A mini facelift is an effective option for some of the Toronto women and men who visit Visage Clinic for facial rejuvenation. This modified facelift technique involves shorter incisions to rejuvenate specific areas of the face with a faster recovery. Dr. Marc DuPéré specializes in facial aesthetic procedures and uses advanced techniques to create long-lasting results that look natural.
If you think a mini facelift can provide the aesthetic changes you want, request a consultation with Dr. DuPéré by using our online form, or call Visage Clinic at (416) 929-9800 to schedule an appointment.
Mini Facelift Benefits
Many women and men interested in facial rejuvenation ask about the mini facelift because of its many benefits:
- Using a local anesthetic and sedation (rather than general anesthesia)
- Shorter operation
- Reduced recovery time
- Shorter incisions
Who Is a Good Mini Facelift Candidate?
It’s natural for patients to want a procedure that is less invasive and requires a shorter recovery, but it’s not right for everyone. Dr. DuPéré’s assessment of your anatomy and your skin’s tone and texture — along with your cosmetic goals — are key factors in determining whether a mini facelift can provide the desired results.
Here are 3 indications that you’re likely a good candidate:
- You’re in your 40s or 50s with minimal to moderate excess skin.
- The skin and muscle in your neck remain relatively smooth and tight.
- Your primary concern is the lack of definition along your jaw.
The techniques involved in performing a mini facelift can produce lasting results, but it’s important that patients understand the procedure’s limitations. When Dr. DuPéré believes a mini facelift will not provide the desired result, he may recommend a more extensive facelift procedure to address significant age-related sagging.
Dr. DuPéré’s Mini Facelift Techniques
While the term “mini facelift” can be confusing as it has been used differently by various facial plastic surgeons, all agree that a mini facelift involves limited incisions and minimal undermining (i.e., skin detachment) to reduce bruising and swelling following the procedure. In the mini facelift, the front portion of the neck is not operated on but is instead lifted strictly from the back. Dr. DuPéré performs multiple variations of the mini facelift, including:
- “Skin-only” short-scar facelift where the incision is around the ear (i.e., in front and back of the ear), but not extending into the hair, with minimal skin detachment.
- MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) lift, which involves a small incision in front of the ear and into the scalp near the temple.
In the more extensive, classic facelift, the front of the neck is also opened and the muscle repaired, fat is removed from under the chin (double chin), and often a chin implant is added to complete the facial harmony. In such cases, the SMAS is lifted both vertically and obliquely, and the incision extends behind the ear, which is necessary for greater access to the tissue and muscle supporting the skin.
Using the MACS lift, Dr. DuPéré can still lift and reposition part of the SMAS layer in a vertical fashion, reducing the appearance of jowls and wrinkling in the midface. As with the other types of facelift he performs, Dr. DuPéré strives for a natural look without creating too much tension on the skin when he closes the incision.
Choose a Specialist for Your Facelift
Visage means “face” in French. Dr. DuPéré is a facial plastic surgery specialist who takes pride in customizing procedures based on a patient’s specific needs. Having trained under 2 of the world’s leading authorities on facial plastic surgery — Dr. Daniel Marchac in Paris, France; and Dr. Bruce Connell in Los Angeles, California — Dr. DuPéré’s ability to produce personalized results is exceptional.
Combining a mini facelift with other surgical or nonsurgical procedures can produce the type of comprehensive rejuvenation that most patients want. Younger patients often enhance their mini facelift results with the following procedures:
- Injectable fillers and fat grafting replenish lost facial volume.
- Wrinkle-reducing treatments smooth fine lines on the forehead and around the eyes.
- Laser skin resurfacing renews the skin’s texture and coloring.
Recovering After a Mini Facelift
A mini facelift is an outpatient procedure, and the recovery is typically shorter and more comfortable than what patients experience following a full facelift. Because the mini facelift consists mostly of minimal manipulation of the underlying tissue and muscle and a shorter incision, there is often little or no bruising.
Swelling is a common side effect, but resolves on its own with a few days. Dr. DuPéré often uses internal stitches — but when he does use external sutures, they can be removed 7 days after the procedure.
If Dr. DuPéré places small drains at the incision sites, he removes them within a day or 2 of the operation. Dr. DuPéré provides every patient with detailed recovery instructions that can help enhance the healing process and make the recovery as comfortable as possible. Additionally, his blog post on facelift recovery offers some useful tips.Back to Top