Mini Facelift

If you’re becoming concerned about wrinkling or sagging skin in the lower face but are not quite ready for a deep plane facelift or full facelift, a modified surgical approach may be just what you need. A mini facelift is an effective alternative to a traditional facelift for patients with minor aging symptoms.

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Houtan Chaboki performs mini facelift in Washington, DC, for patients from Arlington, Virginia; Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Maryland; and nearby cities who want to refresh their appearance with shorter incisions and less downtime.

What Is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift, also commonly called a limited-incision facelift, S-lift, SMAS lift, or short scar facelift, uses a modified surgical technique that is less invasive and dramatic than more the more advanced deep plane facelift. It can be an ideal solution for patients in their 40s or 50s—or younger, depending on their aging symptoms—who require minimal correction or want to address loose, sagging skin proactively.

How Is Mini Facelift Surgery Performed?

Dr. Chaboki makes tiny incisions around your ears to lift and refine the lower face. Tissue under the skin is tightened. Excess skin is removed before re-draping and securing the remaining skin. The procedure is shorter than other facelift surgeries and can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation.

Because a mini facelift doesn’t address skin laxity in the midface and cheeks, patients should have realistic expectations that their results will be subtle and less transformative than a deep plane, traditional, or mid facelift .

Am I a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

Ideal candidates for a mini facelift are typically patients under 50 with minor concerns such as mild sagging and jowling. Mini facelifts are a popular option for patients who can no longer achieve the correction they desire from nonsurgical treatments alone but aren’t quite ready for a modern deep plane facelift.

Mini facelift patients often benefit from complementary procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers. Patients considering a mini facelift should be nonsmokers and generally in good health.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Chaboki, we’ll assess your skin, explore your concerns, and determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for a mini facelift or one of our more advanced facial rejuvenation techniques.

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Double Board-Certified
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chaboki has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the face and neck. When you choose him for your procedure, you’re choosing one of the most reputable facial plastic surgeons in DC, as well as a nationwide leader in preservation rhinoplasty.

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Mini Facelift Recovery: What To Expect?

While every patient varies, recovery from a mini facelift is shorter and requires less downtime than a traditional facelift. Most patients only need about 1 week of downtime compared to the 2 weeks of rest after traditional facelift surgery.

You will likely experience redness, swelling, and bruising during the initial recovery period. However, makeup can help camouflage these side effects. It’s essential to avoid sun exposure and follow the detailed post-op protocol prescribed by Dr. Chaboki to heal properly and achieve optimal results.

How Much Does a Mini Facelift Cost in Washington, DC?

The cost of your mini facelift in Washington, DC, varies based on the extent of your procedure, the type of anesthesia, and other factors specific to your needs.

Following your personalized facelift consultation with Dr. Chaboki, we’ll provide you with a detailed price estimate corresponding to your treatment plan. You can learn more about our facelift pricing by visiting our Financing & Fees page.
Learn more about your facial rejuvenation options by requesting a consultation or calling Potomac Plastic Surgery at (202) 800-2085.

Mini Facelift FAQs

How is a mini facelift different from a traditional facelift?

A mini facelift is less invasive and has a shorter recovery than traditional facelift surgery. The latter requires additional incisions but typically delivers more dramatic and long-lasting results. A mini facelift can be a good solution for patients with mild skin and tissue laxity in the lower face. In contrast, patients who require more correction in the face and neck are better suited for our advanced facelift techniques.

Will my results be noticeable?

Although Dr. Chaboki uses a less invasive surgical approach, your mini facelift will help you achieve subtle, natural-looking results. After mini facelift surgery, most patients feel like a younger and more vibrant version of themselves.

Can I get a traditional facelift or deep plane facelift after having a mini facelift?

As the signs of aging naturally progress, you may find that the results of your mini facelift are diminishing. Everyone’s face ages differently. Some patients may opt for a deep plane facelift a couple years after a mini facelift to preserve their youthful look.

Dr. Chaboki specializes in facelift surgery, including revision or secondary facelifts. Dr. Chaboki will help provide guidance as to which procedure is appropriate for you.

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