Why is it Called “Mini”?

It’s known as a “mini” facelift because it only pulls the skin very slightly. Our mini facelift in Cleveland is a great option for individuals with mild deep tissue sagging, and results in a much more refreshed and youthful appearance.

Performed mostly to address signs of aging the lower half of the face, the mini facelift reduces wrinkles and sagging skin, defines the jawline, and refreshes the overall appearance of the face. A mini facelift does not address the neck. 

Key Benefits of a Mini Facelift

  • Incisions are more easily hidden because they are shorter
  • Less swelling and bruising
  • Less recovery time required
  • Local anesthesia is used instead of general anesthesia
  • Quicker healing time with less swelling and bruising
  • Less expensive than a full facelift
  • Rejuvenation that is subtle and natural-looking

Ideal Candidates for a Mini Facelift

  • Don’t yet need a full facelift
  • Are in their 40s and 50s
  • Skin still has good elasticity 
  • Have mild to moderate sagging skin 
  • Have mild to moderate jowling
  • Have deep nasolabial folds
  • Want subtle, natural-looking improvement 
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Surgery Details

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.

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Dr. Frankel: Premier Surgeon for Facelift

Jonathan Frankel, MD, is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and the owner of Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery — the premier center for facial plastic surgery in Cleveland. Specializing in facial rejuvenation, Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery is patient-centered and designed for comfort and privacy, with a boutique feel. We offer concierge-type service that makes patients feel heard and understood. We know it takes courage to contact a plastic surgeon, and we do our best to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during every point of the process. Dr. Frankel’s education and extensive training specifically in facial plastic surgery allow him to deliver consistent and exceptional results. He believes that patients should look refreshed while maintaining a natural, non-operated-on appearance.

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