Mini Facelift In San Diego

A mini facelift is a surgical procedure that uses small incisions to remove excess fat, tighten the skin and reshape the cheeks, jawline and neck. It uses shorter incisions, usually under the hairline and around the ears and is less invasive than a regular facelift procedure. It reduces sagging of the skin around the neck, jawline and cheeks for a more youthful appearance.

Difference Between Mini & Regular Facelift

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Real patient, Deep Plane Facelift Before and After - Malone Plastic Surgery San Diego

Extended Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift Before and After- Dr. Malone performed her extended Deep Plane Facelift with Necklift (Platysmaplasty) for this patient. This procedure is a shorter incision technique that can result in powerfully natural results to lift the cheeks, tone the jawline and tighten the neck. As we age the lower face starts to feel widened and heavier, resulting in a more square face shape that can feel masculinizing to many women. Lifting the muscles and cheek fat pads as well as reducing the redundant buccal fat pads will recreate a more tapered lower face shape, recreating the heart shaped face that we associate with feminine youth. We are absolutely floored by this lovely patient's naturally beautiful transformation.

Real patient, Deep Plane Facelift Before and After - Malone Plastic Surgery San Diego

Extended Deep Plane Facelift Before and After - Dr. Malone performs her signature Extended Deep Plane Facelift with Platysmaplasty for those patients who desire to have their cheeks lifted, jawline toned, and neck tightened up as well. Our patient sent us her own before and after selfies showing how the facelift procedure will lift and support the cheeks and nasolabial folds, smooth the jawline and also tighten the neck. While this patient looks more youthful we love her naturally refreshed outcome.

Real patient, Facelift Before and After - Malone Plastic Surgery San Diego

Facelift Before and After - To complete this full facial rejuvenation, Dr. Malone performed an Extended Deep Plane Facelift, Platysmaplasty, Lateral Temporal Brow Lift, Lower Eyelid Lift with Fat Repositioning, and a Lip Lift with a Lip Plumping Graft. This comprehensive facial rejuvenation has her looking 15 years younger. She took a selfie before her surgery and again when she was healed and sent us these to tell us that she is overjoyed! We are in awe of her naturally beautiful transformation.

Real patient, Mini Facelift Before and After - Malone Plastic Surgery San Diego

Mini Facelift Before and After - Dr. Malone performed her signature minimal access Deep Plane Facelift on this patient and these before and after pictures she sent to us from her home using her phone to create her own result pictures! Many patients present in their early to mid 40s wanting to lift up their cheeks and smooth and tighten their jawline. While this patient looks refreshed she does not look at all as though she has had work done. Dr. Malone has published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal on this facelift technique and customizes her treatment for each individual patient.

  • Requires less time for procedure, 90 minutes compared to a few hours for a facelift
  • Much shorter recovery time, days instead of at least two weeks for a facelift
  • Costs less
  • Can return to regular activities sooner
  • No general anesthesia usually required
  • Size of the incision is smaller
  • Scarring very minimal
  • Results visible sooner
  • Bruising fades faster and swelling decreases quicker

Also called a short scar facelift, it is a technique best utilized for younger patients in their 40s or 50s who are looking for a subtle improvement to nip the earliest signs of aging due to the relaxing of the skin and facial tissues. This technique is best suited for patients whose main concern is their lower face and jowls without significant drooping of their necks.

Am I a Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

You are a good candidate for a mini facelift procedure if you are in good overall physical health. The mini facelift is popular with younger patients in their 40’s and 50’s and those seeking a secondary facelift. This procedure can be combined with liposuction in the neck.

What are the Benefits of a Mini Facelift?

There are many great advantages of a mini facelift in La Jolla, including:

  • Lower cost because a mini facelift is less complicated, including being a short procedure and not requiring general anesthesia, than a traditional facelift
  • Short recovery time, about three to five days
  • Discomfort is minimal being a less invasive procedure
  • A twilight sedation or local anesthetic reduce your chance of side effects like nausea
  • No scarring because the incisions are very short and hidden
  • Natural-looking results for younger patients dealing with early aging

What are the Risks?

A mini facelift is considered a safe procedure but some risks can include bleeding, bruising, blood clotting, swelling and potential scarring.

What is the Recovery?

You may experience mild discomfort following your procedure. Dr. Malone is a board-certified San Diego facial plastic surgeon and can prescribe pain medication for relief. You may also feel numbness on your skin for a few weeks. You may have to keep your head elevated and still for a couple of days after surgery to deal with swelling.

It will be important to be gentle with your face given how tender your skin will be after the procedure. You can return to your normal activities after a week or so when Dr. Malone approves. More strenuous activities, including workouts, should be on hold for at least a couple of weeks.

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During your San Diego mini facelift consultation with Dr. Malone, you will have an opportunity to share your desire for a procedure and your concerns about it. You will be evaluated by Dr. Malone, who will create a customized plan based on your needs and offer you the best facial rejuvenation treatments for you. A mini facelift will improve the surface appearance of your face, neck, and skin for a softer, smooth and defined facial appearance. Your treatment will be based upon your individual facial anatomy and personal preferences to address your problem areas.

  • Cheeks
  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Jowls
  • Jawline

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A mini facelift repositions the portions of the face that show signs of aging using a shorter incision than that of a traditional facelift.

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Dr. Malone's approach in La Jolla is all about personalization, tailoring treatments specifically to address your unique concerns and aesthetic goals. Our goal is to bring out a rejuvenated appearance that mirrors the vitality you feel within. Dr. Malone's expertise ensures seamless enhancements, avoiding any unwarranted attention. She achieves the subtle refreshment that helps bring back what a restful night's sleep used to give. Dr. Malone's aesthetic is characterized by its natural, gentle, and harmonious qualities, empowering you to confidently present your best self. Her aspiration is to assist every patient in achieving a naturally balanced aesthetic, ensuring you always project your most confident self.

Dr. Malone holds prestigious Fellow status in The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American College of Surgeons. This remarkable honor is granted to a select group of surgeons based on their exceptional training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical standards.

Committed to perfecting her craft and achieving technical excellence, Dr. Malone successfully completed her fellowship under the mentorship of the esteemed facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Jacono. Dr. Jacono is celebrated for his groundbreaking work in advancing the deep plane facelift technique, which not only minimizes noticeable scarring but also revitalizes the underlying facial tissues. This innovative approach steers clear of the artificial results commonly linked to traditional facelift methods. Leveraging Dr. Jacono's pioneering technique, Dr. Malone offers her patients remarkably natural and authentic outcomes in facial rejuvenation.

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