Mini Facelift or Full Facelift: Which is Right for You?

Mini faceliftAging brings about many changes, including the natural loss of elasticity and collagen in the skin. This leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging of the skin.

With a facelift, you can lift the sagging skin and give the face a younger appearance with smoother skin. There are different types of facelifts. But how do you know which option is right for you? Discover the differences between a mini facelift and a full facelift so you can make an educated decision. 

What Does a Full Facelift Involve?

A full facelift will provide the most dramatic results and is ideal for those with more advanced signs of aging, especially on the neck. It targets the cheeks, jawline and the neck. 

The procedure utilizes a longer incision to address more areas of the face. and neck The procedures do take a few hours to complete, and you will be under general anesthesia. A full facelift has more substantial results but this also means you will have a longer recovery time. 

However, patients love that the results are long-lasting, leaving them feeling confident as they age. 

How Does a Mini Facelift Differ?

A mini facelift is a more conservative solution with more limited surgery. It can be performed with local anesthetic while you’re awake for those with moderate signs of aging, like sagging of the cheeks and upper neck. It targets the jowls, upper neck, and marionette folds (from the corners of the mouth to the jawline). 

A shorter incision is needed and is hidden around the ears and within the hairline. above the sideburns. The smaller incision is suitable for smaller adjustments with a less invasive procedure. 

Recovery from a mini facelift is about one week, with the bandages being removed just 24 hours after the procedure. While the full facelift is longer lasting the benefits of a mini facelift can also last for 5-10 years, with prevnetive skin care. 

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Dr Diwan will perform a thorough assessment and recommend the most suitable type of facelift to achieve your goals. Patients with moderate to severe signs of aging may benefit from a full facelift and will achieve more dramatic results. However, if you have less severe signs of aging and prefer smaller natural looking improvement, that is less noticeable, to a dramatic change, a mini facelift will provide you with the results you’re looking for. 

To get started, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Renuka Diwan to discuss which option will help you meet your goals and learn more details about the procedures. Contact Laser & Skin Surgery Center in Cleveland, OH, at (440) 871-9832.

Benefits of a Facelift

facelift Are you starting to notice your skin sagging around your jawline? If so, it can be pretty detrimental to your self-confidence. Sagging skin is a part of aging, but nobody likes to see it. If you are looking for a way to keep your youthfulness, there are some solutions out there for you. Many people are utilizing facelifts to maintain a refreshed and youthful look. This procedure has helped many people boost their self-confidence. In this blog, we are going to discuss what a facelift entails, and what the benefits are. 

What Is a Facelift? 

A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that aims to give patients a tighter and more youthful appearance by removing excess fat and skin on the face, tightening the facial muscles, and then tightening and lifting the remaining skin. This is a very successful procedure that often gives patients life-changing results. Let’s go over some of the benefits that a facelift can offer you. 


  • Address skin folds and deep creases: By tightening the skin, a facelift can get rid of those skin folds and deep creases that you may be starting to notice 
  • Tighten jowls: Facelifts do a great job at addressing loose jowls 
  • Tighten Skin: By tightening the skin, you’ll no longer have to deal with sagging skin 
  • Boost Self-Confidence: A Facelift can boost your self-confidence and enhance your overall quality of life 

Get Your Facelift With Dr. Renuka Diwan 

If you are struggling with sagging skin on the face and around the jawline, you may find that you could benefit from a facelift. A facelift can give you a more toned and youthful look almost instantaneously. If you are interested in learning more about if a facelift would be a good fit for you, Dr. Renuka Diwan at Cleveland’s Laser and Skin Surgery Center is the perfect doctor for you. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Diwan is a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained dermatologic surgeon who has the expertise and skills to make sure that your procedure is handled with precision and care. Contact us today at 440.871.9832 or visit us online at to schedule your consultation. 

Turn Back The Clock With A Mini Facelift

Pretty brunette relaxing on the couch at home Growing older is a part of life, but it doesn’t mean you need to look your age. Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin can make you appear years older than you feel. For more noticeable and long-lasting results, patients at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center in Cleveland, Ohio rely on a mini facelift.

What is a Mini Facelift?

Over time, your skin starts losing elasticity. Gravity also plays a role in the aging process. Your facial tissues begin sagging, resulting in marionette folds, jowls, loss of definition of the jawline and looseness under the chin.

