What Is Involved In A Mini-Facelift?

Q: I am interested in getting a mini-facelift done. I would like to know some information about it and the cost.

A: The mini facelift to which you refer is also known by many marketed and highly promoted names. Its primary effect is to dramatically improve saggy jowls, smooth out the jawline and have some secondary effects in the neck. It is different from a full facelift because it is not effective for the really saggy neck. It is often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as neck liposuction, chin augmentation and eyelid tucks. It takes just over an hour to perform and is usually done under IV sedation or general anesthesia. In my Indianapolis plastic surgery practice, it is not usually performed under local anesthesia. While the use of local anesthesia is an understandable attraction point for many patients, it makes the operation longer and takes an already limited operation and makes it more’limited’. The limited facelift is an outpatient procedure that uses no drains or sutures that have to be removed. One can shower and style their hair normally the next day after the overnight dressing is removed. While there is someswelling and bruising, this is more limited than what occurs in a full facelift. One can expect a complete social (how do I look?) recovery in 7 to 10 days.

The average cost for a limited facelift, all costs included, is in the range of $5,500 – $6,500

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana