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Do you feel self-conscious about sagging skin on your face? Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sidney Starkman provides a mini facelift in Scottsdale to tighten facial skin and remove the wrinkles and fine lines to restore a more youthful vigor and appearance. A mini facelift is a modified version of a traditional facelift, making it the ideal surgery for relatively minor modifications to remove early signs of aging.

What is a mini facelift? 

A mini facelift in Scottsdale can take years off your face, effectively restoring a more youthful appearance. While surgical treatment doesn’t stop aging altogether, we can certainly prolong your youth and stave off the signs of aging for a long time to come. This is accomplished through fine incisions around the hairline and pulling the skin upwards and trimming excess tissue. This procedure tightens your skin over your face, improving facial contours and removing wrinkles.

Personalized Perfection

At Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, we adopt a highly personalized approach to mini facelifts, tailoring it to your individual requirements. No two surgical procedures are identical, so your consultation with Dr. Starkman will provide an exact plan of treatment. Our accredited surgical facility has caring staff who gladly answer all your questions and concerns before or after the procedure.

Am I a candidate for a mini facelift?

The ideal candidates for a mini facelift are individuals in their early 30s or 40s who are experiencing early signs of aging. However, you can also consult Dr. Starkman if you’ve started noticing a loss of definition around your jawline in your late 20s. Some of the most common reasons for a mini facelift include loss of jawline definition, the formation of jowls, sagging skin, or hollow cheeks. Mini facelift patients should also be in good general health, and they should avoid smoking.

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What are the Benefits of a Mini Facelift

The following are some of the key benefits of mini facelift surgery:

  • Excellent alternative for a traditional facelift for individuals with early signs of aging
  • Relatively non-aggressive procedure that leads to minimal scarring
  • All incisions are placed in non-visible areas of the face, such as the hairline and behind the ears
  • Facial contouring that tightens skin, leaving it without wrinkles or lines
  • Relatively quick recovery
  • Results last from 5 years to a decade, turning back the clock on aging
  • Natural-looking results that improve your appearance without obvious signs of manipulation
  • Dr. Starkman ensures the procedure is completely safe, and there are no infections

Mini Facelift Procedure

The mini facelift in Scottsdale is a highly personalized procedure. During your initial consultation, Dr. Starkman will carefully examine your face, study your skin type, and discuss your expectations to curate the ideal mini facelift treatment plan for you. Before the procedure, Dr. Starkman will ask you to temporarily avoid certain over-the-counter medications, and to arrange transportation to and from the clinic.


During the mini facelift surgery, Dr. Starkman will administer general IV or local anesthesia to ensure comfort. Once the anesthesia kicks in, Dr. Starkman will make small incisions around the ears and hairline. He will access the underlying tissues to “pull” your skin upwards, remove excess skin tissues, and redistribute fat tissues. After the procedure, Dr. Starkman will carefully suture up the incisions and apply dressings.

What to Expect Following a Mini Facelift

Dr. Starkman will apply dressings over the stitches, and you can return home the same day. You will be advised to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities throughout recovery. You will also have to return for a pre-scheduled appointment for suture removal. Once the stitches and dressing are removed, you’ll notice some swelling and bruises. These are perfectly normal and will gradually recede. The incision marks will gradually fade into a dull pink, before merging with the rest of your skin.


Patients should avoid physical activities for a few weeks, and avoid making sharp or sudden motions with your face. It may take several weeks for your face to recover completely, but you won’t see the procedure's final results for a few months, during which time your appearance will continue improving. The results of a well-done facelift typically last from 5 to 10 years.

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Mini facelift consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Starkman will examine your skin and measure your face, understand your concerns, and discuss your aesthetic goals for your appearance. As a part of this, Dr. Starkman will review your medical history and discuss the details of the mini facelift procedure. He will ensure you fully understand what it entails and what to expect. You will have a chance to ask any questions you have and discuss any concerns you may have about the procedure and your recovery period. 

From there, Dr. Starkman will create a surgical plan customized for you, designed to achieve your aesthetic goals. 

Recovery: what to expect

After your mini facelift, your recovery period is shorter than what the recovery is for a typical facelift. The main portion of your recovery period takes about one week. During this time there will be swelling and bruising, which will begin to lighten up a few days after your surgery.

Swelling will be gone within 3-5 days, and you can expect to be mostly recovered in about 7-10 days. Most people can return to work by this time. However, wait to engage in strenuous exercise until several weeks have passed and you have the go-ahead from Dr. Starkman. 

Mini facelift results

After a mini facelift, you will have a more contoured, sculpted, youthful-looking face. You will be able to enjoy smoother, tighter skin and fewer wrinkles. Your features will be subtly lifted to provide a natural-looking, renewed definition.

The results of a mini facelift are long-lasting, easily providing beautiful effects for ten years. After this time, your facelift may need an update to maintain your more youthful, firmer features.

Mini Facelift FAQ

Is a mini facelift safe?

Despite its name, a mini facelift is a significant surgical procedure. It has the same risks inherent in all surgical procedures: swelling, bruising, and the possible risk of infections. These complications are extremely rare in the hands of a skilled surgeon, nevertheless, they are potential risks. Dr Starkman has experience in dealing with all possible complications and his many patients are very pleased with their results.

How much does a mini facelift cost?

The cost of the mini facelift surgery varies vastly for each individual, depending on their specific needs. During your initial consultation, Dr. Starkman will examine your skin conditions and discuss goals before providing a quote. At Starkman Facial Plastic Surgery, we also help you find low-interest financing options for the procedure.

Will the results look natural?

You may worry that your surgery will leave you looking “fake,” perhaps leaving your skin too tight or shiny. Some patients worry that they won’t be able to move their face well. Dr. Starkman focuses on providing very natural-looking results and restoring to you a much more youthful appearance that looks fresh and has no sign of having had work done.

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