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Do you want to reverse the early signs of aging from your lower face? Do you want to tighten sagging skin tissues and treat early jowls in your lower face and neck? A mini-facelift is the ideal procedure to restore a youthful appearance, reversing mild or early signs of aging. Dr. Pearlman’s mini-facelift can treat early jowls, tighten skin tissues, and provide a youthful contour with minimal scarring.

What is a mini facelift?

The mini-facelift is generally used to treat early signs of aging, when you have minimal sagging and early jowls in your lower face and neck. This procedure is often called a “short flap” facelift because of the type of incision used, extending from the top of the ears, going down the small rectangles at the opening of the ears (tragus), and ending just behind the earlobes.

These hairline incisions are used as entry points to pull your skin upwards and trim away the excess skin tissues, resulting in tauter and smoother skin. The mini-facelift tightens the SMAS, an area of musculature on the lower face, providing a youthful facial contour. The mini-facelift is ideal for young patients who don’t yet have heavy jowls or excessive sagging of the skin.

Older woman with lighter signs of aging

What are the benefits of Dr. Pearlman's mini facelift?

  • An ideal alternative to a traditional facelift, suitable for individuals with minor or early signs of aging
  • The incision scars, well-concealed behind the ears, are practically undetectable once healed
  • Treats early jowls, giving you smooth and taut skin
  • Provides a youthful facial contour
  • The swelling and bruises dissipate within one or two weeks, so the recovery process is fairly quick
  • Natural-looking results without obvious signs of cosmetic manipulation, i.e., your skin doesn’t look “pulled”
  • Restores your confidence, making you proud of your facial appearance
  • When you look good, you feel good, and when you look young, you feel young

Am I a suitable candidate for a mini facelift?

Mini-facelifts are ideal for people with early signs of aging, such as early jowls and mild sagging of the skin. As such, you’re the ideal candidate for a mini-facelift if you’re in your 20s or 30s, and you’ve started noticing signs of aging. Patients in their 40s can also opt for mini-facelifts, provided they don’t have severe sagging and wrinkles.

You should consider a mini-facelift if you’re unhappy with your current facial appearance, look tired, or have jowls, wrinkles, sagging skin, or hollow cheeks. You should also be in good health, and you must stop smoking for at least a month before the procedure. Besides these general guidelines, Dr. Pearlman will examine your facial anatomy and discuss your cosmetic goals to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for a mini-facelift.

What can I expect from the mini facelift procedure?

Dr. Pearlman personalizes each mini-facelift procedure to the patient’s specific needs and goals. As such, no two mini-facelift procedures are alike. During your initial consultation for a mini facelift in NYC, Dr. Pearlman will carefully examine your facial anatomy and discuss your goals to curate the ideal treatment plan, using a pen to create a treatment map for the incisions on your face.

The mini-facelift surgery will be conducted under general or local anesthesia. The doctor will make small hairline incisions around the ears to “pull” your skin upwards, redistribute fat, and trim excess skin tissues. Once the procedure is done, your incisions will be sutured, and you’ll be released after a brief evaluation period.

You can return home a few hours after the procedure, though you’ll need someone to drive you. The doctor will advise you to stay indoors and avoid activities for a few days, and he’ll provide a set of detailed recovery guidelines. You’ll notice some swelling and bruising around your face, but these side-effects will gradually dissipate in a few days, and the incision scars will gradually fade into a dull pink.

The procedure’s results will become apparent after a few weeks, and the results will continue improving for several months. It’s worth noting that a facelift only turns back the clock on aging; it doesn’t stop the aging process altogether. However, most of our mini facelift patients can retain the results of the mini-facelift for 5 to 10 years.

Why choose Dr. Steven Pearlman for a mini-facelift?

Dr. Steven Pearlman is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in New York City. Dr. Pearlman has performed numerous facelifts and cosmetic surgeries throughout his illustrious career, and he's repeatedly received recognition as the best cosmetic doctor by patients and peers alike. He personalizes each procedure to the patient's specific needs, ensuring you achieve the most natural results possible, with no signs of cosmetic manipulation.