A mini face lift, or short scar facelift, is the most common facelift procedure performed today, and is designed to remove the visible signs of aging in the lower face and neck region. Typically, the surgical facelift is generall cosmetic, rather than a reconstructive surgery. This procedure in known by a number of names, such as the mini lift , limited incision facelift, short scar face lift, s-lift or baby boomer lift. Patients in their forties and fifties are the top candidates for this procedure who are seeking a moderate enhancement without the need for a full facelift. This is an appropriate alternative aesthetic procedure for patients with signs of lower face aging such as sagging jowls, drooping skin in the chin and area beneath and excess skin around the lower region of the face. Using short incisions around the ears this procedure restores and defines the chin by trimming excess tissue and skillfully tightening the remaining skin creating a refreshed look. Dr. Sheffield is a highly skilled plastic surgeon who can create a more your youthful appearance which can enhance the patient‘s natural beauty and boost self-confidence.


This cosmetic procedure does not stop the aging process. However, it can improve the aesthetic concerns. The surgery can be performed by itself or in tandem with other procedures such as a brow lift, upper blepharoplasty or platysmaplasty. Dr. Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who exclusively offers the mini-facelift under localized anesthesia in Santa Barbara, CA and surrounding cities. Those who are considering face-lift and other procedures should consult with their Santa Barbara plastic surgeon to determine which procedure is right for you.

Mini Facelift (Short Scar) Before and After

Any surgical procedure comes with a certain amount of risk. When a board-certified plastic surgeon is chosen, these complications tend to be minor. Every individual is going to have a different reaction and the process is not always predictable. By adhering the physician’s instructions strictly, the risk level is reduced significantly.

To find out if the rejuvenation of the face and facelift procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Sheffield at (805) 318-3280 to discuss a customized treatment plan.


The mini face lift under localized anesthesia is a plastic surgery procedure customized for each individual patient. Dr. Sheffield evaluates the skin, face and underlying bone structure during the initial consultation. He will also speak with patients regarding their surgical goals and ultimately set the correct expectations.

Medical conditions that could lead to complications during or after surgery are discussed as well. Patients who have blood clotting problems, high blood pressure, and excessive scarring must tell their surgeon about these issues. Medications and drug use also need to be spoken about in an open forum because of their potential effect on the procedure.

Dr. Sheffield will explain his plastic surgery facelift Santa Barbara procedure techniques to the patient and lets them know about the type of anesthesia he will use. The location and type of facility is also covered. The costs and risks involved are also discussed. This is the perfect time to ask any questions about the procedure as well.

Here are the visible signs of aging that may say it’s time for a short scar face lift procedure:

  • Nasolabial folds, jowls or marionette lines are present
  • There is an appearance of a double chin with excess fat
  • There are deep creases and lines near and around your eyes and forehead
  • You have a saggy or “turkey” neck
  • There is loss of volume and a hollowness in the cheek region
  • Your jawline is lacking the definition you want
  • The disappearance of volume in the features around the mouth
  • When dermal fillers, Botox or liquid facelift are not as effective at enhancing the facial appearance


Minimal Scarring

Small incisions are made along the hairline and face which can easily be concealed.

Faster Recovery

Compared to a full facelift surgery, the mini lift procedure generally results with a decreased amount of swelling, bruising and soreness.

Moderate Surgery

This aesthetic surgery addresses the sagging skin and jowls of the lower one-third of the face and below the chin region. The procedure will create a refreshed look of the natural features relative to the degree of the laxity of the facial skin. jowl and existing wrinkles. A tandem neck lift surgery or neck liposuction may also be considered.

Boost Confidence

Restoring a more youthful appearance will restore a feeling of confidence which ultimately can increase the quality of life.

Faster Procedure

More often than not the mini face lift surgery can be completed in just three hours.

Local Anesthesia

By performing a mini-face lift under localized anesthesia, it allows the patient to remain awake during surgery with experiencing any pain. This avoids the unnecessary risks of general anesthesia and will lead to a quicker recovery.

Mini Facelift (Short Scar) Before and After



Dr. Sheffield will give you specific guidelines to prepare for the mini lift santa barbara under localized anesthesia procedure. Smoking, drinking, eating and medication schedules are given at this time. The surgery will go more smoothly if these instructions are followed. Smokers must stop at least one to weeks before the procedure so that blood flow to the skin is not inhibited and incision areas can heal.

Patients will typically need a ride home after the procedure whether it is performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis. They may also need their friend or loved one to assist them around the house for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure is complete.


Facial aging is a varied process and is heavily influenced by ethnicity and sun exposure. There is bone resorption as well which helps contribute to the presence of jowls, cheek folds and facial lines. Additionally, there is loss of volume in the lower and mid-face. Surgical procedures have focused on these corrections by re-positioning the soft tissues to a more youthful position. There have been many described procedures which address these issues most of which require general anesthesia. Often times these procedures require extensive undermining of the tissues.


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As a consequence, this more bruising and a longer recovery time. The goal is to lift both the mid and lower facial soft tissue. Together a harmonious balance is obtained as each person ages. However, if the mid-face is not lifted in harmony with the lower face an operated look can appear later as the mid-face settles down over a tight lower face. This is called the lateral sweep.

After years of face-lifting experience Dr. Sheffield has developed a way of performing a Santa Barbara facelift effectively under anesthesia. The procedure is performed with oral sedation. The focus is a harmonious lift of the soft tissues. This is aided also by lifting the immediate layer beneath the skin known as the SMAS.

