Mini Facelift

Mini Facelift Surgery in Atlanta, GA

A mini facelift is a less invasive procedure than a traditional facelift and is performed to correct early to moderate signs of aging in the lower face and jawline. Often referred to as a a mini facelift uses shorter incisions than a traditional facelift and has a faster recovery time. It is an appropriate option for people in their 40s and 50s who are beginning to develop jowls or other signs of facial aging. A mini facelift can also benefit people who have had a facelift in the past and would like to refresh their results as the skin in the lower face continues to age.

Mark Crispin, MD, at Crispin Plastic Surgery, performs traditional and mini facelift surgeries in Atlanta to help men and women achieve a younger, more attractive look and renewed self-confidence. Dr. Crispin is a board-certified plastic surgeon who aims to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results for every patient. At Crispin Plastic Surgery, Dr. Crispin and his staff offer a warm and welcoming environment where patients are welcomed and valued for who they are.

To learn how a mini facelift with Dr. Crispin might enhance your appearance and help restore your confidence, contact Crispin Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation in Atlanta.


What Are My Mini-Facelift Surgery Options?

Dr. Mark Crispin is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who is devoted to providing natural-looking cosmetic results. During your initial consultation with him, the two of you will discuss the facial areas you want to be targeted and then together customize your procedure to ensure a rejuvenated facial appearance suiting your unique look.

How Is a Mini Facelift Different from a Traditional or Full Facelift?

A mini facelift uses shorter incisions than a traditional or full facelift and focuses on lifting and tightening underlying muscles and connective tissue in the lower face rather than removing excess skin. A mini facelift can correct the early stages of skin laxity in the lower face and jawline but can’t address pronounced jowls or significantly stretched and sagging skin.

Exceptional Results & Compassionate Care

For over 25 years, Dr. Crispin has been the top choice for plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures in the area. You’re provided with professional and compassionate care at the office, and it’s no wonder Dr. Crispin is named one of the Top Doctors in 2023 by Atlanta Magazine.

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Why Should I Consider a Mini Facelift?

If the signs of aging in your lower face—the area below your eyes down to your jawline—no longer respond to creams, lotions, or other topical treatments, surgery may help to restore a younger look. A mini facelift may be the solution if the changes in your appearance are due to laxity or shifting in the underlying tissue of your face and your skin is still resilient. In your consultation with Dr. Crispin, he can determine whether you would benefit from facial surgery and whether a mini facelift or a full facelift would be the most beneficial procedure to help you achieve your goals.

The changes made in a mini or full facelift can help restore a younger, more refreshed appearance to achieve a transformation that can boost your self-esteem and self-confidence.

Planning Your Mini Facelift

Planning for your mini facelift starts with your consultation with Dr. Crispin. During your consultation, Dr. Crispin will ask questions about your medical history and your aesthetic goals, perform an examination, and answer questions you may have. Based on his observations and what he learns from you, he will recommend an approach to treatment that will be customized to the condition of your skin, your anatomy, and your goals to ensure you receive optimal results in the safest, most efficient way. He will explain his surgical plan and what you can expect throughout the process.

In every cosmetic surgery, Dr. Crispin’s goal is to create natural-looking results that balance the patient’s features, taking the approach that promises the best outcomes and holds the lowest risk.

How Is Mini Facelift Surgery Performed?

Mini facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Crispin makes a small S-shaped incision around each ear—in front of the ear, around the earlobe, and ending in the crease behind the ear. Excess fat and tissue are removed, the muscles and connective tissues of the lower part of the face are repositioned, and the skin is tightened, resulting in a younger, refreshed, and more attractive appearance to the lower face.

After all changes have been made, the incisions are closed and protected with a sterile dressing.

As mini facelifts are an outpatient procedure, you will be released to go home on the same day. Arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your procedure and stay with you for at least the first night.

