Facelift & Neck Lift

Face Procedures

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 upward. 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 wanting natural looking results, safer surgery, and quicker recovery, newer techniques such as the mini lift are available with Dr. Renuka Diwan MD, FAAD.

Patient Testimonial

“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!”

How is a mini facelift different from a full facelift? 

A full facelift, as you would expect, delivers the most dramatic results. In a full facelift, a variety of areas of aging can be addressed: sagging around the cheeks, lines around the mouth, deep creases below the eyes, excess fat and skin under the chin, jowls, and more. Because of its wider focus, a full facelift requires a longer incision. This usually runs from the temple, down and around the ear, and down to the neck. Full facelifts are popular among patients with more dramatic signs of aging, those in their 50s and 60s.

A mini facelift targets a much smaller area, primarily treating the jaw, lower cheeks, and neck. Incisions are made from the lower ear, wrapping behind the ear, and ending in the hairline. Through these limited incisions, Dr. Diwan is able to lift the muscles, remove unwanted fat deposits, and trim excess skin. Mini facelifts are more common with somewhat younger patients who don’t have dramatic overall facial sagging, those in their late 30s and 40s. They can head off more dramatic improvements later.

Obviously, recovery from a full facelift is more involved than from the more limited mini facelift. Scarring is more of an issue, as well.

What are the benefits of having a mini facelift?

Thanks to the combination of our sunny warm summers and windy cold winters in Cleveland, our facial skin takes a beating from the sun and the wind. Plus, our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen every year after our 20th birthday. Since collagen is the protein in the body that provides the structural framework that supports our skin and keeps it firm this allows the skin to sag and form lines and creases. Gravity and heredity play a role as well.

A mini facelift with Dr. Diwan can reverse much of these changes in your aging face. These procedures firm the skin, remove creases, elevate sagging muscles, and generally take a decade or so off your facial age. 

Mini facelifts are far less invasive, creating more subtle, natural-looking results. The recovery time is much quicker, measured in days not weeks. The amount of post-procedure pain is minimal. 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 twilight sedation and local anesthetic. Finally, thanks to their less invasive approach, lack of complication, and because they don’t require 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 scope. Still, there are risks. The usual risks with any surgery apply: reaction to anesthesia, infection, hematoma, and possible nerve damage. Some patients will experience temporary numbness and a loss of sensation. This is usually a passing side effect that resolves itself within a few weeks. Some patients may experience slower healing than others. There will be some minor scarring, 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 feel as if they have lost definition in their jaw and have sagging skin around the mouth and lower cheeks. If you feel this area of your face is 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 about one hour. Because you’re only under local anesthesia with twilight sedation, you won’t have long afterward in the recovery room either.

How is a Mini Facelift or Neck Lift Performed?

This type of facelift can be performed for healthy patients without the risks of general anesthesia (using local anesthetic) by Dr. Diwan in our office with excellent results. A neck lift can also be performed either in combination with or without a mini facelift, for patients who are interested in correcting sagging of the skin around the neck area.

Dr. Diwan will explain the details of your facelift procedure prior to your surgery. This will involve the tightening of your facial skin and lifting of the underlying facial tissue. Only the mid to lower region of the face will be addressed with this procedure. Patients looking to also correct signs of aging around their eyes or brow may benefit from combining their facelift surgery with eyelid surgery or a brow lift.

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

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


Mini Facelift Reviews from Real Patients

“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.”

What will my scarring be like from my mini facelift? 

Scarring is minimal, thanks to the short incisions involved with this procedure.

What will my results be like?

Mini facelifts deliver significant results, tightening the underlying muscle and fat tissues, along with the skin. These procedures return definition to your jaw and remove sagging and wrinkles on the lower cheeks and around the mouth. Your final results, when all occasional swelling and the like are resolved, will fully show themselves within 9-12 months after your procedure.

Of course, your skin and tissues will continue to age, but your results are permanent. The mini facelift is a great procedure for a patient who doesn’t like the signs of aging that are appearing, but also doesn’t yet have dramatic visible aging.

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 results occurring gradually over the next few month or two. 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 facelift to last? 

Because mini facelifts with Dr. Diwan aren’t as invasive or dramatic as full facelifts, the results achieved don’t last quite as long. You can expect your mini facelift results to last around a decade. At that point, another procedure of limited nature would extend your results.

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