Mini Facelift


Palm Beach Mini-lift is a minor, one-hour procedure with long lasting natural results. This facelift procedure was designed to improve the laxity of jowls, cheeks, loose neck (turkey neck) and facial skin WITHOUT the need for major ANESTHESIA.  Palm Beach mini-lift recovery is quicker and more comfortable than with a traditional face lift, with more natural results. This procedure is best for people who do not wish to have a traditional pulled and unnatural face lift look.

What Does a Palm Beach Mini- Face Lift Do?

Aging alters the body in many ways, but nowhere are these harsh realities as visible as on the face. Coupled with the sun’s damaging rays, the aging process coarsens the texture of the skin, diminishes its youthful layer of fatty tissue, and causes the angularity of the face to be lost. As the skin makes its downward descent off the cheeks, jaw, and neck, it pouches into unsightly bags and overhanging jowls. These outward signs often generate comments of tiredness and questions of sadness that really belie an inner vitality. The great value of Rankin Mini-lift is that it can help counter this generalized facial sagging and give the face a more rested and youthful appearance. The procedure does not change you; it simply makes you look the way you did years ago.


For Palm Beach Mini-lift, you will only need local anesthesia, which is a relatively painless local injection of an anesthetic mixed with epinephrine to numb your face. The idea behind avoiding major anesthesia is so the patient will have a safer procedure and be able to go home right after.  Dr Rankin is an expert in keeping even the most anxious patients relaxed and comfortable. Palm Beach Mini-lift removes excess skin and fat from the face and neck area through well planned incisions that start in the hairline and run down in front of the ear, up behind the ear. It repositions and supports the underlying structures and drooping fat, muscles, and skin.  The preoperative analysis evaluates the quality of the skin, looseness at the jaw line, the angle from the chin to the bottom of the neck, and the amount of fat and excess skin present in the neck area. The results are very dependent on the elasticity of the skin. If the skin has had extensive damage, additional procedures may be required. Palm Beach Mini-lift can best correct skin laxity in the face and neck as well as contour problems caused by protruding fat.


In every face, regardless of the person’s age, some slack can be found. Following Palm Beach Mini-lift, the aging process continues and the skin loses more of its elastic properties. Gravity causes the loose skin to accumulate along the jaws, along the sides of the mouth and in the center of the neck under the chin. It is impossible to predict when – and to what extent – this may happen. Genetics, age differences, ethnic backgrounds, stress, illness, and nutrition all play a role in how soon other mini-lift procedures may be considered. However on the average it may take 10-15 years before you might need any additional tuck up.


By avoiding anesthesia, swelling and bruising is significantly reduced. You should be able to go out in public with the help of makeup within a few days, but this will vary with each patient. It's important to limit your activities for several days. And it will probably be 4-7 days before you can return to work.


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Jupiter Plastic Surgeon