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Mini Facelift

Patients considering facial plastic surgery don't all have the same concerns. That's why Orlando facelift specialist Dr. Edward J. Gross relies on his vast experience to determine the best approach on a case-by-case basis. For some patients, a less invasive mini facelift is recommended at our Orlando practice. The procedure treats many of the same signs of aging in the face as a traditional lift, including sagging skin and jowls, but it uses shorter incisions and produces results that are generally more subtle.

If you're considering a mini lift, request a consultation today or call our office at (407) 333-3040.

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Proven Techniques, Outstanding Results

During a mini lift, Dr. Gross focuses on creating natural-looking results through a conservative approach that leaves very minimal scars. Dr. Gross places incisions, which are usually very short and fine, in front of and behind the ears. Still though, as with a traditional facelift, the mini facelift addresses all the various tissue levels that are affected by aging, including the skin and muscles deep within the face. The main concerns this procedure can correct are:

Before closing your mini facelift incisions, Dr. Gross administers platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, to the area. This innovative technique uses your own blood platelets to deliver growth factors and other nourishing proteins to help accelerate the healing process and minimize scarring.

Mini Facelift With a Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist

The main difference between a facelift and a mini lift lies in the incision length and the amount of skin lifted. A full facelift takes longer and requires a longer incision and more skin elevation. This procedure is appropriate for older patients with more sagging in the cheeks and neck, as well as people who have lost a large amount of weight.

Mini facelift incisions are made both in front of and behind the ears but don't extend as far as for a traditional lift. Dr. Gross corrects the SMAS to improve the appearance of the jowls and neck with minimal scarring, better longevity, and natural-looking results.

Dr. Gross' mini lift is designed to create a natural appearance by smoothing and tightening the jawline with well-hidden incisions, and it is ideal for people between 40 and 60. The key is addressing the muscle layer for a longer-lasting and more natural-looking result. As an experienced facial surgery specialist, Dr. Gross is exceptionally qualified to perform the mini facelift.

Good Candidates for Mini Facelift

Dr. Gross also sometimes recommends combining a mini lift with complementary facial procedures such as eyelid surgery or a brow lift, which he can perform at the same time. He may also recommend non-surgical treatments to address more superficial skin concerns such as fine lines or age spots.

"Combining treatments is a great way to erase a lot of concerns at once," Dr. Gross says, "and it can be done in a very subtle, natural-looking way, which is usually what my mini lift patients are looking for. In the end, these patients get compliments for looking 'well-rested,' and no one knows they've had a procedure."

You can also glimpse your potential mini lift results through computer imaging, which provides a simulated image that you and Dr. Gross can review and discuss together during a consultation.

Mini Facelift Cost

At Dr. Gross' practice near Orlando, the cost of a mini facelift varies per patient depending on several factors, but typically ranges from $10,000 to $15,000. This price range accounts for surgical fees, anesthesia, and facility costs. Dr. Gross is proud to offer financing through CareCredit®.

A Smooth Recovery

Dr. Gross performs mini lift surgery as an outpatient procedure at Primera Surgery Center. Some discomfort, bruising, and swelling can be expected, but because a mini lift is less invasive and does less damage to surrounding tissues than a traditional lift, these effects are lessened. Arnica tablets help these symptoms subside in about a week.

Most patients return to work in less than 2 weeks, but Dr. Gross urges patients to restrict their activity level for 2 or 3 more weeks. You may be encouraged to keep your head elevated in the initial days after surgery, and proper sun protection is very important.

Mini facelift results can last years, especially if patients stick to a good skincare routine and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some patients may find they want to return to Dr. Gross for an additional treatment as signs of aging begin to redevelop in later years.

To learn more about this procedure, please view our Facelift & Mini-Lift FAQ.

"Surgical techniques have advanced to the point where a patient can get a fully rejuvenated face and renewed confidence with a fairly quick, simple procedure."

– Dr. Gross

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