What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

July 15, 2021
Mini facelift in Boston

As a nationally recognized facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Min S. Ahn has had the pleasure of meeting with thousands of patients who want to make improvements to their faces. Many of them are curious about the mini facelift procedure but are unsure whether it would be a good choice for them. Below is some information to help identify the best candidates for a mini facelift.

Mild to Moderate Signs of Aging

Many people assume that “mini” refers to lesser results when in fact the term refers to minimal incisions. The results are just as effective, yet there are some differences between a mini facelift and a lower facelift. Both the mini facelift and lower facelift effectively lift the jowls using the “Deep Plane” technique. The difference is that the minilift is done through a shorter incision. A patient who needs a lower facelift tends to have more skin that needs to be tailored.      

For most patients, a mini facelift is most typically performed in their late 40s and early 50s. However, the aging process can vary greatly from one individual to the next. Factors such as genetics, overall health, sun exposure and many other things can determine how quickly one ages.

Having Jowls and Not Much Excess Skin

A mini facelift is most successful — particularly when done in the hands of Dr. Ahn — at restoring definition to your jawline and eliminating the appearance of jowls, or round pouches of skin and soft tissue that sag just underneath the sides of the face. A mini facelift is ideal for a person who has minimal “jowling” without a significant amount of excess skin.

A Desire or Need for a Quicker Recovery

A mini facelift is less invasive than a lower facelift, as it relies on shorter incisions. As a result, patients may have a shorter recovery period.

Ask Dr. Ahn

Dr. Ahn is one of Boston’s most well-known facial plastic surgeons. During a consultation, Dr. Ahn can offer his expert opinion on whether a mini facelift will adequately reverse the signs of aging present on your face or if another procedure may be necessary. To speak with him, please contact us at the Aesthetic Wellness Center to discuss scheduling a consultation. 

What to Expect With Facelift Recovery

March 13, 2021

Facelift in BostonFacelift is a time-tested procedure that changes not just the way the world sees you, but also the way you feel about yourself.

Feelings of satisfaction and confidence are the ultimate result, but first come the weeks of healing and expectation as you await that moment, at the end of recovery, when you greet your breathtaking new look in the mirror. Here, experienced Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Min S. Ahn of The Aesthetic Wellness Center provides a timeline for the recovery process.

First Days

The first post-surgical minutes are similar to what any patient would experience after a procedure using general or “twilight” anesthesia. You will feel somewhat groggy and perhaps a little cold. Your face will feel swollen. Swelling is an expected side effect of a facial surgical procedure, and it will gradually increase in the next few days.

You will also notice bruising and feel a certain amount of discomfort. This low level of pain can be successfully managed by medications that will be prescribed for you by Dr. Ahn. After two weeks, most of your swelling and bruising should be gone.

Home Healing

At home, the key to a rapid and successful recovery is patience. Clear your schedule so that you can remain home for two weeks. Follow the recovery plan Dr. Ahn has outlined for you, and avoid vigorous physical activity, including lifting, straining and excessive bending. Not surprisingly, you will need to protect your face at night by sleeping on your back, preferably with the head elevated.

This is not a time to indulge in junk food and late-night hours. The food you eat should be nutritious and low in sodium, as excessive salt will aggravate swelling. Take short walks to boost circulation and improve your mood. After one month, you will be able to resume most of your usual activities.

Patience is also recommended in judging your final result. Although you will notice immediate improvement, your face will continue to heal for as long as a year. Within several months you will have a good sense of your new, revitalized facial appearance.

To learn more about facelift, or to schedule an in-office or online appointment, call or email Dr. Min S. Ahn of The Aesthetic Wellness Center today.

Adding Neck Lift to Facelift

December 10, 2020

Neck lift targets excess fat, loose skin, vertical “turkey bands,” and wrinkles on the neck, in the area below the jawline. It is often performed in conjunction with facelift or mini lift, ensuring that the skin and muscle tone of the neck match the newly revitalized facial appearance.

Below, experienced Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Min S. Ahn of The Aesthetic Wellness Center explores the benefits of neck lift, as well as the remarkable new generation of noninvasive solutions.

Neck Rejuvenation

Patients choose neck lift to restore a youthful appearance to the neck, tighten skin, smooth folds, eliminate visible muscle bands, improve the profile view and address the dreaded “turkey wattle” by removing loose skin under the chin.

