The Mini "Weekend" Facelift Technique

Oct 30, 2013 @ 12:53 PM — by blakebird
Tagged with: Facelift | Plastic Surgery

Manhattan Mini "Weekend" Facelift TechniqueThe face is continually exposed to harsh elements that can age the skin, causing sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. A facelift is a popular cosmetic procedure to reverse these signs of aging and give the face a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. However, a facelift is typically recommended for patients with moderate to severe signs of aging, often those who are in their 50s or beyond. So is there an option for younger patients who are just beginning to experience lost elasticity and the formation of lines and wrinkles? For patients of plastic surgeon Craig A. Foster the answer is “yes.” Dr. Foster offers his Manhattan patients the mini facelift, also referred to as the “weekend” facelift because of the quickness of the procedure and the short recovery time.


The mini facelift is geared toward younger patients who have begun to experience common signs of aging on the face. Conditions that can be addressed through the mini facelift procedure include drooping, saggy skin around the cheeks, jowls, and neck area. This surgery is well-suited for patients in their 30s and 40s who wish to reverse these signs of aging before they worsen and require more intensive surgical correction. Patients with more severe sagging are likely better candidates for a traditional facelift procedure.

The Mini Facelift Technique

The mini facelift uses a newer, advanced technique that reverses mild to moderate signs of aging through a surgical procedure that is quicker than a traditional facelift and also requires a shorter recovery period. The mini facelift is an endoscopic procedure. This means that the surgery only requires a series of small incisions in order to gain access to the underlying facial muscles. Through these small incisions, Dr. Foster will insert an endoscope with a camera so that he has a clear view of the underlying facial tissue and muscles. Surgical instruments will then be used to remove excess fat and make the necessary manipulations to the muscles in order to lift and tighten the skin. After lifting the skin, any excess skin will be removed and the incisions will be closed with small sutures and then bandaged.


After a mini facelift, patients will be advised to return home and rest. For the first few days after surgery, patients should sleep with the head and neck slightly elevated. Common side effects of a mini facelift include swelling and bruising. The degree of severity will vary by patient but should milder than that experienced following a traditional facelift. The visible side effects of surgery have typically resolved within a week after surgery, leaving patients presentable to return to work. While a mini facelift will result in minor scars, the incisions are small and well-hidden so the scars should be undetectable.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are starting to notice your facial skin begin to lose elasticity and sag, you do not have to wait for the condition to worsen before seeking treatment. Patients in their 30s to 40s with mild to moderate drooping can rejuvenate and tighten the facial skin with the mini “weekend” facelift. To learn more about this procedure and find out if you are a good candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig A. Foster at your earliest convenience.