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Mini Facelift in Palo Alto: Also Serving San Jose and the Bay Area

The mini facelift improves the jawline, sharpens the neckline, and refreshes the overall appearance of the face. The result is a more alert and youthful appearance.  

What is a mini facelift?

The mini facelift is less invasive than the traditional facelift, although it still improves wrinkles and loose skin. Shorter incisions are used during the procedure which aid in quicker healing. As a result, patients experience less swelling and bruising, and recovery time than the traditional facelift. The shorter incisions are also more easily hidden, allowing for pulled-back hairstyles. The mini facelift is performed mostly to tighten the lower half of the face (the jawline and jowls), and is not typically used to address sagging skin of the neck. In fact, with a mini facelift in Palo Alto, the facial skin is pulled only very slightly. The result is a very natural-looking appearance.

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Mini facelift surgery details

Depending on the surgical approach used and if any other procedures are being performed along with the mini facelift, this surgery can be performed in just a few hours, under local anesthesia with variable degrees of sedation. This means that mini facelift patients are awake, but do not experience any sensation or pain during the procedure. As a result, the risk of adverse reactions to general anesthesia is avoided, and patients recover much faster. 

With a traditional facelift, the scar starts in the temporal hair, extends in front of the ear, goes around the earlobe in the crease behind the ear, and then goes into the lower scalp. With a mini facelift, the scar stops at the earlobe. To enhance and maintain your mini facelift results, Dr. Hessler might recommend periodic cosmetic injectables or laser skin resurfacing. She will create a comprehensive, customized treatment plan that will help you look like your best self. 

Mini facelift and other facial procedures

The mini facelift is a good option for younger patients who want to look rejuvenated — not a dramatic makeover. The surgery addresses only the lower face. If you’re also concerned about droopy eyelids or forehead lines, Dr. Hessler may recommend that you combine your mini facelift with upper-face procedures such as a forehead lift or eyelid surgery.

Or, if your concern is sunken eyes or deflated-looking cheeks, youthful facial volume can be restored by carefully chosen dermal fillers or fat grafting. No matter what your areas of concern may be, Dr. Hessler will design a personalized treatment plan just for you to get the most beautiful results possible.

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Recovery from a mini facelift in the Bay Area is faster and easier than with a traditional facelift. Most patients are able to return to light activities and work within one week and strenuous activities and exercise within two weeks. During recovery time, patients will experience some swelling and bruising. Any discomfort can be managed with appropriate pain medications prescribed by Dr. Hessler.

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Is a mini facelift right for you?

Because of its subtle nature, the mini facelift is more appropriate for younger patients who have skin that still has some elasticity to it. Typically, mini facelift is sought by men and women in their 40s and 50s who have mild to moderate sagging skin who want to tighten and raise the lower half of their face.

These individuals might have:

  • Some jowling
  • Skin laxity along the jawline
  • Deep nasolabial folds
  • Wrinkles in the lower face

Hessler Plastic Surgery for mini facelift in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area

If you’re interested in a mini facelift in Palo Alto, San Jose, or the Bay Area, Hessler Plastic Surgery is the perfect place for you. Dr. Hessler is known for delivering facial enhancement results that look natural and bring out her patients’ existing beauty. The mini facelift procedure is one of Dr. Hessler’s top surgeries, and is also one of her areas of focus. Dr. Hessler is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over a decade in practice, and she currently holds a position as Chair of the Women on the Facial Plastic Surgery committee at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Under her guidance at Hessler Plastic Surgery, you will experience a team of highly trained registered nurses and staff who make it their goal to take excellent care of you, from your first consultation to your last follow-up. To learn more about the mini facelift or schedule a consultation, please contact us.

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