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Mini Facelift

What is a Mini Facelift?A mini facelift surgery may be recommended if the patient seeks reduction of minor aging signs on the lower part of the face, or needs a maintenance procedure to delay the appearance of facial signs of aging. The cosmetic surgeon will perform a mini facelift to address minor wrinkles and sagging skin the lower third of the face. The procedure can also restore chin definition by removing excess tissue and tightening loose skin.

Dr. Eugene Kim is a double board certified plastic surgeon providing mini facelift and other procedures. Dr. Kim will customize the mini facelift surgery to provide a more youthful and refreshed facial appearance that enhances the patient’s aesthetic beauty and boosts self-confidence. Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding communities for this procedure.


Women and men who are looking for subtle improvements to face by removing wrinkles and lines in the lower portion may be incredible and suitable candidates for a mini facelift. Individuals who are genetically predisposed to having poor jaw definition, or those who develop specific signs of aging due to hormonal changes may also benefit from a mini facelift. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Kim will evaluate the patient’s facial anatomy and personal aesthetic goals before recommending a mini facelift.


A mini facelift procedure offers numerous benefits for suitable candidates. Some of the key benefits are listed as follows:

  • The risk of side effects is minimal in a mini facelift surgery. Swelling, bruising, and tenderness are much lesser as compared to a full facelift.
  • Scarring is minimal because the incisions are minor and can be hidden within the natural facial contours and hairline.
  • The procedure is usually performed with local anesthesia, and the patient can remain conscious throughout the procedure.
  • Recovery is faster and does not involve much pain or discomfort.

Dr. Kim is a leading plastic surgeon providing mini facelift surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby locations.


Following local anesthesia, the procedure will begin with the surgeon placing small incisions in the front of the ears that extend from the bottom of the earlobe to the hairline. The actual size of the incisions will depend on the extent of surgery involved. Through the incision, the surgeon will pull up the tissue towards the ears. This will enable reduction of sagging skin and jowls and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

As the skin and SMAS are in a position that enhances the natural bone structure and facial contours, the surgeon will suture them into place, and trim away the excess tissue. Sutures may be dissolvable or removable in some cases. The total duration of the procedure may be about two hours.


The patient can expect to return to their regular activities or go back to work within three to four days following a mini facelift. Swelling can take several weeks to subside completely. Full results of the procedure will be established gradually over a period of several months.

Click here see more plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eugene Kim on patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and surrounding areas or call 310-271-6996 to schedule a consultation.

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