Mini Facelift

One of the most well-known cosmetic procedures is the facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, which is traditionally a surgical procedure. A less invasive, rejuvenating technique called the mini facelift is also available to our patients from Syracuse, Buffalo, and Rochester, NY. Although this less extensive variation of the face lift procedure, often referred to as the weekend facelift, cannot obtain the same, dramatic changes as a full facelift procedure, the mini facelift can successfully target isolated problems of the lower face, particularly those seen in early aging.

If you want to discuss the various facelift procedures with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee, request a consultation using our online form or call our office at (585) 244-1000 to have a member of our staff schedule your appointment.

Mini Facelift Consultation

Prior to deciding on a facelift procedure, a private consultation will be scheduled with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee. At this time, your surgeon will listen to all of your aesthetic desires and goals. Your surgeon will carefully review your medical history, current medications, and perform a full examination of the face. He or she will explain the surgical technique and you can ask to see before and after photos of their most recent mini facelift patients. After answering any questions, your surgeon will determine if the mini facelift is right for your individual situation. If it is, he or she will create a personalized surgical plan tailored to meet your unique needs.

Before & After Photos

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Before scheduling a consultation, begin by viewing our photo gallery to see the results enjoyed by our surgeons' actual patients.

The Ideal Mini Facelift Candidate

Anyone who is unhappy with early signs of aging may benefit from the mini facelift at the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery. Minor sagging of the skin and lax tissue at the jawline can be corrected with a mini facelift. The ideal patient is a non-smoker, with good skin elasticity, and in overall good health. Both men and women of all skin types and ethnicities can take years off of their appearance with the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, candidates will need to fully understand the mini facelift process and be committed to their recovery.

The Mini Facelift Procedure

Our facial plastic surgeons perform the mini facelift procedure as an outpatient surgery at the Lindsay House Surgery Center. Using less extensive dissection beneath the skin, the mini facelift often results in less discomfort. The mini facelift procedure begins with the surgeon making several small incisions, placed in front of and behind the ear, along the hairline, or under the jawline. From here, small amounts of skin are removed and the remaining tissues tightened. Once the desired corrections have been made, the surgeon will add small sutures for proper healing. As with all surgical procedures performed at the Quatela Center, mini facelift patients are able to return home the same day as their procedure.

Dr. Vito Quatela Dr. Vito Quatela

Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.

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The Mini Facelift Versus the Full Facelift

Unlike the traditional facelift, a mini facelift procedure will utilize less extensive undermining and dissection under the skin. For this reason, recovery time is reduced. The cost of a mini facelift is less than the traditional alternative as well.

However, the mini facelift cannot make the same dramatic changes that are seen with the full facelift. The traditional facelift can improve deep wrinkles and creases, as well as address more severe signs of aging in the lower face. The mini facelift is used to address the lower portion of the face and the neck region.  Since the changes from a mini facelift are subtle, patients showing the early signs of aging will benefit from a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, with less downtime. A consultation appointment with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee can determine which facelift procedure will best suit each individual patient's needs.

The Recovery from a Mini Facelift

Patients should expect the recovery from a mini facelift to take about a week; although experiences vary. Initial bruising and swelling typically resolve over the first 5 to 7 days. While patients may experience mild pain after a mini facelift, our surgeons can prescribe the necessary medications for patients to recover comfortably at home.

Most patients feel well enough and are comfortable with their appearance to return to work a week after their mini facelift. Normal, daily activities can be resumed in only a few days. Keep in mind, recovery varies with individual factors.

Dr. Heather Lee Dr. Heather Lee

Heather Lee, M.D.

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedure of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.

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How to Choose the Right Mini Facelift Surgeon

Patients looking at any surgical procedure should put their trust in an experienced plastic surgeon. To ensure safe and satisfying results from a mini facelift, it is vital to pick a board-certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Vito Quatela. As a recognized leader in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery, he has been providing patients with safe and rewarding cosmetic procedures for over 30 years. Consistently committed to providing only the best results, tailored to each patient's needs, Dr. Quatela and Dr. Lee dedicate themselves to procedures of the face and neck.

If you have been considering a facelift procedure, take a few minutes to contact the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery. We will be happy to answer any questions that you have, or assist in scheduling a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee. For directions to our office, or more information, call our office at (585) 244-1000.

Mini Facelift Frequently Asked Questions

What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift is an outpatient surgical procedure, designed to refresh and rejuvenate the appearance by smoothing and lifting the lower portion of tissue along the cheek and jawline.

Where do Dr. Quatela and Dr. Lee perform mini facelift procedures?

Our surgeons perform all surgical procedures at the Lindsay House Surgery Center. This accredited surgical facility consists of the private operating suites of the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery.

Does the mini facelift leave scars?

The incisions used for the mini facelift are the same as those used in the full facelift.  These are located in front of and behind the ear.  Any scarring that does occur is well-hidden within the natural facial structures as our surgeons place them in natural skin creases so as to minimize their visibility.

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

The results from a mini facelift will be long lasting. Although the skin and tissues will continue to age and feel the effects of the environment and gravity, patients who take care of their skin can expect to appear less aged than their peers.

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The Quatela Center's reputation as one of New York's finest cosmetic plastic surgery practices attracts patients to Rochester from throughout the state. Choose one of the locations below for driving directions to our practice.

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973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000

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