A mini facelift is a popular option for women and men who want to look younger and still have a natural appearance. A full facelift is a more aggressive procedure and the results are not always natural-looking.  Recovery time is often twice as long and not everyone can take off from work during the longer downtime. 

Dr. Renuka Diwan MD, FAAD uses the latest techniques to perform a mini facelift. The procedure is designed for patients with less severe sagging of the lower third of the face and upper neck  It is a surgical procedure performed safely in the office using local anesthetic.

Dr. Diwan at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center will anesthetize the skin and make an incision within the hairline of the sideburn and in front of the ear. The limited incisions allow Dr. Diwan to lift and re-support the skin and the tissue layer beneath it. During the procedure, excess fat is also removed, when necessary, from the jowls and jawline and upper neck. Since it is a less invasive procedure, patients go home after the procedure, and downtime typically lasts one week.

Look Younger with a Mini Facelift

You can reverse the signs of aging with a mini facelift and enjoy natural-looking results. Contact the Laser and Skin Surgery Center to learn if you are a good candidate online or call the office at 440-871-9832.

What Are the Benefits of a Mini-Facelift?

A portrait of a middle aged woman holding her corgi.

For those looking to restore the youthful appearance of the face and upper neck with less aggressive surgery, a mini-facelift (also known as a short scar facelift) may be the best choice. A mini-facelift lifts marionette folds and jowls along the jawline, as well as the sagging skin in the upper neck. While Botox and fillers can provide significant improvement by hiding or lifting the jowls, some patients find that a mini-facelift is an attractive option to achieve greater improvement that lasts longer. A mini-facelift helps to rejuvenate the face at a stage of aging when a full facelift is not yet necessary, and the results of the procedure are not obvious to others.

This more conservative procedure has become a popular option for patients who want to safely achieve natural results almost as dramatic as a traditional facelift with a shorter scar and recovery.

Quick Recovery

A mini-facelift patient can return to work and other non-strenuous activities in just one week, the recovery after a traditional facelift is usually longer.

Less Post-Operative Pain

Since a mini-facelift is much less extensive than traditional techniques, it results in less bruising and swelling. Pain or discomfort requires less medication and also resolves more quickly.

Reduced Scarring

The shorter incisions for a mini facelift leave shorter scars which are practically invisible. The incisions and scars from a traditional facelifts are much longer, extending behind the ear and into the scalp.

Lasting Results

In general, the younger you are the longer the results last. No surgery can stop the skin from future aging, but removal of the loose skin during a facelift will help you look younger than you would without the procedure. Patients with more advanced sagging usually need more extensive surgery and may not be candidates for a mini-facelift.

Schedule Your Mini-Facelift Consultation With Dr. Renuka Diwan

If you want to know more about the mini-facelift procedure or any other of our non-surgical facial rejuvenation services, please call The Laser & Skin Surgery Center today at 440-871-9832 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Diwan will create a custom treatment plan that meets your aesthetic goals. We are happy to serve men and women living in Cleveland, Westlake, and surrounding Ohio communities.

Pre-Wedding Planning for Cosmetic Treatments

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Whether you are the bride, mother-of-the-bride, or a member of the bridal party, you want to look your best on the big day. At The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, Dr. Renuka Diwan can help you look and feel your best for the wedding with a variety of treatment options depending on your timeline. Like other aspects of the wedding, it’s best to plan ahead. Here’s a guide to give you an idea of how much time it may take for various treatments.

4 Days

If you are looking for a quick way to exfoliate dry, rough skin, remove peach fuzz for soft, smooth glowing skin or improve uneven skin tone, dermaplaning is a great choice. This non-invasive treatment rejuvenates your skin with no downtime. For a flawless red carpet-ready finish that celebrities have before big events, Dr. Diwan offers Aquagold microneedling with microinfusion. Make time for this at least 3 days (preferably 7 days) before your big day.

2-4 Weeks

For those who are on a short timeline and want to reduce the appearance of oiliness, pores, wrinkles or scars, we offer AQUAGOLD® microneedling treatments and dermal fillers like Juvéderm®.

6-8 Weeks

If you have a couple of months to prepare, there are a few more options. Non-invasive facial treatments that provide best results with a series of 6 treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. BOTOX® for wrinkles and excessive perspiration is ideal in this time frame, allowing time for a second visit for any touch up.

