Mini Facelift Overview
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
Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results
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.
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!
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.