Where are the incisions made for a mini facelift?

From what I know, a mini facelift should be a less serious surgery, and I'm wondering where the incision should begin and where should it end? WIll the scar be shorter and less visible? I'm trying to imagine how it would look, but I have no point of reference. I don't know anyone who had this surgery. Was it worth it for you? Any information is helpful. Thanks!


F, 53, Virginia

Tags:woman age 45-54 face incision

On my 46th birthday, I decided that perfect present would be to get a mini facelift. While I choose a mini-facelift because it was a less-invasive procedure than a traditional facelift. During my consultation, my plastic surgeon explained the procedure thoroughly. My incisions are located near the natural curves of my ear and extend to the hairline around my ear. Because the incision extended into my hairline, it's hard to see. Because I had a small amount of fat underneath my chin, another short incision was made underneath my chin. Again, this incision is pretty difficult to notice. What I like the most about my mini lift is how I look years younger.

I had a mini facelift to treat my loose skin and wrinkles in my lower face. I decided to have a mini facelift because it is not as involved as a full facelift procedure. Even though a mini facelift does not involve as much, it still involves incisions. However, the incisions made for a mini facelift are smaller. My incisions were made in front of my ear and around my earlobe. The scars were hidden in my hairline, so they were not noticeable once they healed completely. Each surgery is different. While the general location of the facelift incisions will be the same for a mini facelift, the length of the incisions can vary.

After discussions with my plastic surgeon I decided to have a mini facelift over a full facelift or neck lift. I chose it because it's a minor procedure that produces significant results for facial rejuvenation. A full facelift is a major surgical procedure that requires a more extended recovery period and treats the entire face. The mini facelift is a minor surgery that lifts sagging skin along the jawline, neck and cheeks. I was able to return to work after a couple of days, but if I had a full facelift, I would've been out of work for at least two weeks. The price is also a lot less than a full facelift. There are fewer incisions needed for the mini facelift because it only treats the lower face. I just needed three incisions to remove excess fat and to reshape my face. The incisions are hidden, and they also faded with time (they end up being short scars). I am thrilled with my results and recommend that you see a plastic surgeon to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Yes, the mini lift is less serious, in my opinion. I have had a mini lift, and it's less invasive because it works on the bottom part of the face. I went in 4 months ago to have a mini lift because I was starting to notice some jaw and neck sagging. The plastic surgery took an hour, and I was under local anesthesia. To fix my neck and jowls, the doctor made a small incision on the side of my face right at the hair line, an inch behind the hair line, above the ear and behind the tragus. So, for the most part, these scars are easy to hide due to their locations. From what I understand, a full facelift requires sutures around the entire hair line. My recovery time was a few weeks but I was back to work in a week with minor swelling and bruising (which I hid). Almost no one thought I'd had a face lift. They just thought I looked good and was taking care of myself.

My scar from mini-facelift surgery runs just along the crease where the front of my ear meets the rest of my face, and it is not even as long as my ear. Most doctors are very good at hiding the small incisions using anatomical features including the hairline or even behind the ear in some cases. I am now a year out from my mini facelift procedure, and my scar is only visible if you really look for it. As long as you take care of your scar, it should virtually disappear. I did some regular light massage of the area and used vitamin E cream. Even though it took me about a month to feel better after the surgical procedure, I think it has been worth it. I was really self-conscious about how I much excess skin I had on my face before I got my mini facelift. Now, I feel better about myself, scar and all.