Mini Facelift basics 101


About Mini Facelifts

As we age, the effects of gravity, genetics and lifestyle habits gradually take their toll and begin to affect the appearance of our skin, pulling down the cheeks and jowls and decreasing skin elasticity and volume. There are several cosmetic procedures available to treat these changes, many of which successfully rejuvenate the skin and help patients look younger and more refreshed.

The Mini Facelifts lift and suspend deep facial tissues while focusing on the lower third of the face and neck, just like a traditional facelift. This advanced procedure combines minimal incision facelift techniques with the elegance of the modern suture suspension technology (modified MACS or S lift techniques) or endoscopic approach depending on individual patient’s desires and features. Patients can enjoy effective, natural-looking results from this procedure with fewer incisions, less bruising and shorter recovery time than a traditional facelift. Mini Facelifts can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures such as brow lift (mini, endoscopic or traditional), blepharoplasty (eyelid tucks), liposuction, Smartlipo, chemical peel, or skin laser treatments or others.

Candidates for a Mini Facelift Procedure

The Mini Facelift procedure usually involves a combination of diverse techniques that can provide effective yet natural-looking results for many patients, including those who:

•Need only a localized area of the lower third of the face or neck to be treated
•Want to look younger and more rested without undergoing a traditional facelift
•Do not want a unnatural “pulled” look
•Had a previous facelift and desire a touch up
•Want to combine a minimally invasive facelift with other procedures
•Want to postpone or avoid a full facelift procedure
The vast majority of Dr. Volshteyn's patients are extremely satisfied with the results of their Mini Facelift procedure and are glad that they opted for this minimally invasive procedure instead of a traditional facelift.


During the Mini Facelift procedure, incisions are made in the front of the ear, starting at the hairline and wrapping around the earlobe. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, with or without intravenous sedation (twilight), depending on the individual patient's health and personal preferences. The procedure is performed either in the hospital or at our AAAASF approved surgical suite.

The actual procedure is personalized to allow the patient to achieve their specific goals, but includes
removing any excess deep tissue if needed, and then moving the skin and deep tissues upward and placing holding sutures to secure the moved tissues to their new location.

This is vastly different from thread lifts, which we do not perform.


After the Mini Face Lift procedure, patients may experience mild swelling and discomfort for several days. These side effects are much less than what would be experienced with a traditional facelift, and can be easily managed with ice packs, compression bandages and pain medication. Patients will return to Dr. Volshteyn's office about one to three days after the surgery and then five to seven days later, at which point sutures will be removed and healing will be evaluated.

Most patients can return to work and other regular activities after a week or two, which is considerably shorter than recovery from a traditional facelift.

Risks and Complications

Although the Mini Facelift procedures are considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks associated with all surgical procedures, including swelling, bruising, numbness, hematoma, infection and others. Patients can minimize these risks by quitting smoking before their procedure and by adhering to their surgeon's instructions before and after surgery. We will discuss all of these risks in much greater detail with you during your consultation, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Boris Volshteyn MD MS
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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East Brunswick Plastic Surgeon