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Mini Facelift – Northern Virgina

Mini Facelift - Northern VirginaDr. Trang Vo-Nguyen, popularly known as Dr. V among her patients, is a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Through her state of the art practice, Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts in Chantilly, Northern Virginia Dr. V provides advanced and innovative plastic surgery procedures. Patients who are located in and around Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Fauquier County and Arlington County have an opportunity to receive superlative, striking, and state of the art facial plastic surgery procedures from Dr. V.

What is a Mini Facelift?

Mini facelift procedure has emerged as one of the sought after plastic surgery procedures in recent years. It is less invasive compared to traditional facelift surgery, and therefore it exposes the patient to a reduced risk. Pain, swelling, and general discomfort following the procedure are minimal and the recovery is much faster. An experienced plastic surgeon will evaluate the patient’s condition and aesthetic needs and goals before recommending an appropriate procedure such as mini facelift.

The procedure involves re-positioning of the sagging facial structures and attaching them to the cheekbones with non-dissolvable stitches. Skin laxity is reduced and the underlying weak tissue is tightened vertically. An advantage with a mini facelift surgery is that it can be performed under local anesthesia, and the typical risks, complications and costs associated with general anesthesia can be avoided. Dr. V provides this safe and effective facial plastic surgery procedure to her patients in Middleburg, Leesburg, Fairfax, Manassas, Warrenton, Arlington, and surrounding communities.

“Miracle Lift”

In the medical community, a mini facelift is often called a “miracle lift” considering the scale of benefits it can provide with a less invasive surgical approach. However, the procedure is usually recommended only in cases where the underlying facial tissue has not lost its firmness very significantly. If the underlying tissue has slackened substantially, the patient may have to undergo a full facelift plastic surgery.

A mini facelift procedure primarily addresses the conditions of skin laxity in the neck and jawline area. If the patient has developed undesirable jowling along the jawline, it can be treated effectively with a mini facelift. Folds around the corners of the mouth, which are known as marionette lines, can also be minimized with this facial plastic surgery procedure.

Patients who are keen to reverse the facial signs of aging well before they appear in a full-fledged manner may opt for a mini facelift to achieve a rejuvenated facial appearance. Dr. V is an experienced plastic surgeon providing this surgery to her patients in Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Fauquier County, Arlington County and nearby areas.

Safety and Results

Compared to a full facelift surgery, the mini facelift is a relatively safer treatment option. The area of focus in this surgery is primarily above the parotid salivary gland underneath which the facial nerves are located. That makes it a safer procedure because the facial nerves are not exposed to the surgical work. In the case of a full facelift, a long incision must be made along the hairline and near the ears. However, in case of a mini facelift, the plastic surgeon will make three or more tiny incisions through which the excess fat and skin will be removed.

That reduces the risk of scarring significantly in this procedure. While a full facelift can make dramatic improvements in the reversal of signs of aging from all over the face and neck, a mini facelift focuses only on specific targeted areas. Its main goal is to reduce minor sagging around the neck, jawline, and cheeks. In some cases, a mini facelift may be combined with a brow lift or eyelid lift surgery to achieve more comprehensive outcomes, depending on the patient’s aesthetic needs.


In the first week following the mini facelift facial plastic surgery, the patient may find it difficult to open the mouth fully because of the non-dissolvable internal sutures. Drains may be placed behind the ear to evacuate fluid. The risk of infection is minimal in this procedure, and smokers are advised to refrain from smoking several weeks before and after the procedure for safe healing. The scar may be located in front of the ear, in the hairline and sometimes it may extend behind the ear.

Scarring is minimal when the procedure is performed by an experienced facial plastic surgeon. Dr. V is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing this treatment to her patients in and around Northern Virginia. Most people are able to return to work within a week or 10 days after the procedure. Results of the surgery are usually long lasting, and in many cases, the results may last from five to 15 years.

For more infomation please contact Dr. V. Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, known to her patients as “Dr. V,” is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures in Northern Virginia, Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, Warrenton, Fauquier, Arlington, Manassas, Middleburg, Prince William, and other areas.

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