What Are the Benefits of a Mini-Facelift?

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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.

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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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Study Says: Botox Can Rejuvenate Your Skin

Diwan, Botox - ImageAt the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, Botox is one of our most popular treatments. Botox is best known for its ability to lessen the appearance of pesky facial wrinkles. But what if Botox can do more to revitalize the skin than simply relax fine lines and stubborn wrinkles? A new study points to just this—skin rejuvenation.


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Chin Augmentation

There are many men and women who are uncomfortable or shy about the appearance of a small or receded chin. This can often cause other areas of the face to appear larger, leading to an overall imbalance throughout the facial features. A chin that is small or tends to recede back toward the neck can be corrected with a chin augmentation procedure by Renuka Diwan MD, FAAD.

How is a chin augmentation performed?

Prior to your chin augmentation surgery, you will have a private consultation with Dr. Diwan. She will carefully observe the current structure of your face and how your chin relates to other facial features. Dr. Diwan will listen carefully to your goals and will work with you to determine the best procedure plan for achieving your desired outcome.

A specially designed chin implant will be created for your unique circumstances. This implant will be constructed using a hard silicone material that resembles the look and feel of your natural facial structure.

Your surgery will be performed under local anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Diwan will make an incision through which the implant can be put into place. Depending on what was discussed during your consultation, she may make the incision either beneath your chin, or on the inside of your mouth. Your implant is then placed within a pocket that Dr. Diwan creates beneath the skin to hold it in the correct position. Your incisions are then closed and any necessary dressings are placed.

Chin Augmentation Before & After




These photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

How long is chin augmentation recovery?

The typical recovery period after a chin augmentation is 3-4 days. You will notice some bruising and swelling at first, but this will continue to fade over the next few days. Keeping your head elevated can help to speed up the recovery time.

When will I notice the final results of my chin augmentation?

It will take some time for any bruising and swelling to completely fade, but you will notice the results of your surgery immediately. Any scarring from your incisions should fade over time and will be out of sight due to their locations. Once your face is fully healed, you will notice an improved balance throughout your overall facial appearance.

Are there risks involved with chin augmentation?

Chin augmentation can be safely and quickly performed by injection of hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm.  Properly placed Juvederm adds to the forward projection of a weak chin and rebalances the face. Thanks to the board-certified dermatologic surgery expertise of Dr. Diwan these are successful, low-risk procedures.

Who is a good candidate to have chin augmentation?

If you’ve always felt your chin is too weak for your face, not wide enough or not tall enough you may be a perfect candidate for chin augmentation with Dr. Diwan. It’s all about achieving the right proportion and balance for your facial features and feeling good about your profile. These simple procedures with Dr. Diwan can make a real change in your facial balance.

Is chin augmentation a painful procedure?

The injection procedure is well tolerated especially after the application of a numbing cream on the skin. It is common to have minor tenderness after the injections.

How can I prepare for chin augmentation?

The precautions before injection of hyaluronic acid fillers are meant to reduce the risk of bruising. You’ll need to stop taking any blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Advil, and Aleve for a week and various supplements 3 days prior to your procedure. 

How long does chin augmentation usually take?

The procedure generally takes 10-15 minutes.  

What will recovery be like after chin augmentation?

As the size of your chin has increased, the area will feel tight and there will be some swelling and mild tenderness. This feeling of tightness will last for 5-7 days. Diligent use of a cold compress can help control the swelling. You’ll need to sleep with your head elevated and with your face up for a few days. This helps to control swelling. 

Strenuous exercise or jobs requiring physical labor can be resumed in 2-3 days to minimize bruising. 

You will have a follow up appointment in 2 weeks for an assessment of the result and, if needed, additional Juvederm can be added.

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Schedule a Client Consultation In Westlake, OH

If you are interested in learning more about chin augmentations or getting started, please contact our office by calling  440.871.9832 to get started today. We serve Westlake, OH.

Neck Lift & Facelift in Cleveland, Ohio

Looking to get the perfect facelift in Cleveland Ohio? Laser Skin and Surgery has countless years of experience bringing results that vastly exceed patient expectations. It is important to understand that sagging of the skin on the face is primarily a result of a loss of elasticity, and the effects of gravity pulling down on the facial tissues over time. A facelift helps to correct this facial sagging by lifting the tissues up. Over time, many different versions of the facelift have been developed in an effort to provide better and longer lasting results, albeit with more complications and more prolonged recovery.  Due to unnatural results and complications, the more invasive techniques are now a less popular option. For patients who want natural looking results, safer surgery, and quicker recovery, newer techniques such as the mini-facelift are available with Dr. Renuka Diwan MD, FAAD.

Patient Testimonials

“This is the first thank you letter I have ever written to any of my doctors…but due to the perfection of my procedure and the professionalism of your team I need to compliment you all as a group. It was painless, accurate and extremely well done – execution A+. Thank you again – you are at the top of my list for accuracy and support! A happy patient!”

“I had a mini facelift and couldn’t be happier with the results. I felt very confident in picking Dr. Diwan and she exceeded my expectations. Lisa and Celeste at the front desk and her nurses Debbie and Erin were fantastic and I felt well taken care of and can’t thank them enough.”

“I had neck liposuction and jowl lift. Very pleased with the results. Dr. Diwan listened to my concerns and helped me achieve what I was hoping for. I would highly recommend her to anyone.”

“Dr. Diwan has been my aesthetics physician for over 20 years… I underwent a mini-Facelift four weeks ago, and I am ecstatic with my results.”

How is a mini-facelift different from a full facelift? 

