Facelift surgery lifts and tightens sagging skin on the face and neck to create a smoother and more youthful appearance. A mini facelift is a modified version of the procedure with a smaller incision and less recovery time. If you have mild skin laxity and are showing the initial signs of aging, a mini facelift in Chicago could be your surgical anti-aging solution.

What is a mini facelift?

The mini-facelift goes by many different names, such as:

  • An S-lift
  • Weekend facelift
  • Ponytail facelift
  • Lunchtime facelift

Similar to a traditional facelift, a mini-facelift provides a refreshed look by suspending the SMAS facial muscle. While the results are less dramatic than a traditional facelift, the mini facelift is minimally invasive. It corrects wrinkles and sagging skin without the scarring and side effects of a conventional facelift.

A mini facelift in Chicago can:

  • Reduce sagging skin
  • Improve skin texture
  • Define the jawline
  • Improve the appearance of wrinkles on the lower half of the face
  • Help you look younger with less invasive measures
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What happens during a mini facelift?

Incisions are placed in front of the ears and extend from the hairline to the bottom of the earlobe. The incisions do not extend into your upper forehead or temporal region, unlike a deep plane or SMAS facelift, making a mini facelift a significantly less invasive surgery.

Dr. Few will then raise the SMAS muscle. He gently pulls the skin and tissues over the cheeks and toward the ear before removing excess skin to achieve a tighter and toned facial appearance.

On its own, a mini facelift cannot address concerns on the upper part of the face, such as eye bags, crow’s feet, or wrinkles on the forehead. However, the mini facelift can be combined with other procedures, such as eyelid surgery or a brow lift, to help maximize your anti-aging results.

How is a mini facelift different from a traditional facelift?

While the two lifting procedures are similar, there are some significant differences between a full and a mini facelift. The primary difference is that a mini facelift is considered a conservative approach to sagging jowls and wrinkles because it focuses on the neck and bottom third of the face. Alternatively, a traditional lift focuses on the bottom two-thirds of the face and neck for more comprehensive lifting and facial rejuvenation.

Because a mini facelift is less invasive than a traditional facelift, the smaller incisions can be especially helpful for patients prone to irregular scarring. This is also one of the most significant mini facelift benefits.

A mini facelift is also different from a complete facelift in the following ways. For example:

  • Smaller incisions require less recovery time
  • The results of a mini lift are considered more durable than a traditional facelift
  • Most mini facelift patients are between 30 and 40, while total lift patients are between 60 and 70
  • While recovery from a complete facelift lasts one month, just two weeks after your mini lift, you can return to work or school
  • The procedure commonly uses a local anesthetic and twilight sedation combination, which decreases anesthesia side effects such as nausea and vomiting
  • A mini facelift causes less recovery pain than a complete facelift

Mini facelift recovery and results

Once you’ve recovered from anesthesia, you’ll be sent home with dressings covering your stitches. These stitches will likely be removed in approximately ten days.

When planning your recovery, keep the following in mind:

  • You may not drive within the first 24 hours of your procedure
  • Avoid driving within 24 hours of taking prescribed pain medication that may cause drowsiness
  • If you have children or pets, schedule a caregiver for the first 24 hours post-op
  • You must avoid certain activities, such as high-intensity exercise, until Dr. Few has cleared you
  • You may experience minor bruising and swelling after your stitches are removed
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Why choose The Few Institute for a mini facelift in Chicago?

Dr. Julius Few is a board-certified authority in facial plastic surgery. His elite training background, including a fellowship at the prestigious Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, allows Dr. Few to deliver naturally beautiful results that perfectly match the client’s unique anatomical structures.

Dr. Few is a caring and compassionate individual who connects deeply with his patients to ensure they feel visible and empowered throughout their treatment process. He is passionate about seeing his clients looking and feeling their best. Dr. Few believes that transparency, integrity, and unwavering attention to detail are the cornerstones of a successful mini-facelift, which is why you should choose The Few Institute.

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