Mini Facelift (Mini Rhytidectomy) – Leesburg, VA

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About Mini Facelift

By the time you reach your 40s and 50s, you may be tired of many of the nonsurgical options used to help keep you looking young and refreshed. The earliest signs of aging include volume loss and wrinkles, which can be addressed with injectable fillers and/or BOTOX. By the time you reach your 40s, the skin is also beginning to sag, particularly in the jowls and upper neck. A mini facelift is a relatively simple surgical procedure designed to elevate the skin of the lower face and upper neck for a more youthful jawline and neck profile without the need of general anesthesia. At Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang specializes in mini facelifts. He utilizes minimally invasive techniques for stunning outcomes and reduced recovery times. In addition, Dr. Chang will create a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs. Most patients may also benefit from volume replacement (via fillers or a fat transfer) and nonsurgical skin care procedures to address aging in the eyes and forehead. To book a complimentary consultation, call our Leesburg, VA office today.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for a mini facelift are typically over the over of 40, in good health, nonsmokers, and have realistic expectations. You are also a great candidate if you want to:

  • Elevate sagging jowls and improve the jawline
  • Round out a facial profile that has turned more square
  • Replace fat or volume back into the cheeks
  • Reduce the appearance of deep creases and wrinkles of the nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines in the cheeks
  • Improve the appearance of a drooping neck (significant droop may require the addition of a neck lift)

Surgical Technique

Your mini facelift can be performed in either the Loudoun Ambulatory Surgery Center using general or IV sedation anesthesia or in our office under oral sedation. Once you are calm and sedated, the areas in front and back of the ear are injected with a long-acting anesthetic numbing medication called Marcaine. When the numbing medication is in full effect, Dr. Chang will not only lift the outer skin but the underlying muscles called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) and fat tissues. The underlying tissue is pulled upward and sutured closed. It is the elevation of this layer that provides you with long-lasting results. Skin stretches easily and skin-only facelifts do not last as long. On average, a mini facelift takes about two hours to complete. 

What to Expect

After a mini facelift, patients commonly experience minor swelling, bruising, redness, sensitivity, and temporary loss of sensation and/or tightness in the lower face area. These symptoms are temporary and can be eased with over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients can return to their normal routine after 1 – 2 weeks but should avoid strenuous activities for three weeks. Sutures will typically be removed after 10 – 14 days. Although optimal results may take up to several months, Dr. Chang will utilize multiple follow-up appointments to monitor your progression and proper healing. Final results often yield a naturally youthful contour.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a mini facelift cost?
The cost of a mini facelift depends on many variables including the severity of your condition, where you are having the procedure, and what additional procedures you might be having at the same time. Supplementary procedures are usually discounted.

How long will a mini facelift last?
It’s difficult to determine how long a mini facelift will last as this will vary from person to person. Although a mini facelift produces stunning results, it does not stop the aging process. Your facial tissue will continue to fall as you age, but the longevity of your results can be strengthened by annual maintenance procedures such as SkinTyte.

How do you know if you’re ready for a facelift?
This is a very subjective question. The simple answer is that you will know when you are bothered by the sagging of your face. This may be when you are in your 30s or in your 60s. We now have the techniques and technology to treat patients anywhere in between with a high level of safety and satisfaction. The average age in our practice for a mini facelift is about 45 – 55 years old. For younger patients, Dr. Chang offers a procedure called a two-stitch facelift that includes fillers and SkinTyte to provide a minor lift with no facial scars.

What is the difference between oral sedation (in the office) and general anesthesia?
Many of our facial surgeries are performed in our office surgery suite under oral sedation instead of general anesthesia. Patients who elect for oral sedation are given Valium to help them relax. The purpose is not necessarily for them to fall asleep. Once the patient is relaxed, they are injected with a long-acting medication that allows the patient to continue the procedure without feeling pain. It is important to understand that the injections may cause some minor discomfort (like a pinch), but are similar to injections for injectable fillers or BOTOX.

Can I expect my face to be completely lifted after a mini facelift?
Dr. Chang’s goal is to provide you with natural and safe results. With that being said, Dr. Chang is very conservative and cannot promise you complete and perfect elevation of the face or neck. A tight look is unnatural, risks severe complications, and usually leads to wide scars. The procedure can be expected to be about 90% effective and maybe 80% effective in elevating the upper neck skin. There is some relapse after the surgery as the aging process will continue.

Elevate your look

If you are unhappy with what the years have done to your appearance, call Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Leesburg, VA for a mini facelift consultation. This simple procedure can elevate your look and reduce the signs of aging for a refreshed profile. Dr. Chang is a highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeon who has gained national recognition for his keen eye and natural-looking results. 

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