What to Expect After Your Mini Facelift

Following your procedure, Dr. Crispin and his staff will provide you with detailed instructions, including:

The first week after surgery, you may experience some numbness or tenderness to the face and hairline. Light swelling or bruising may also occur, but it is usually not as pronounced as in traditional facelifts and should resolve within two to three weeks. Most patients report only minor discomfort. Patients usually return to work in seven to 10 days. Exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for 30 days.

Plan to rest in bed for 24 to 48 hours and relax at home for a week to 10 days, after which you should be able to resume light work.

It will take some time for residual swelling to resolve and for the skin and underlying tissue to settle into its new position. You can use makeup to hide any initial discoloration, taking care to keep the incisions sterile until they heal. Final results will be visible six months to a year after your surgery.

Schedule Your Atlanta Mini Facelift Consultation Today

Contact Crispin Plastic Surgery online or by calling (404) 257-0064 to schedule a consultation for a mini facelift with Dr. Crispin. During your consultation, Dr. Crispin aims to understand your goals for treatment and will recommend procedures that achieve the best results with the safest approach.

Patients throughout the Atlanta area choose Dr. Crispin because of his caring approach, his surgical expertise, and his beautiful natural-looking results.

FAQs: Mini Facelift in Atlanta, GA

Yes. A mini facelift can often be combined with a neck lift to correct hanging skin and jowls, remove excess fat under the chin, and smooth and tighten the skin of the neck. The procedure can also be combined with non-surgical treatments, including injectables and fillers and laser skin resurfacing to smooth facial wrinkles and lines and brighten the skin.

Dr. Crispin will artistically and strategically place incisions where they are concealed in the natural lines around the ear. Once the incisions have healed, and in the weeks before the scars fade, you can easily conceal them with makeup.

The rejuvenating effects of a mini facelift typically last for 4 to 6 years, which is less than the roughly 15 years that the results of a full facelift last. As your facial tissue ages and the results begin to wear off, you may choose to refresh the results with a secondary procedure.

Candidates for a mini facelift include men and women with mild to moderate aging effects in the lower face area, such as sagging skin, jowls, and loss of definition along the jawline. Good candidates generally have good overall health and realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcomes.

A mini facelift differs from a traditional facelift primarily in terms of the extent of the surgery and the resulting scars. A mini facelift involves shorter incisions and targets the lower face. In contrast, a traditional facelift addresses a broader range of aging concerns and involves longer incisions, often extending behind the ears.

Some mini facelift benefits include shorter recovery time than a traditional facelift, less scarring, and a more natural-looking lower face and neck rejuvenation. Additionally, it is a suitable option for men and women who desire subtle improvements without undergoing extensive surgery.

The duration of a mini facelift procedure typically ranges from one to two hours, depending on the techniques your surgeon uses and the extent of correction needed. It is considered a shorter and less invasive procedure than a traditional facelift.

After a mini facelift, patients can expect bruising, swelling, and some discomfort in the treated areas, which can be managed with cold compresses and pain meds. Most patients recovering from a mini facelift can resume light activities within a week and gradually return to normal activities within two to three weeks.

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with a mini facelift, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and asymmetry. However, these risks are generally rare when the procedure is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in facelift surgery.

The choice of anesthesia for a mini facelift depends on factors such as the extent of the procedure and the patient’s preferences. While some patients may undergo general anesthesia for more extensive mini facelifts, opt for sedation, which allows them to remain awake but relaxed during the surgery.

While there will be initial swelling and bruising, you will see noticeable improvements in their appearance within a few weeks after a mini facelift. However, it may take several months for the swelling to entirely subside and for the final results to become apparent.

There are no strict age restrictions for undergoing a mini facelift, as eligibility is determined more by the presence of aging concerns rather than chronological age. However, candidates should have good overall health and realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcomes.

Before undergoing a mini facelift, your plastic surgeon will provide specific pre-operative instructions, including avoiding certain medications, quitting smoking, and arranging for someone to drive you home after the procedure. Following these instructions closely is essential to ensure a smooth and successful surgery.