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Overview of Mini-Face Lift in Washington DC

Over time, we all start showing the early signs of facial aging in the form of loose neck skin, jowls and deeper smile lines (nasolabial folds), as well as disappearing jawline and neckline. Sometimes vertical neck bands reminiscent of a “turkey wattle” begins to develop. Usually this begins to be noticeable in the mid thirties to forties, depending on your genetics and skincare habits. Non-invasive skin tightening approaches can offer improvements but Dr. Rad’s patients desire complete correction of these early signs so they look their best and appear as if not to age.

Most plastic surgeons, particularly those with less experience, will use a “cookie cutter” approach and choose the traditional facelift procedure regardless of the patient’s anatomy. However, in younger patients this may be overly aggressive and invasive when a more nuanced, targeted approach can effectively correct the subtle and early signs of aging while minimizing scarring, downtime and risk of looking “done.” Furthermore, in inexperienced hands, traditional skin-only facelifting can lead to visible, unsightly scars and distortion of the ears as well as hairline and sideburn displacement, all unwanted results that are difficult to reverse. Therefore, it’s crucial to be in the right hands from the start, and Dr. Rad, a Board certified plastic surgeon and face cosmetic surgery specialist, tailors his approach to patients’ unique anatomy to achieve refreshed and revitalized appearances without the “overkill” facelifts that most surgeons propose.

What is a Mini-Face Lift

The Mini Face Lift is a minimally invasive technique with hidden incisions which Dr. Rad utilizes in his younger patients who wish to reverse early signs of aging to maintain a fresh appearance. It is intended for patients who require subtle areas of correction rather than total overhauls. For example it may be needed to target downturned corners of the mouth, marionette lines, small jowls, or mild deflation in the cheeks. Dr. Rad taillors his approach to each patient’s unique anatomy to achieve natural, believable results without the evidence of facelifting.

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Mini-Face Lift Patient: This 34 year-old professional was concerned with an unintended appearance of upset, sadness and disapproval which she felt negatively affected her professional interactions in the workplace as well as during social occasions.To address her concerns, Dr. Rad targeted the jowl tissues, downturned corners of her mouth, deflated cheek volume, and jawline by gently but firmly elevating the SMAS muscle layer via a mini-face lift technique. In the “After” photo she appears as though she is subtly smiling, similar to a quiet Mona Lisa smile; however, she is not trying to smile for camera, and instead this is her natural resting “posture” of her face. As you can see the result is very natural and brings out her natural beauty in a subtle way.

What are the advantages of a Mini-Face Lift?

  • Minimizing or Eliminating Facelift Scars

    Dr. Rad will place small incisions hidden in the natural crease behind the ear. Depending on the degree of tissue movement that is required to achieve the desired results of in the front of the ear or behind the tragus. This is how he achieves minimal scarring that is not visible to anyone.

  • Natural Results

    Dr. Rad’s technique focuses on tissue elevation and “redraping” of skin which avoids unnatural stretching of skin. This avoids a “wind tunnel” look and instead enhances natural facial architecture. Furthermore, Dr. Rad is so meticulous in the distribution of tension so as not to distort the natural anatomy of your ear or affect your hairline as is common in less experienced hands. Aesthetically this translates to a refreshed, rested and simply more attractive appearance.

  • Maximal Longevity

    Dr. Rad addresses the deeper layer of tissue, the SMAS muscle layer, when performing the lift. This is crucial for a long lasting result because the SMAS can hold tension whereas skin cannot. While many surgeons tighten skin under the false promise that a “lunch time lift” is safest and equally rejuvenative, this is akin to building a house of foam girders – it simply won’t hold up over time.

  • Minimally Invasive

    Dr. Rad always endeavors to hide scars and the mini-face lift scars sometimes can be completely invisible even while wearing hair in a ponytail. Targeted surgical dissection and manipulation is the hallmark of Dr. Rad’s mini-face lift technique and this translates to rapid recovery and days, not weeks, for returning to normal activity.

