A mini-facelift is a safe and excellent procedure designed to improve sagging and laxity around the cheeks, jawline, and specific areas of the neck. However, rather than addressing more advanced signs of aging, the mini-facelift is designed to correct only mild to moderate degrees of age-related concerns. Dr. Miller offers a unique and longer lasting mini-facelift for Orange County residents who want to look Refreshed, but who may not require or desire a more extensive lifting procedure. The mini-facelift results are completely natural, and have the advantage of being performed with only mild sedation in our accredited surgery center.

To schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Timothy R. Miller, please call 949-482-1752 or request your consultation online. People visit Dr. Miller in Aliso Viejo for a mini-facelift from Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, and throughout Orange County.

Mini Facelift Orange County

A 3D video illustrating the actual results of a mini lift. The procedure was performed in Aliso Viejo at Refreshed Aesthetic Surgery Center by Dr. Timothy R. Miller. See more images and get more details here.

Mini Facelift Orange County

Your Mini-Facelift

A comprehensive evaluation is an essential ingredient for any successful surgical outcome. That is why Dr. Miller takes the necessary time to carefully assess each patient's unique personal features before any treatment plan is begun. Once Dr. Miller has assessed that instead of a complete facelift, a mini-facelift will provide enough correction to meet your aesthetic goals, both of you will discuss the procedure details, recovery time, and your expected results. He will review the benefits of your mini-facelift, including:

  • A more natural and Refreshed appearance
  • Smoother, firmer skin
  • Imperceptible incisions which enables you to wear any hairstyle with confidence
  • A reduction in the prominence of wrinkles in the mid- to lower-face
  • Disappearance of the jowls along jawline and upper neck
  • More defined and youthful facial contours

The Extra Touch

Combining procedures can be a valuable and complementary approach to further your aesthetic goals. Dr. Miller's mini-facelift patients often combine their procedure with fat augmentation, eyelid surgery or even a brow lift if a more Refreshed eye appearance is desired. Nonsurgical treatments such as laser skin rejuvenation and our aesthetician services can further enhance your overall skin quality and help maintain your results.

Common Questions or Concerns

What is the difference between a facelift and a mini-facelift?

Facelift and mini-facelift surgeries are both quite effective for rejuvenation of the lower face and neck. While a facelift can improve more significant signs of aging, a mini-facelift is often the best choice when a patient wishes to treat milder signs of aging and the laxity in the neck is very minimal. Mini-facelift surgery is especially appealing because it typically requires fewer and shorter incisions that heal to imperceptible scars that stay very well hidden, even when you wear your hair up or back. To learn more about facelift incisions, view this blog post by Dr. Miller.

A mini-facelift may also be a good option if you've previously undergone full facelift surgery but are in need of a "touch-up." If you decide to undergo a mini-facelift, you can expect to see improved tone, definition, and volume in your cheeks, jawline, and neck. Although these changes are subtle, they can take years off your face and are quite long-lasting.

What will my recuperation be like?

Although recovery following a mini-facelift is generally easier than that of a traditional facelift, it is still important to give yourself enough time to rest and relax at home. Mini-facelift patients often feel and look well enough to return to work and other social activities within 1 week of surgery. By this point, bruising and discoloration should be faint enough to be covered with makeup.

It's also important to keep your head elevated as much as possible, even overnight, in order to reduce unnecessary swelling. You can manage any discomfort with pain medicine Dr. Miller prescribes. It's important to avoid vigorous exercise and other activities that can raise your blood pressure for the first 1 to 2 weeks, because they can also lead to swelling, scar irregularities, and other complications. During your follow-up appointments, Dr. Miller will gradually clear you to resume your typical activities.

How long will my results last?

You can expect the results of your mini-facelift to last for several years. The exact duration of your results depends on the severity of your symptoms, the surgical technique Dr. Miller uses, and the way you care for your skin after surgery. Although surgery doesn't stop the aging process, it can set the clock back several years.

Are there any non-surgical alternatives to mini-facelift?

Yes. Depending on your specific anatomy and goals, Dr. Miller often recommends a variety of options. For instance, the FDA-cleared micro-focused ultrasound treatment, also known as Ultherapy®, is a popular option for those patients looking for non-surgical lifting and tightening treatments. Other options may include targeted facial sculpting with injectable dermal fillers including Sculptra®, VOLUMA® XC, JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, BELOTERO BALANCE®, and Restylane®. Although these products do not yield results that are as long-lasting as those of an Orange County mini-facelift, they can be a great alternative for stubborn lines and areas of lost volume. Their results are instantaneous, and treatments don't typically require any sort of downtime.

Dr. Miller may recommend a ore comprehensive non-surgical facelift, which is a procedure that uses strategic administration of both BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers to selectively improve various areas of the face.