Dr. Frankel performs the mini facelift with the patient under local anesthesia with sedation.
He will create an incision at the temporal hairline which will reach to the front of the ear and then make its way around the earlobe, in the crease behind the ear. This incision is shorter than in a full facelift, which results in shorter recovery time and also less visibility once healing is complete. Procedure time is 1.5-3 hours.
Recovery and Results
Because of the shorter incisions and the local anesthesia, a mini facelift requires less recovery time than a full facelift. The majority of patients are able to return to their regular life (except for strenuous exercise) within a week. More intense exercise can be resumed in two weeks. Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are to be expected during recovery, but can be managed with over-the-counter medication. You will notice early results in the first 2-3 weeks, with long-term results improving more and more over the months. Results can last 7-10 years. If you're considering a mini facelift in Mayfield Heights, Beachwood, or Cleveland, Dr. Frankel is a great option for you.