Over time, neck skin may at some point begin to sag, fold or hang loosely. This is especially true in the case of patients who have lost a great deal of weight: Skin that lacks elasticity will not shrink sufficiently to conform to the reduced volume of a slimmer neck.

Surgical Options

Neck lift may involve removing fat, skin and performing a corset platysmaplasty. The fat is removed directly, not with just random liposuction. Excess skin is removed after the corset platysmaplasty is performed that tightens the neck muscles..

Platysmaplasty is indicated when sagging neck muscles create a “banded” appearance. During this surgery, Dr. Ahn will tighten, realign and sometimes remove a portion of the neck muscles that have lost integrity.

Noninvasive Choices

There are several popular non-surgical techniques used in place of neck lift, or sometimes to complement it. CoolSculpting and Kybella can be effective ways to thin the subcutaneous fat layer in the neck, and fractional laser resurfacing and targeted radiofrequency energy can noticeably tighten neck skin for some patients.

To learn more about ways to improve the appearance of the neck, or to schedule an in-office or online appointment, call or email Dr. Min S. Ahn of The Aesthetic Wellness Center today.

What Is the Difference Between Mini Facelift and Facelift Surgery?

October 9, 2020

The term “mini facelift” suggests that the procedure is dramatically different and much less expensive than a full facelift. This is typically not true. Although a common characteristic of the surgery is smaller incisions and often quicker recovery times, the definition of mini facelift is not set in stone, and the procedure may be performed in different ways by different surgeons.

Experienced Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Min S. Ahn often recommends mini facelift for patients who have loose jowls but relatively good skin integrity in other areas of the face and neck.

For such patients, he makes a small incision along the contour of the ear and tightens the jawline by pulling tissue upward through the cheeks. Unlike full facelift, the procedure does not target the neck, nor include brow lift or eyelid lift.

Distinctions and Similarities

A traditional facelift trims years from a patient’s appearance by tightening facial skin and muscles, while sometimes also removing skin and fat. The procedure targets displaced fat and sagging tissue on the cheeks, creases beneath the lower eyelids, excess skin and fat along the jawline, and furrows between the nose and corners of the mouth.

Facelift performed by a skilled plastic surgeon will typically last about 10 years. Mini facelift will last 8-10 years. For both facelift and mini facelift, recovery is measured in weeks, not days. Both are major surgical procedures.

Swelling is a key aspect of healing for each procedure. Swelling builds during the first three to four days after surgery. It is accompanied by bruising and some pain, which can be managed with prescribed medication. 

Whether you choose to have facelift or mini facelift, plan to stay home for one to two weeks after surgery. You should be able to resume most normal activities in a month, although your face will continue to heal for up to a year. 

To learn more about facelift or mini facelift, or to schedule an appointment, call or email Dr. Min S. Ahn of The Aesthetic Wellness Center today.

How Much Does a Face Lift Cost?

January 24, 2020

As a preeminent face lift surgeon, Dr. Ahn is often asked about the cost of a face lift or mini lift. To get to the answer, we need to delve a little deeper into what areas/problems are of concern. We can provide a range of costs over the phone or by email but the specific amount won’t be known until you have been evaluated by Dr. Ahn, in person, during a thorough consultation. As with other cosmetic services, these procedures are not covered by insurance.


Well first we need to figure out what procedures are appropriate for you. When you reach out to our office, we will ask you what areas concern you most. From there we can direct you to the right procedures for your needs. It is VERY common for people to say they think they need a face lift but are not sure what kind of lift they need.

As a first step to help clarify, let’s explain briefly the types of face lifts that are commonly performed.

The Full Face Lift.

  • Most surgeons don’t use this term anymore as it is not very specific. That being said, a full face lift typically includes surgery of the browseyes, lower face and neck all in one setting.

The Lower Face Lift.

  • This procedure focuses on lifting the jowls and improving the jawline contour. It is done through curved incisions that follow the contour of the ears.
  • The type of Lower Face Lift performed by Dr. Ahn is the gold standard Deep Plane Face Lift (PLEASE LINK TO FACE LIFT PAGE).
  • It is often done with a Neck Lift as most patients who have jowls also have neck related concerns.

The Mini Lift.