We understand that you have many options when trying to find the best mini facelift in Cleveland, OH. Our center is not only very experienced in full facelifts, we have helped countless that are looking to get results they absolutely love, which are less transformative. It is important to understand that a full facelift, as you would expect, delivers the most dramatic results for severe sagging. A full facelift reverses more severe sagging of  the cheeks, marionette folds (folds of skin extending down from the corner of the mouth), jowls , excess fat and skin under the chin, and  looseness of the neck. A full facelift requires a longer incision to achieve more lifting needed to correct more severe sagging, especially of the neck. The incision usually runs from the temple, down the front and behind the ear, and into the hairline behind the ear. An additional incision under the chin is often necessary as well. Full facelifts are needed for  patients with more pronounced signs of aging,  especially severe sagging of the neck. 

A mini-facelift is the right solution for those with less severe sagging, jowls, marionette folds and sagging of the neck, who want longer lasting results and more improvement than what can be achieved with non-surgical options. The procedure can be performed with local anesthetic.  A shorter mini-lift incision is hidden by hair if it extends into the temple, and hidden along the front of the ear. Through these more limited incisions, Dr. Diwan is able to lift and re-support the tissues under the skin, remove unwanted fat if needed, and trim excess skin for a sharper jawline and tighter cheeks and neck.

For a neck lift, incisions are made from the lower ear, wrapping behind the ear, and in the hairline behind the ear.  Mini facelifts are more commonly performed for patients who don’t have dramatic overall facial and neck sagging, Taking care of  sagging earlier prevents a more dramatic change that occurs after having a more extensive facelift later.

Recovery from a mini-facelift is shorter than a regular facelift, and scars are more limited, as well.

What are the benefits of having a mini-facelift?

A mini facelift performed by Dr Diwan corrects loose skin on the cheeks and neck, improves skin creases, and restores a more youthful appearance helping you look your best for your age. Many patients feel it takes a decade or so off the  facial age. The boost in confidence helps our patients in many life situations.  

Mini-facelifts are less extensive, creating natural-looking results that are not obvious, when performed for earlier aging changes. The recovery time is much quicker, measured in days not weeks. The post-procedure pain is limited to a few days and easily managed with oral medication. Bruising and swelling is significantly less. Plus, patients don’t need to worry about the risk of general anesthesia, as Dr. Diwan performs mini facelifts with local anesthetic and oral medication. Finally, thanks to the less extensive surgery, lower risk of complications, and lack of need for general anesthesia, mini facelifts cost less than traditional facelifts.

What are the risks associated with a mini-facelift?

Mini facelifts have less risk than full facelifts, due to the more limited surgery. Still, there are risks. The usual risks with any surgery apply: bleeding, infection, reaction to medications, and possible nerve damage. Patients will experience temporary numbness.  This is usually a passing effect that resolves within a few weeks. Some patients may experience slower healing than others. There will be scars from the incisions, but Dr. Diwan hides the scars very effectively.

Who is a good candidate for a mini-facelift?

Mini facelifts are a great option for patients who  have lost definition of their jawline and have sagging skin of the lower cheeks. and upper neck. If you feel these changes are  making you look older than you would like, a mini facelift with Dr. Diwan could be a good procedure for you.

How long does mini-facelift surgery take?

The surgery with Dr. Diwan takes a few hours, depending on how much needs to be corrected. Because you’re only under local anesthesia with light sedation, you’re able to leave after a shorter recovery.

How is a Mini-Facelift or Neck Lift Performed?

This type of facelift can be performed by Dr. Diwan for healthy patients using local anesthetic, in our office with excellent results. A neck lift can also be performed either in combination with or without a mini-facelift.

Dr. Diwan will explain the details of your facelift procedure prior to your surgery.  The lower third of the face and upper neck will be improved with this procedure. Patients may have signs of aging affecting other parts of their face as well.  Laser resurfacing, if needed, can improve the quality of the skin, further enhancing the results of a mini-facelift. Eyelid surgery for sagging skin above the eyes or a brow lift for sagging eyebrows can provide additional rejuvenation of the face.  

How Long is a Mini-Facelift Recovery?

The mini-facelift procedure with Dr. Diwan is completed in less time and with quicker recovery than the traditional facelift. Patients are able to return to work in one week. We counsel our patients thoroughly on how to maintain their more youthful appearance for many years to come.
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These photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

What will my scarring be like from my mini facelift? 

The incisional scars are well concealed, thanks to meticulous planning and technique. The scar behind the ear can be hidden by hair.

What will my results be like?

Mini facelifts deliver significant results.  After a mini-facelift definition of the jawline is improved, skin on the cheeks and neck is tightened and wrinkles on the lower cheeks are improved.  The final results, when all swelling has resolved, will become apparent in 6-12 weeks after the procedure.

The skin and tissues continue to age after a mini-facelift, but the benefit from the procedure will make future signs of aging less pronounced, compared to not having had any correction.  

When will I notice the final results of my Mini-Facelift or Neck Lift?

You should notice an immediate improvement in your appearance with significant improvement occurring gradually over the next two to three months. The mini-facelift is an excellent alternative to the traditional facelift, and it has received extremely positive feedback from patients. Achieving results that look completely natural and do not require a significant recovery period is a great benefit for men and women who simply wish to improve some of the signs of aging that make them feel less like themselves.

How long can I expect the results from my mini-facelift to last? 

The impact of a mini-facelift is permanent, keeping you ahead of the game despite future aging.  How soon sagging begins to reappear depends on how you treat your skin, your overall health and age. Sun protection is crucial to avoid accelerated aging from sun exposure. Regular application of  topical antioxidants like Vitamin C is helpful to slow aging of the skin.  Avoiding smoking and maintaining a stable healthy weight also help to prolong the results.  A future mini-facelift can help reverse future aging and extend your results.

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Schedule a Consultation In Westlake, OH

If you are interested in learning more about facelifts or getting started, please contact our office by calling  440.871.9832 to get started today. We serve Westlake, OH.