No surgical drains are needed. Recovery time is reduced dramatically with this technique. Patients are able to return to normal activities within a week.


The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in the office or our state of the art surgery center, but there will be patients who would need to remain hospitalized for 24 hours if typical anesthesia is used. Patients with high blood pressure and diabetes will be monitored post-surgery and a brief outpatient stay is often required.

Mini Facelift (Short Scar) Before and After


This facial rejuvenation procedure includes a total re-positioning of the face. Any area of the face previously discussed that shows signs of aging is surgically enhanced. The incision is only half the length of typical facelift incisions and behind the ear incisions are eliminated. The bruising and recovery that takes place after this style of operation is usually minor when compared to rhytidectomy recovery.

Each surgeon has their own approach to this surgery. The placement of each incision and the exact sequence of events depends on your surgeon‘s chosen technique and the patient‘s facial structure.

Surgeons separate skin from the muscle and fat beneath the skin. Fat around and below the chin is suctioned away for an improved contour. The underlying membrane and muscle are tightened, the skin is pulled back and excess skin is removed. The layers of tissue are secured with stitches and the incisions are closed. Some patients require metal clips on the scalp.

After surgery, a small tube may be needed in order to drain blood that has collected under the skin behind the ear. The head may be loosely wrapped to keep swelling and bruising down.


Discomfort after the cosmetic procedure is minimal. Pain medication will be prescribed by Dr. Sheffield to patients who need assistance. Any persistent or severe pain needs to be reported immediately. Skin numbness is normal and tends to go away within weeks or months.

The head may need to remain elevated and still after the surgery is complete, so that swelling is minimized. Drainage tapes are removed within 24 to 48 hours. If bandages are used, they are removed within one to five days. The face will be puffy and bruised and this is a normal part of the process.

The majority of the stitches are taken out within one week. The scalp could take longer to heal. Metal clips or stitches in the hairline may need to stay in a few extra days.


Patients are up and about within 24 to 48 hours but should plan to take it easy for seven days after surgery. Treat the hair and face gently. The skin is going to be tender and may not respond in the same way initially.

Specific guidelines are provided by the surgeon so that the patient can resume typical activities. Strenuous activity needs to be avoided for the first two weeks, but mild stretching and walking are permitted. Saunas, steam baths and alcohol must be avoided for several months. Be sure to rest so that the body can focus on healing.

The average person returns to work within two weeks of the surgery. Specialized camouflage makeup is available if patients are in need.


The mini face lift Santa Barbara procedure does not stop the aging process and each person will age in the same manner that they are accustomed to. As a result, the procedure may need to be repeated after a few years or the patient may consider a full facelift.


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This surgery is also known by a wide range of different names. Some patients may know it as the weekend lift and others may call it the S-lift, among others. The procedure is designed to receive the rejuvenation that they need when it comes to their lower face and neck. A patient who is currently experiencing signs of aging that are not severe enough to require a traditional facelift is the ideal candidate for the procedure.
Men and women who are otherwise healthy and wish to remove all of the loose skin around the neck and their saggy jowls will typically seek out the mini face lift Santa Barbara. This is especially true for those who are not experiencing extensive signs of aging and are looking for a procedure with want to get rid of their saggy jowls as well any loose skin along the upper neck and lower face. This is the best procedure for patients who do not require a serious level of assistance.
The rhytidectomy tends to be more extensive than its shorter counterpart. If one is experiencing significant signs of aging in the neck and lower face area, the procedure may not provide the necessary results. For example, a patient that needs assistance with any extensive platysmal banding that is taking place in the anterior neck may need a rhytidectomy procedure instead. The weekend lift will improve the upper neck and the lower half of the face. The appearance of the patient‘s brow, eyes and midface are able to be rejuvenated with other procedures. Brow lifts, endoscopic midface lifts, and eye lifts are used in these instances.
The typical procedure can be handled under local anesthesia with the usage of lidocaine and oral sedation. The majority of patients may need a form of oral sedation beforehand so that they can achieve a maximum level of comfort. This is not required, though.
The surgery can be taken care in an office facility or in a surgical facility that is properly qualified to handle it.
The time that the procedure takes will depend on the unique facial and aesthetic concerns of each person. In most instances, the procedure will be finished within two to three hours.
The average person reports feelings of discomfort, as opposed to pain. Patients are given prescription narcotic pain medication after the procedure and many of them do not feel compelled to use it at all.
Short scar incisions are not that much different from the incisions that take place during a traditional facelift. The temporal tuft of hair is where the incision begins before wrapping around the ear’s natural curves and continuing into the hairline located behind the ear. The incisions are made in a manner that allows them to fall naturally between two separate facial components and they are easy to conceal.
Patients will look presentable within a week of the procedure taking place. Bruising and swelling that may have taken place is able to be covered by camouflage makeup at this point in time. The majority of sutures are able to be removed within the first seven days post-surgery. In order to keep scarring at a minimum, surgical taping is often used after the stitches are removed. The hair covers up the incisions and the scars will be hidden away from public view.

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Interested to know about your mini lift (short scar) under local anesthesia options? Whether you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon that specializes in facial procedures. Contact our plastic surgery center today. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a boardcertified plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities. Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation , call 805.318.3280 today.


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