The Mini Facelift procedure is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Chang. He has, in the last 18 years developed an international reputation for performing natural appearing facial rejuvenation procedures. Patients and Doctors have come from all over the world to have and learn about the surgery. Dr. Chang has developed a version of the mini facelift that he has published on youtube ( see below ) and taught to other surgeons. The immediate goal of the procedure is to elevate the jowls, improve the jawline, bring fat back into the cheeks, and reduce facial lines. The neck is often also improved.
For the most part, it is this lower facial area that falls and bothers most patients most when they are in their early to mid-40s. Dr. Chang’s method can be performed in the office under oral sedation and local anesthesia. You can choose to go to the hospital surgery center if you want but the vast majority of my patients decide to have the procedure in the office.
As you can see from the images, the patients look natural and more youthful without being overdone after the procedure. The surgical scarring is minimized by hiding the scars in the hairline and inside the ear while still safely elevating the important fibrous layers of the jowl and the muscles of the face. If you are not having any other procedures such as an upper eyelid surgery ( upper blepharoplasty ) or a lower eyelid surgery ( lower blepharoplasty ), fat transfer, or skin care laser treatments, then the mini facelift by itself will take about one and a half hours.*
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If you are not having any other facial procedures, the recovery averages about a week. What I like to tell my patients is that if you were to go to the mall in 3-5 days with your hair down to hide your incisions, most people that don’t know you wouldn’t even give you a second glance. Your friends might know at this stage though.
The goal of the mini facelift surgery is to help you look 5-10 years younger in the face. It is not designed to improve the neck but it will give some improvement there also. Further improvement can be made by extending the mini facelift and performing a neck lift in addition. We typically call this a full facelift; In this case, the incision in back of the ear needs to be extended into the posterior hair line.