Mini face-lifts reduce wrinkles and sagging skin on the neck and lower two-thirds of the face, according to Plastic Surgery Portal. The goal of a mini face-lift is to create a more youthful looking facial appearance, and the procedure is especially effective at improving the appearance of nasolabial folds. Mini face-lifts do not improve the forehead or eye area. Patients can look as much as five to 10 years younger after a mini face-lift, states Phoenix Skin.
Mini face-lifts are ideal for men and women noticing the first signs of aging, notes Phoenix Skin. Less invasive and expensive than a traditional full face-lift, a mini face-lift takes a little over an hour and can be performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia and light sedation. During surgery, a doctor creates small incisions along the patient's ears, then removes excess skin, smoothes out wrinkles and redefines the patient's jaw line.
After mini face-flit surgery, patients typically experience discomfort and swelling. The face and neck may feel very tight, and bruising may occur, notes Phoenix Skin. Stitches are usually removed after a week, and most patients are able to return to work within 10 to 14 days after the procedure, according to Dr. Darrick E. Antell.