr Kulbersh is amazing! He is truly talented and gifted in his field and yet so unassuming! He sincerely is the best, in my opinion.”
Mini facelift surgery treats mild to moderate skin laxity and helps to reduce the appearance of aging. It targets sagging skin around the midface and jawline for an uplifted and youthful look. This procedure may be combined with a neck lift, brow lift, or eyelid lift, depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals.
A mini facelift provides patients with noticeable improvement that can last many years. While the results aren’t as drastic as those provided by a full facelift, they can help patients turn back the clock with shorter incisions and less downtime.
Dr. Kulbersh uses his expertise as a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon to get his patients the results they’re looking for. He lifts the tissue in the lower face and removes excess, sagging skin to produce a more defined, youthful jawline. He also lifts and tightens the underlying muscles in two directions to create the most natural improvement. Specific steps vary to ensure results are natural to the unique contours and goals of each patient.
A mini facelift is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that’s less aggressive than a traditional facelift (rhytidectomy) or a neck lift with platysmaplasty. A mini facelift might be your best choice if you have early signs of aging, such as slight jowl formation and mild to moderate skin laxity.
Mini facelifts have a variety of names, which vary by doctor and marketing strategy. You may also hear mini facelifts referred to as:
- Awake Mini Lift
- Micro lift
- Lifestyle lift
- Feather lift
- S lift
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh prefers to call these procedures mini lifts or awake mini lifts because he typically uses local anesthesia when he performs them.
Specific techniques and steps for performing a mini lift can vary from surgeon to surgeon, just like the name of the procedure. It is essential to find the most skilled, experienced facial plastic surgeon to perform your surgery and make the lasting improvements you want. Because Dr. Kulbersh only performs procedures on the face, his knowledge of facial anatomy and refined techniques ensure you enjoy the best possible results from your procedure.
At Carolina Facial Plastics, we committed to providing you outstanding results from your mini lift. We are the only boutique facility in Charlotte to have our own operating room and recovery center, making the whole process simple and worry-free.
If non-surgical treatments have offered positive results but you are tired of having to repeat those procedures, a mini facelift procedure offers more long-lasting improvement. If you have too much loose skin to effectively address with non-surgical procedures, a mini facelift may also be the best option for you. Healthy adults with mild to moderate skin sagging who want a long-term solution tend to be the best candidates for this surgery.
Dr. Kulbersh will listen carefully to your goals at your initial consultation. He meticulously examines your skin quality, level of facial volume loss, muscle tone, and bone structure. If he recommends a mini lift, he’ll tailor the exact steps of the operation to meet your individual needs as he improves the balance and proportion of your face.
Dr. Kulbersh always chooses the least invasive way of obtaining the most dramatic improvement. His goals for a mini lift are to:
- Angulate your jawline
- Remove jowls
- Tighten skin
- Trim redundant skin
The result will maintain your unique beauty while restoring your youthful vitality. You will look like you, only fresher and younger than before surgery!
If you’re ready to reverse signs of aging like sagging skin and jowl formation, schedule a consultation at our Charlotte office. Dr. Kulbersh will develop a treatment plan that addresses your precise needs and goals, ensuring natural and beautiful results. Contact Carolina Facial Plastics today to learn more about your facelift options.
Frequently asked questions
As the name suggests, skin-only lifts focus solely on removing excess skin without repositioning the underlying tissue and muscle. This approach provides minimal improvement that doesn’t last for the long term. Dr. Kulbersh never performs a skin-only lift.
During a mini facelift at Carolina Facial Plastics, Dr. Kulbersh lifts and tightens your underlying facial muscles in two directions for the most natural rejuvenation. He uses the repositioned muscle as the anchor for your lift. This approach supports your skin so that you look refreshed, energized, and youthful, but never windswept or “done.”
Dr. Kulbersh’s mini lifts last for 5-8 years on average. However, some enjoy longer-lasting results, particularly when patients continue to improve their skin with regular chemical peels, laser treatments, and medical-grade skincare.
You might be an excellent candidate for a mini lift if you have early signs of aging that are not sufficiently addressed with nonsurgical treatments any longer. You might also choose this procedure if you are ready for results that last longer than nonsurgical options. The best way to know if a mini lift is right for you is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Kulbersh for further assessment.
Dr. Kulbersh typically uses local anesthesia for mini facelifts, which is why he also calls them awake mini lifts. He carefully places incisions in locations where visible scarring after surgery will be nearly invisible. Through the incisions, he repositions tissue, removes excess skin, and creates a smoother jawline contour. The entire procedure typically takes less than three hours to complete. Patients return home the same day as their procedure.
While some of the side effects of swelling, bruising, tightness, and numbness haven’t completely worn off yet, they’re not a major hindrance to their activities and aren’t extremely noticeable. That’s why this is commonly referred to as a “weekend facelift” because most people can heal adequately over the span of a weekend.
Recovery time for a mini facelift procedure can vary. Many patients return to regular activities within 3-5 days. It is not unusual to schedule this procedure on a Friday and return to work on Monday, which is why we sometimes call it the “weekend facelift.” Side effects like tightness, swelling, and bruising may linger longer, but should not be as noticeable after the first few days of your recovery process.
A mini lower face lift tends to offer a shorter and more comfortable recovery process than a traditional facelift. Patients do experience some mild soreness, swelling, and bruising, which typically subside within a few days. Dr. Kulbersh will prescribe pain medication for the early part of your recovery, although many patients find they do fine with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Insurance does not usually cover the cost of cosmetic procedures like the mini facelift. We will discuss the cost of your particular procedure at your consultation at Carolina Facial Plastics.