  • This surgery also focuses on lifting the jowls but is done through SHORTER incisions.
  • It is perfect for patients who have less extra skin to tailor than those who need a lower face lift.
  • The Mini Lift that Dr. Ahn performs is also performed using the gold standard Deep Plane Lift technique.
    • It is just as effective as a Lower Face Lift in lifting the jowls.
    • It does NOT have a “mini” effect in terms of the extent of improvement or how long it lasts. It is as effective as the Deep Plan Lower Face Lift in lifting the jowls and lasts equally long.

The Neck Lift

  • This procedure focuses on improving the neck contour.
  • It is most often done in combination with a Mini Lift (Mini Lift with Neck Lift) OR a Lower Face Lift (Lower Face and Neck Lift).
  • It is done through a small incision under the chin that is very discreet once healed.
  • It targets the most common aging neck problems including:
    • Loose skin
    • Vertical “turkey” bands
    • Neck fullness

Based on what procedure you need, then the approximate cost can be provided before the consultation. At the consultation, after you have been fully examined by Dr. Ahn, we can figure out the exact cost.


The cost of a mini or lower face lift with or without a neck lift, including facility and anesthesia fees ranges from $11,000 to $25,000 depending on the complexity of the case. The patient’s natural anatomy, and any previous face or neck surgery, can affect the complexity of the surgery.

Please remember that surgery is a team effort that includes the surgeon, operating room staff and the anesthesia providers. As such, the total cost will include:

  • The surgeon’s fee
  • The anesthesia fee.
  • The cost for the facility at the Join Commission Accredited Aesthetic Surgery Center. (PLEASE LINK TO SURGICAL FACILITY)


The Aesthetic Wellness Center also offers financing to pay for surgery costs. Find out more about our financing options and schedule your own consultation with Dr. Ahn.

FAQs about Deep Plane Facelift

March 12, 2018

Facelift is a facial rejuvenation procedure that is tailored to each patient’s unique needs. There are different techniques that a plastic surgeon can use, including the Deep Plane Facelift. Considered to be the gold standard in facelift techniques, the deep plane facelift offers the most long-lasting and comprehensive results.

The Aesthetic Wellness Center’s Dr. Min S. Ahn answers frequently asked questions about the deep plane facelift technique in this blog post.

How does Deep Plane Facelift differ from traditional facelift?

The Deep Plane Facelift is more effective than a traditional facelift in lifting the jowls, defining the jawline, improving the nasolabial fold (laugh lines) and repositioning the cheek pad to improve the midface. A traditional facelift relies on tightening the skin with limited lifting of the underlying muscle layer (SMAS layer).  The Deep Plane Facelift goes further by releasing 4 small ligaments that are “tethering” the SMAS layer. When the surgeon releases these ligaments, the SMAS/muscle layer, the jowls, and cheek pad move much more freely. Even after the surgeon removes the extra skin, there is NO tension on the skin edges and therefore NO “pulled” look.

Who is a candidate for Deep Plane Facelift?

The best candidates for Deep Plane Facelift are individuals with sagging jowls and midface with loose neck skin who desire longer-lasting results.

How is Deep Plane Facelift performed?

The Deep Plane Facelift is performed as an outpatient procedure. At the Aesthetic Surgery Center, all surgeries are performed under safe, gentle IV sedation (similar to a colonoscopy). During the procedure, the surgeon creates discreet, small, curved incisions starting at the temple hairline, extending inside the ear canal, and ending in the hair behind the ear. The surgeon separates the skin from the SMAS layer and releases the deep layers of muscle and tissue underneath the SMAS. The SMAS, jowls and cheek pad are then lifted and repositioned. The excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is redraped for a youthful and tension-free appearance. The incisions are closed with fine sutures.

What should I expect during recovery?

Recovery from deep plane facelift typically requires 2 weeks of “social” downtime. Swelling and bruising are normal and are largely resolved by 2 weeks. Patients should rest with their head elevated as much as possible.

Ultimately, Dr. Ahn will advise you on when you can return to work and resume normal activities based on your personal healing progress.

How can I learn more about facelift?

Dr. Ahn will gladly meet with you to answer all of your questions about facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Ahn will discuss your aesthetic needs and goals with you to determine whether deep plane facelift is right for you.

To schedule a consultation, please call (508) 876-3146 today.