  • Hiding the Evidence of the Work

    Distortions of the earlobe and tragus, the small isthmus of cartilage covering the ear canal, are telltale signs of facelifting and occur in less experienced hands. Dr. Rad’s mini-face lift technique features incisions behind the tragus or not at all in front of the ear thus eliminating the possibility of unwanted distortions.

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

Your vision for your results will emerge through detailed consultation with Dr. Rad, meticulous examination of your anatomy, and careful pre-surgical planning. While Dr. Rad’s surgical approach is unique for each patient, the goal of naturalness remains constant.

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Individual results may vary.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for mini-facelift?

Regardless of age, if you’re starting to notice sagging jowls, loose neck tissues and deflating apples of the cheeks and you’d like to restore a refreshed appearance, then a mini-facelift may be the perfect option for you. Patients with moderate to severe tissue sagging are likely best served by the more complete facelift, Dr. Rad’s signature deep plane “sub-SMAS” technique. But mini-facelift is a good option as a refresh rather than an overhaul.

Mini-Face Lift Patient Before & After Procedure

Benefits of the Mini-Face Lift

A mini-face lift has many benefits that patients should consider:

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    This procedure is minimally invasive and features small incisions hidden behind each ear. Limited, but more targeted surgical dissection, equals less downtime and recovery while still achieving desired results.
  • No General Anesthesia
    The procedure is done very comfortably using local (injected) anesthesia. The total surgery time in about 1.5 hours and performed as an outpatient procedure.
  • Shorter Recovery
    Time Recovery from mini-face lift is shorter than that of a full facelift procedure. Most patients are able to get back to their daily routine (with restrictions on intense physical exercise) in just a few days. Bruising and swelling are mild and resolve in a long weekend.
  • Natural Results
    Dr. Rad’s goals for all patients are natural and believable results with a focus on looking like a more rested, youthful version of one’s self.
  • Maximum Safety
    All surgeries carry some risks, however risks are minimal in Dr. Rad’s hands.

Mini-Face Lift Before & After Patient 7: This 52 year old woman wanted to address a sagging neck but did not want any visible scarring or a lengthy recovery. Dr. Rad and she decided that a mini-lower face and neck lift would achieve believably beautiful and natural results.

How Is A Mini-Face Lift Done?

Dr. Rad’s top priorities are your safety and comfort and he guides each patient step by step through the following process.

1. Since mini-facelift is designed to be done in-office under local anesthetic, the initial safety steps focus on identifying any risk factors: have you had allergic reaction to anesthetics such as at the dentist or during minor surgical procedures? Are you comfortable with the idea of being awake? Reviewing your medical history and preparing in advance are key to safe outcomes.

2. Once you are deemed appropriate to undergo mini-facelift, Dr. Rad ensures your comfort with topical anesthetic to provide surface numbing, followed by injected numbing medicine. This is very effective and patients feel no pain once numbing has taken effect. Some patients may benefit from oral pain medicine and relaxing medicine to help take the edge off.

3. Dr. Rad makes very precise incisions along natural contours in front and behind the ears, so they are hidden from view. Through these incisions Dr. Rad elevates the skin within the subcutaneous fat plane in order to expose the muscle layer, the SMAS.

4. Dr. Rad then releases strong attachments, called osteocutaneous ligaments, that restrain sagging tissues. Once these are released, Dr. Rad then tightens the deeper muscles using either plication (folding) or suspension of a “flap”. These techniques are both safe and effective in Dr. Rad’s experienced hands.

5. After underlying facial tissues are restored to a lifted position, excess skin is removed and the incisions closed in a tension-less manner.

6. A light dressing is applied after which you can return home, driven by a friend or family member. The procedure is performed on an out-patient basis in almost all cases.

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HOW QUICK IS MY RECOVERY?

Recovery is not painful after mini-facelift and in fact patients can resume most normal activities, except heavy lifting, almost immediately. Most patients taper off stronger pain medicine in a day or two. You will see Dr. Rad within a week after surgery. During the first through second weeks swelling and bruising rapidly resolve and return to normal activities can occur quickly. Highly athletic men and women require longer to reach unrestricted exercise. However, returning to work in a matter of a few days is not uncommon.

