As we age, certain characteristics are uniformly seen within an older face, and unfortunately, we cannot work out or tone our facial features. While Non-invasive treatments such as microneedling, lasers, fillers, and botulinum toxin can help to slow down the aging process, they are not permanent. Ultimately, some form of surgical procedure will be needed to keep patients looking as good as they wish to feel.

With offices in Newport Beach, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills, Dr. Sundine offers his patients an opportunity to restore their youthful appearance and natural beauty. The Mini-Facelift is a procedure that is designed to tighten the excess sagging skin mainly of the cheek and jawline areas.

woman in white tank top -- facelift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What is a Mini-Facelift?

The Mini-Facelift is a minimally invasive plastic surgery procedure that addresses wrinkles and sagging skin without the scarring and side effects of a regular facelift. A mini-facelift can improve skin texture, define the jawline, and dramatically improve your appearance.

This procedure involves the placement of incisions in front of the ears which extend from the hairline to the bottom of the earlobe. Dr. Sundine will then gently pull the skin and tissues up and outward the ear. Excess skin and tissue are removed to tighten the appearance of the skin.

Facelift vs. Mini-Facelift

The main difference between a Mini-Facelift and a Full Facelift is the extent of the incisions that do not extend into the hair.

A Mini-Facelift is best for patients who would like to reduce the initial, minimal signs of aging. It reduces minor sagging in the neck, jawline, and cheeks only, and does not affect the wrinkles in the forehead and lines around the eyes.

Full facelifts, on the other hand, are better for those with more aggressive signs of aging. This procedure can eliminate loose skin and folds in the neck and cheeks for an immense improvement in achieving a more youthful appearance.

Deep plane Facelift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What Are The Benefits

of a Mini-Facelift?

We have seen many of our patients discover the following benefits from their Mini-Facelift procedures:

  • Improve the appearance of the brow
  • Soften horizontal forehead lines
  • Eliminate or diminish wrinkles between the eyebrows
  • Release and improve crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes
  • Improve bags under the eyes
  • Soften the cheekbones
  • Add volume to hollowed areas
  • Flatten the deep creases that run from the base of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Elevate the depressed corners of the mouth
  • Reduce the appearance of jowls
  • Flattening of the marionette lines
  • Restoration of a pleasing jawline
  • Elimination of muscle bands and skin laxity in the neck

Each and all of these elements can be corrected with the comprehensive Deep Plane Facelift.

Who are the Best Candidates

For A Mini-Facelift?

A Mini-Facelift can be performed on essentially all patients but is typically performed on those in their forties and early fifties. To be a good candidate, patients should have sagging in their cheeks and neck, be in overall good health, and be non-smokers (or at least be able to stop for a while). All patients should have reasonable expectations of the procedure and should understand that the result will not be as pronounced as would be achieved with a full face and neck lift in combination with adjunctive procedures such as fat grafting and dermabrasion.

brown hair woman -- facelift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What’s The First Step?

If you are looking to rejuvenate your face Newport Beach or Beverly Hills, schedule a Mini-Facelift consultation with Dr. Sundine and find out if you are a good candidate. When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Sundine will examine your face and ask you questions regarding your medical history and lifestyle. You will also be able to ask any questions about our facial procedures and discuss your aesthetic goals.

Once the two of you have agreed on every aspect of your Mini-Facelift, Dr. Sundine will use the information he gathers during your initial consultation and create your customized surgical plan. Our Patient Coordinator will then help you schedule your surgical date and provide you with some pre-op instructions.

Avoid any aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen, fish oil, and any blood-thinning medicines for two weeks before the procedure.

If you are a smoker, you must stop 4 weeks before the procedure.

What to Expect on the Day of a Mini-Facelift

After placing the local anesthesia Dr. Sundine will make small inconspicuous incisions around your ears and hairline to avoid visible scars. Using these openings, the jowls and cheeks are tightened, the wrinkles are smoothed, and the sagging skin is treated. No drains are required for the procedure.

Dr. Sundine getting ready for surgery



After your surgery, you will be able to return home, however, you will need to have a friend or family member available to provide you a ride home and aide you around the house for the next day or so. You will be able to clean your face and hair that same day, but please be extra careful when doing so. You can expect some bruising, discomfort, and swelling for at least the first three weeks post-surgery. For the first week or so, Dr. Sundine will have you wear a compression garment, neck support, and a drain to help reduce swelling and allow any excess fluids to drain appropriately.

After the first week, you have your sutures and bandages removed by Dr. Sundine, who will also observe your recovery and healing. Most patients choose to stay home from work for at least the first week so they can heal comfortably. During the second week, you may notice a tight sensation in the surgical area, but this is normal and is part of the healing process. While you will be able to notice some visible changes as the swelling and bruising subsides, you can expect your final results to be apparent around six months post-surgery.

How Much Does a Mini-Facelift Cost in Newport Beach?


The cost of a Mini-Facelift in Newport Beach & Beverly Hills will be entirely dependent on the degree of change you are looking for, among several other factors. The best way to find out the total cost of your procedure is to come in for a Mini-Facelift consultation with Dr. Sundine and have him create your surgical plan. With this custom plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a pricing breakdown.

Why Choose Dr. Sundine?

Dr. Michael J. Sundine is a renowned facial plastic surgeon, who offers a range of aesthetic procedures to help patients turn back the clock. In addition to specializing in facial surgery, Dr. Sundine is a top Newport Beach rhinoplasty and chin augmentation surgeon. He also performs procedures for the upper facial features such as brow lift and eyelid surgery in Orange County. Your Mini-Facelift will be performed by Dr. Michael Sundine in Orange County. Dr. Sundine is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Sundine is known by his patients as one of the best Mini-Facelift surgeons in Newport Beach. To schedule a consultation and learn more about this procedure, contact the office of Dr. Sundine today at 949-706-3100 and set up your appointment.

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