For longer eyelashes, we recommend Latisse®, which helps stimulate hair growth. Finally, if you want to address loose skin, Dr. Diwan can perform a mini facelift. A minimum of 8 weeks is recommended for planning a mini facelift.

3-6 Months

If you have a few months before the wedding day visible veins or sunspots can be significantly reduced with laser treatment, IPL treatment, or sclerotherapy. Excess skin on your upper or lower eyelids, can be removed with a blepharoplasty. Laser resurfacing or a series of microneedling treatments

can provide significant improvement of wrinkles and skin texture and allow time for complete recovery.

6-8 Months

If you’ve started planning even sooner, you’ll have enough time for body sculpting options. Dr. Diwan recommends either liposuction or CoolSculpting® for stubborn fat. Kybella® injections improve a double chin and fullness of jowls.  If you’re going to bare your legs, we highly recommend Apollo Radiofrequency TriPolar treatment and other treatments for cellulite.

1-2 Years

Patients who plan far in advance can address most, if not all of their needs. You have enough time for laser hair removal, and tattoo removal.

If you need help preparing for a wedding, call The Laser & Skin Surgery Center today at 440-871-9832 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Diwan. We welcome patients living in or around Westlake and Cleveland, Ohio.

What Does A Mini Facelift Address?

Woman smiling and facing the camera in a sleeveless top after a mini faceliftSigns of aging are most visible on the face.  Especially along the jawline, skin can begin to sag as early as your 40s, depending on genetics and other factors. For many people, a mini-facelift, a simpler  version of the full face-neck lift,  is very effective for restoring a natural-looking, youthful appearance.  As an experienced cosmetic  dermatologist and aesthetic surgeon, I look forward to helping you decide if a mini facelift is right for your goals. Continue reading What Does A Mini Facelift Address?

Mini-Facelift or Dermal Fillers: Which Do I Need?

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Time and gravity can take a toll on your face, leaving you with wrinkles, creases and sagging skin. Facial aging is a concern for many of Dr. Diwan’s patients, but how they choose to address it varies. While some patients prefer a mini-facelift, others find that dermal fillers are the better option. At The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, we strive to provide you with both surgical and non-surgical solutions so you can choose a treatment option that best meets your needs.
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Rejuvenate Dull, Damaged Skin with Microneedling

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Is the aging process showing on your skin? Have frustrating stretch marks? Or is it relief from acne scarring that you’re seeking? If any or all of these strike a nerve, consider microneedling. It can revitalize your skin without the need for surgery or a lot of recovery time. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is an excellent alternative for those who might prefer to avoid laser treatments or chemical peels.

What Happens to Aging Skin?

Over time your body’s ability to generate essential elements of healthy-looking skin, collagen and elastin, diminishes. Collagen stimulation by microneedling helps to revitalize the skin and improve its appearance.

What Does Microneedling Help?

Regular microneedling treatments at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center can work wonders to restore and rejuvenate many common skin conditions, including:
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Enlarged pores
  • Hyperpigmentation and sun spots
  • Acne, surgical, or post-traumatic scars
  • Dull, or uneven tone and texture
  • Stretch marks

Are Microneedling Treatments Painful?

Microneedling is typically well-tolerated by our patients. An anesthetic cream is applied to the skin before starting the procedure for maximal comfort.

What Can I Expect After Microneedling Treatments?

Mild redness and swelling are expected after microneedling, and usually subside within a couple of days. Make-up can be applied after 24 hours. After a series of treatments the skin is healthier and more vibrant. The skin’s tone and texture is improved and feels tighter. It’s important to keep the skin protected from the sun by always applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen and wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Revitalize Your Skin with Microneedling Treatments in Westlake, OH

Microneedling is a safe and effective way to rejuvenate aging or damaged skin. It is safe for fair as well as dark skin types. If you’d like to learn more about this or any other skin treatment in the Cleveland area with Dr. Diwan, please contact us to schedule your initial consultation at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center today.

Help! I Have Under Eye Circles


A common concern for many of our patients, dark circles under the eyes are a frequent topic of discussion during consultations with Dr. Diwan. Luckily for you, at The Laser & Skin Surgery Center, we have a number of ways we can refresh your eyes and eliminate the “tired” look, rejuvenating your whole face!

Under eye circles can be caused by a number of factors, including  volume loss, increased pigmentation, and thinning skin.

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