Mini-Facelift (SHORT Scar Facelift) Procedure Toronto

Dr. Pirani performs an innovative mini-facelift which allows him to improve both facial and neck contours through a singe short scar; thus, reducing the need for an extra scar in the neck. This is an innovate new approach that very few Toronto plastic surgeons or facial plastic surgeons perform.

Mini Facelift Toronto Procedure

Introduction to Mini Facelift

A traditional facelift is designed to address the signs of aging in the face and neck. This is usually done with an incision that can extend quite far behind the ear and into the hairline. Dr. Pirani is one of only a few plastic surgeons in Toronto trained to achieve the same results of a traditional facelift with a much shorter scar or mini-facelift. Through a smaller incision than a traditional facelift, Dr. Pirani is able to improve the signs of aging in both the face and neck. This is associated with less bruising, discomfort, and faster recovery times than a traditional facelift.

Who is a good candidate for a mini-facelift (short scar facelift)?

Most candidates for a traditional facelift are also candidates for a mini-facelift or short scar facelift. Patients who have had massive weight loss sometimes require a traditional facelift if they have a large amount of excess facial skin.

What improvements can I expect from a mini-facelift (short scar facelift)?

In general, patients can expect the same kind of improvements in the face and neck as with a traditional facelift. Specifically, patients can expect:

  • A tightening of sagging excess skin
  • A more youthful facial shape and contour
  • Increased cheek fullness
  • Jowls will be decreased in order to create a more youthful and smooth jaw contour
  • Softening of marionette and smile lines
  • A more youthful neck contour

How is a mini-facelift (short scar facelift) performed by Dr. Pirani?

Dr. Pirani performs an innovative mini-facelift which allows him to improve both facial and neck contours through a singe short scar; thus, reducing the need for an extra scar in the neck. This is an innovate new approach that very few Toronto plastic surgeons or facial plastic surgeons perform.
The scar one should expect from Dr. Pirani’s innovative mini facelift technique is a short scar which begins just in front of the ear in the hairline area and extends behind the front of the ear and then around the earlobe to end just behind ear.

Dr. Pirani will usually combine facial fat grafting and liposuction techniques with a mini-facelift in order to achieve the best possible results. Dr. Pirani’s approach is innovative and effective. It provides excellent results with minimal scarring.

Recovery after a Mini-facelift

After your mini-facelift, Dr. Pirani will usually have you stay overnight in our accredited surgical facility. You will be attended to by 2 nurses during your stay. These nurses will make sure that you’re safe and comfortable. Dr. Pirani will see you the next morning to change your dressings and make sure that you’re doing well. Initially, there may be some bruising and swelling present, but this usually resolves over a few days to weeks. Most people will return to work within 7-10 days after a mini-facelift.

The Mini-facelift Consultation

There is a large amount of information to review during a mini-facelift consultation. Dr. Pirani will usually spend approximately an hour with you during this consultation to go over all of the surgical details and options prior to creating a custom surgical plan for you that addresses all of your concerns and goals. He will go over risks and complications and give you an idea of what you should expect in terms of results and recovery.

The Difference Between A Mini And Full Facelift

Full Facelift

Let’s start with a look at what a full facelift is. A full facelift is a surgical procedure that is performed under general anaesthesia. It is used to help correct any age-related imperfections that have appeared through your mid to lower face. With a full facelift, you can anticipate:

  • No jowls/smooth jaw line
  • Smooth neck without excess skin or fat
  • More defined cheeks
  • Tightened tissue to help eliminate the appearance of wrinkles

The procedure can take a couple of hours depending on your individual needs. This is a good procedure for patients who are unhappy with their neck and jaw line area, including jowls and facial sagging.

A full facelift is more involved than a mini facelift, including cost, procedure time, and recovery time. The results however, are more long-lasting and can give you bigger results than you would get from a mini facelift.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is also a type of cosmetic surgery, but it is an alternative to a full facelift. There are smaller incisions made, so the scarring will be kept to a minimum. For a mini facelift, you can anticipate:

  • Reduction in sagging on the lower face
  • Reduction in sagging on the neckline and jaw line
  • No general anaesthesia
  • Quicker recovery time

Not as invasive as a full facelift, mini facelifts are a shorter procedure that have a quicker recovery time. This is because they are much less aggressive when compared to a full facelift. There is also less scarring with a mini facelift, though if you are seeing an experienced surgeon like Dr. Pirani, there will be minimal scars with a full facelift as well.

While it might seem like mini facelifts are the better option between the two procedures, they are not ideal for everyone.

Which Is The Right Choice For You?

Before you settle on one facelift over another, you have to remember that you might not be a candidate for that type of facelift. Both are surgical procedures, but they serve different purposes and might not be ideal for you.

Mini facelifts are usually used for patients under the age of 50. Once you have hit your late 30’s to early 40’s, the signs of mild sagging will begin to appear around the mid-face region. In order to combat these initial signs, a mini facelift would be a great idea. At this age, most patients have not developed a lot of skin laxity that causes the saggy, loose skin.

For patients who are older than 50, a full facelift is usually the way to go. The skin naturally loses laxity over time, which will mean that there is more excess or saggy skin to deal with. Jowls will also naturally be more prominent at this age.

Age aside, the laxity of your skin is an individual concern, meaning it varies from person to person. Your doctor will be able to help you find the right path.

What Is The Next Step?

If you are ready to make the decision between a mini and a full facelift, it is time to give Dr. Pirani a call. At your consultation, he will review your needs and the current state of your skin and help guide you toward the best choice for you.


Toronto Plastic Surgery Center: Dr. Asif Pirani

199 Avenue Rd – 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON
M5R 2J3

Phone: 416-360-8772

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