CAN I ACHIEVE SIMILAR RESULTS NON-SURGICALLY?

Yes and no: surgical mini-facelift is needed when non-surgical treatments have reached their limit of efficacy. While fillers are effective in restoring volume and lifting tissues to some degree (the “liquid facelift”), patients who don’t want to have more volume added to their faces benefit from mini-facelift.

WHEN WILL I SEE REAL RESULTS?

You may see improvements immediately, however keep in mind that some bruising and swelling will distort your facial features for the first few days after mini-facelift. However, visible signs of surgery dissipate in a matter of a few days to a week and, with concealer, patients can feel confident to return to work within a week.

How is a Mini-Face Lift Different from a “Traditional” Face Lift?

The mini-face lift is facelift however will involve more incisions, a much longer surgical time, and a longer recovery time. Compared to the ponytail technique face lift which involves only a single incision behind each ear and can completed in under an hour. The traditional facelift procedure will also carry a much longer recovery time then the minimally invasive Ponytail Technique Face Lift. While both procedures will leave you looking younger, a traditional facelift will involve more areas of the face including the cheeks, jowls, eyes, and in most cases, the neck. Another main difference between the two is that the ponytail technique is better suited for men and women who are in their late twenties to late thirties and the full facelift is better suited for patients who are a bit older and have loose drooping facial skin.
In the end, Dr. Rad’s full spectrum of procedures will leave patients looking more refreshed and years younger. Dr. Rad will discuss your aesthetic goals and will guide you to the most optimal facelift procedure to achieve them.

HOW MUCH IS A MINI-FACELIFT?

All included, a mini-facelift under Dr. Rad’s care ranges from $10,500 to $15,500 depending on the degree of improvement and extent of surgical care. As with most high level services, cost depends on the quality of results and care delivered by the plastic surgeon. Corrective work can be much more expensive and therefore surgery must be done correctly from the start.


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WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY CONSULTATION WITH DR. RAD?

Our plastic surgery office in Washington DC is centered on your comfort and privacy. You’ll be received by our exquisitely attentive staff, and escorted to your own private cabana wherein you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable while consulting discreetly with Dr. Rad. First Dr. Rad will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery and during your consultation you should decide if Dr. Rad is the right surgeon for you. Credentials are crucial and, in addition to being Board certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Rad is Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, and he enjoys an impeccable reputation as a top flight aesthetic surgeon. His facial plastic surgery expertise is sought out as one of the best surgeons in Washington DC, northern Virginia and the US.

Your safety is Dr. Rad's primary concern and he will review your medical history. You should inform Dr. Rad of any medical problems or medications that may affect your healing. If you are medically appropriate to undergo surgery then Dr. Rad's focus will be to understand what specific aesthetic concerns you have. Washington DC patients expect natural results with minimal downtime. Dr. Rad will spend time carefully listening to your concerns, asking clarifying questions and then masterfully guiding you, step by step, to understand how your unique anatomy can be improved to convey a rested appearance. Dr. Rad’s goal is to determine the most comprehensive approach for long lasting, natural results while minimizing downtime. Dr. Rad first needs to understand your specific concerns and you should prepare your thoughts prior to your consultation. Think of words that convey how you feel about your appearance. For example, Washington DC patients often say they look fatigued, tired or lackluster because of undereye bags or dark undereye circles, or they look sad, upset or disinterested such as from heavy eyebrows, excess skin above the eyes or downturned corners of the mouth. Patients often relate concerns of looking older than how they feel and this can be caused by jowls, nasolabial folds, loose neck skin, lines and wrinkles. Try to put into words how your appearance bothers you, and the priority you give to each area. Dr. Rad will then present to you his expert opinion about which procedures would be best to restore your anatomy to create a rested and refreshed appearance. And since surgery is intricate Dr. Rad will guide you through a stepwise approach of aesthetic analysis and he’ll deliver his recommendations in a clear and honest manner. Dr. Rad will present all options available in modern day surgery, both non-surgical and surgical.

