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Mini Facelift


  • Improve the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin in the lower third face region
  • Shorter scar and quicker recovery than a full facelift
  • Great option for women and men experiencing early signs of aging

Facial Surgery for Early Aging

Wrinkles and sagging of the cheeks or jowls can dramatically age a person’s facial appearance. These common signs of aging can occur as early as your thirties and are not always so responsive to non-surgical treatments. Women and men struggling with early facial aging often come to Dr. Zuliani wondering what their best options are for restoring their youthful appearance – they are not yet ready to undergo a full facelift, and their busy lifestyle will not allow for a lengthy recovery period. For many of these patients, Dr. Zuliani recommends a mini facelift.

“I had spent literally years researching these procedures and it took me a long time to find a surgeon I trusted enough to operate on my face but I felt very comfortable with Dr. Zuliani.”
– Patient

Unlike a traditional facelift, the mini facelift features a less extensive approach. This means a much shorter scar and quicker recovery. While the results won’t be quite as dramatic as a full facelift, a mini facelift is a great option for younger women and men experiencing early signs of aging such as wrinkles or skin laxity around their cheeks or jawline.

Mini Facelift Surgery

Who might benefit from a mini facelift?

Dr. Zuliani recommends a mini facelift for women and men wanting to address wrinkles or sagging skin of their mid to lower face but are not yet ready for a full facelift. A mini facelift is great for those experiencing early signs of aging and are wanting
long-lasting results that are noticeable, yet modest and very natural. Many of Dr. Zuliani’s mini facelift patients are regulars when it comes to non-surgical treatments and wanted to take the next step in their fight against aging.

A mini facelift offers several benefits, including:

  • Less scarring than a traditional facelift
  • Less post-surgical swelling, bruising, and tenderness
  • Very natural-looking results
  • Can be performed under local anesthesia

How is a mini facelift performed?

The goal of the mini facelift is to reduce sagging and smooth wrinkles in the lower third region of the face. Dr. Zuliani will perform this facial surgery at an accredited hospital or surgery center conveniently located near Zuliani Facial Aesthetics in Bloomfield Hills.

Your mini facelift will be performed under local or general anesthesia depending on your own unique circumstances and what is discussed with Dr. Zuliani during your private consultation. Mini facelift surgery with Dr. Zuliani involves the removal of excess skin, as well as lifting the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) and fat tissues to enhance your facial contours. Your specific surgery plan will be customized for your individual case and goal outcome.

A mini facelift with Dr. Zuliani typically takes about three hours to complete. Following your surgery, you will be able to return home under the care of a loved one. Dr. Zuliani will provide you with specific post care instructions and will be able to answer any questions you may have at this time.

What can be expected after a mini facelift?

The mini facelift is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to return home that same day. You will need a loved one to drive you home and look after you on the day of your surgery. Dr. Zuliani may provide you with a compression garment to wear home and assist with the healing process.

Dr. Zuliani will have you come in for a follow-up consultation about a day after your surgery. After a week, he will remove your sutures.

You may feel well enough to return to work as soon as one week. Side effects such as bruising, swelling, and some discomfort are to be expected during the initial weeks of healing. Each patient will experience a different recovery period, and Dr. Zuliani will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

The final results of your mini facelift can be seen within the first year of your surgery. Given the nature of this procedure, you will be able to enjoy very long-lasting benefits.

Looking for a less-invasive option? Check out our Z Lightning Lift.

Let's Discuss Your Goals

Dr. Giancarlo Zuliani is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon. His artistic eye, attention to detail, and individualized care allow him to achieve remarkable results that solve a person's concerns while preserving his or her unique identity. We would love to discuss your goals and begin working toward a more beautiful, refined, and confident you. Please give our office a call at 248.322.3362 (248.FACE.DOC) or click the button below to request a consultation with Dr. Zuliani at Zuliani Facial Aesthetics in Bloomfield Hills.