As you reach middle age, it’s common to start noticing telltale signs of aging. You may notice that the skin on your neck feels loose or is starting to sag. Or, the shape of your face might start to change, with jowls developing where a firm jawline once was. At Facial Plastic Surgery of Central Texas, based in Waco, TX, we specialize in plastic surgery from the collarbone up. Using the latest advancements in our field, we offer facelift procedures to reduce signs of aging and help patients feel more confident.

A mini facelift can be a great way to achieve natural-looking results and rejuvenate the face with minimal downtime. Learn more about the benefits of a mini facelift and what to expect during the procedure.

How Does a Mini Facelift Work?

A facelift procedure uses small incisions to tighten the skin in the jowls, cheeks, and neck. With a mini facelift, you’ll typically have subtle incisions around the ears that easily hide in natural folds or borders. This procedure can be performed in an operating room under general anesthesia or in the office using local numbing medication and an oral prescription to help you relax. Once the SMAS has been sufficiently lifted, and the excess skin and tissue have been removed, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and staples.

Because this procedure requires less dissection than a standard facelift, it takes less time to complete. Generally, a mini facelift will take fewer than three hours, and the patient can go home the same day. Bruising and swelling are common after surgery but should improve significantly within a couple of weeks. Most people are comfortable going back to work seven to 10 days after the procedure. Stitches and staples can be removed after one week.

Advantages of a Mini Facelift

The result of a mini facelift is smoother, younger-looking skin. Results usually last for about five to ten years. You may be the right candidate for a mini facelift if you are in good overall health and have mild or moderately loose skin along your jawline or neck. A mini facelift offers several benefits, such as:

  • Rejuvenation: After recovery, patients will see a more defined jawline, as well as fewer creases and wrinkles in the face and neck.
  • Shorter recovery period: This procedure is sometimes called a weekend facelift because it results in less downtime than a traditional facelift.
  • Less invasive: A mini facelift uses smaller incisions and requires fewer stitches.
  • More affordable: Mini facelifts tend to be less expensive than traditional facelifts.

Plus, patients can choose to have other procedures performed at the same time, such as a brow lift.

A Reputation for Excellence

The team at Facial Plastic Surgery of Central Texas is led by Dr. Charles Guy, DO, FAOCO. Board-certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology, Dr. Guy specializes in all cosmetic and plastic surgery services from the collarbone up, including:

Well-known for his personalized, patient-centered care, Dr. Guy will take the time to walk you through your options and address any questions or concerns you may have. He has extensive experience performing mini facelifts and can accurately assess whether a patient would be a good fit for the procedure.

Expert Mini Facelifts in Central Texas

Facial skin starts to sag over time – it’s a natural part of the aging process. But if your appearance doesn’t match how you feel inside, a mini facelift may be the ideal solution to help boost your confidence. Plus, with our convenient location in Waco, TX, our patients don’t have to drive to Austin or Dallas to enjoy the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery. To schedule a consultation with Facial Plastic Surgery of Central Texas and learn if a mini facelift is right for you, contact us today.