Dr. Rad and Board certified dermatologist Dr. Sherber often collaborate to optimize patients’ results and to minimize invasiveness. As such Dr. Rad’s modern approach to surgery harnesses the power of both dermatology and plastic surgery as both specialities address different aesthetic challenges. For example, plastic surgery is effective to lift, tighten and volumize loose, atrophied tissues, whereas dermatologic treatments such as laser, radiofrequency tightening and skincare are best to improve skin texture, pigmentation and tone. Dr. Rad can address any concerns regarding skin quality and how to obtain and maintain optimal results.

Dr. Rad will review with you photos of his patients’ results (many of which you’ll not find online due to privacy concerns) to highlight his aesthetic approaches and skill. He will take your photographs, which remain confidential, to assist with the planning of your surgery. For your safety Dr. Rad performs surgery in a hospital-based operating room, considered to be the safest environment, rather than in the office. Anesthesia is delivered by a board certified anesthesiologist (MD) and you’ll be under light anesthesia which is important for your safety and comfort.

You will receive a customized quote for the procedures in which you’re interested. Once approved we may then move forward with pre-operative preparations and you will meet with Dr. Rad again at your final in person consultation prior to surgery. Dr. Rad’s reputation as one of the most technically gifted surgeons attracts patients nationally and from around the world. We cater to patients from across the globe by arranging virtual consultations, luxury accommodations at The Jefferson hotel, Washington DC’s most luxurious 5 star boutique hotel, as well as private nursing care. Your privacy, comfort and safely achieving exceptional results are our top priorities.

What are Dr. Rad’s patients saying?

“Dr. Rad is the reason I chose to do the facelift. He had already restored my confidence after a very long previous battle with another surgeon fraught with a very challenging correction. The facelift was a reward that I gave myself and concluded my journey on a high note. I am honored to share any information with you on your journey.”

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About your Washington DC surgeon

Dr. Rad’s credentials, results and patient reviews speak for themselves. Princeton (magna cum laude) and Duke University educated, Dr. Rad is a Johns Hopkins trained board certified plastic surgeon and Assistant Professor of plastic surgery there. Dr. Rad has performed thousands of aesthetic facial surgeries and he specializes in minimally invasive, scarless approaches featuring minimal downtime. He is ranked in the top 3 plastic surgeons in DC, has the highest patient ratings across all doctor review websites and has been an invited expert in international conferences teaching his techniques to surgeons from around the world. Dr. Rad’s patients seek to look refreshed and rested with natural results, minimal scars and the least downtime. He has innovated scarless techniques due to his patients’ needs for discretion and hidden evidence of surgery. Dr. Rad has membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Through rigorous written and oral examinations, these national societies have vetted Dr. Rad’s education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct as having met the highest standards in the world.

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What is the cost of facelift surgery in DC?

In Dr. Rad’s DC practice, the cost for aesthetic procedures for in-office procedures range from $1,000 for non-surgical (injectables) treatments, $3,000 to $5,000 for eyelid rejuvenation, $9,000 to $18,000 for face and neck lifts, $8,000 to $11,000 for rhinoplasty, and $18,000 to $30,000 for corrective work or extensive total facial rejuvenation. Keep in mind these are approximate ranges and total cost depends on multiple factors: your unique anatomy, goals, complexity of the procedures, recommended techniques, whether corrective work is needed, in-office or hospital-based operating facility, and combining multiple procedures (increasing concessions apply for multiple procedures).

Although you may receive varying cost estimates from other practices, keep in mind that your surgeon’s education and training, plastic surgery board certification, his/her experience (at least 8 years of experience after residency is recommended), and the “X” factor of aesthetic artistry and surgical skill (i.e., talent) of your surgeon are important factors in pricing. Dr. Rad’s goal for every patient is to achieve nuanced and natural results with minimal recovery, and we have mechanisms in place to bring your goals in financial reach.

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