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Early signs of aging often appear in the lower third of the face, as the skin succumbs to volume loss, sagging, and wrinkles. The jawline and cheeks may lose definition, while jowls may begin to form. These changes can be effectively addressed through a mini facelift, a surgical procedure that accomplishes many of the same goals as its conventional counterpart, the full facelift, but with shorter scars and reduced downtime. Dr. Sadrian delivers natural-looking, personalized results from his mini facelift procedure in San Diego.


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What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift relies on limited incisions through which excess sagging skin is removed, jowls are corrected, and the underlying facial tissues and musculature are tightened. The procedure is well-suited to those patients who are just beginning to see the signs of aging in the lower face and who are seeking shorter scars and reduced recovery time. To improve your outcome, a mini facelift is often combined with other cosmetic treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, dermal fillers, or fat grafting.

What are the benefits of a mini facelift?

Dr. Sadrian's mini facelift in San Diego provides numerous benefits, including:

  • Reduces early signs of aging in the lower third of the face
  • Combats sagging in the lower cheeks and jawline
  • Provides increased definition and sculpting
  • Enhances overall youthfulness
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Shorter scars than with a full facelift
  • Minimized recovery time
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Who is a good candidate for mini facelift surgery?

During your private consultation with Dr. Sadrian in his La Jolla, San Diego office, he will evaluate your skin quality, your facial structures, your overall health, and your medical history to determine the best approach for achieving your unique aesthetic goals. A mini facelift is an excellent solution for clients who don’t want to undergo the lengthier downtime associated with a full facelift and whose signs of aging include early jowling, lax skin, and loss of jawline definition. As with any surgery, patients must be non-smokers of sound mind and body who are realistic in their expectations for their results.

How is mini facelift surgery performed?

There are multiple techniques that can be used to execute a mini facelift, including a short scar lift, a limited incision lift, an endoscopic lift, a SMAS lift, and others. Dr. Sadrian will select the most appropriate approach for your individual concerns and anatomy. In all cases, he will address the early signs of aging by tightening the facial skin and repositioning the soft tissue in a more youthful manner. The underlying connective tissue (SMAS layer) will be elevated to create a more attractive foundation for the facial appearance. Incisions are always well-concealed within the folds of the ears and the hairline.

What can I expect after mini facelift surgery?

Dr. Sadrian provides in-depth instructions on your aftercare along with pain medications, antibiotics, and anti-nausea pills after your procedure. You’ll most likely experience mild swelling, bruising, and tenderness, which will typically resolve within about a week. Sutures are usually removed within 7 days. Most clients can resume work or school within about 10 days. Within 3 weeks, strenuous exercise and activities may be resumed. Mild skin discoloration can be concealed with makeup, a turtleneck, or a scarf. Dr. Sadrian’s expert attention doesn’t end once you leave the office. He will continue to monitor your recovery as it progresses and will answer any questions or concerns that may arise.

Why choose Dr. Sadrian?

Dr. Sadrian is a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in San Diego, whose extensive training, skill, and mastery of facial anatomy make him the ideal choice for anyone seeking superior mini facelift results. His precision-based, meticulously detailed approach is coupled with a genuine passion for exceeding client expectations and ensuring a rewarding, stress-free experience from start to finish.

Dr. Sadrian underwent rigorous training at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He then pursued board certification in plastic and reconstructive surgery by training at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine located within the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the most expansive medical center in the world.

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