Lower Facelift

If you would like to look more refreshed and youthful but you only show early signs of facial aging, a lower facelift may be the perfect treatment for you. Often termed a “mini facelift,” a lower facelift is performed to correct sagging skin around the jawline and neck. This procedure is usually considered a modified version of a facelift, allowing patients to look more elegant and refined with the benefits of shorter incisions and somewhat less recovery time when compared to facelift surgery.

As a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Scott Miller has a unique level of experience achieving patients’ goals through facial plastic surgery. He can personalize your treatment plan to recontour your lower face with special consideration of your needs and goals.

How Can a Lower Facelift Help Me Achieve My Goals?

Although a lower facelift is not as extensive as a full facelift, the procedure can achieve powerful improvements. Aging often causes the face to lose support, making the skin less taut and elastic. When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, a lower facelift can provide:

The before-and-after photos in our patient gallery help illustrate how lower facelift surgery is able to rejuvenate the jawline region, providing beautiful, natural-looking results. A neck lift may also provide a stunning complement to a lower facelift, and Dr. Miller can assess your needs to help you formulate the best possible treatment plan.

Is a Lower Facelift Right for Me?

Most patients who pursue a lower facelift are usually in their thirties or forties, and only show mild to moderate signs of skin laxity. More extensive skin sagging may be better treated with our other facial plastic surgery options, but rest assured that Dr. Miller will help you evaluate your options. A lower facelift can also be an excellent choice for individuals who are not quite ready for a full facelift.

If you’re interested in a lower facelift, it’s important to be in good health with no major medical conditions and have realistic expectations for what the procedure can achieve.

How is the Lower Facelift Procedure Performed?

Lower facelift surgery is performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. One of the main benefits of a lower facelift is the ability to rejuvenate the lower face using shorter incisions than full facelift surgery. Incisions are made within natural contours of the ears and hairline, allowing any scars to be inconspicuous. Using these incisions, the skin and facial tissues are lifted while the excess skin is removed.

What Can I Expect From the Recovery Period After a Lower Facelift?

Most patients appreciate that a lower facelift typically does not require as much downtime as a standard facelift, allowing them to resume their normal daily routines faster than usual. Swelling and potential bruising are normal reactions after the procedure, and should resolve naturally over the course of the healing process. Over-the-counter medications and cold compresses can help alleviate any discomfort. In most cases, patients can return to work within 10 to 14 days, but should avoid exercise and strenuous activity until Dr. Miller advises otherwise.

How Much Does a Lower Facelift Cost?

A lower facelift in San Diego is typically more economical than a full facelift and the price depends on the specific details of your treatment plan, such as:

Dr. Miller’s patient care coordinator will provide you with a fee quote tailored to your unique procedure after your consultation.

A lower facelift can be the perfect facial rejuvenation treatment for patients who only show mild to moderate signs of aging in the lower face and neck. Contact Dr. Miller at our La Jolla practice to learn more about developing a custom-tailored treatment plan for your individual needs.