What it is:
The mini facelift, or mini-lift, is a less invasive facelift technique that improves the signs of aging in the neck, lower face and jowls. There are different techniques that may be used, allowing the procedure to be customized to address the patient’s particular problems. Skin laxity in the neck, jowls and jaw line can all be improved, restoring a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance, with little downtime.
It is important to trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon, and Dr. Wise’s credentials are unmatched. He is one of only a handful of international surgeons that is a double board- certified Facial Plastic Surgeon. His background in Head and Neck Surgery and specialized training in Facial Plastic Surgery give him a unique knowledge of the face and its underlying structures. With a practice that focuses exclusively on performing plastic surgery of the face, head and neck, Dr. Wise leverages his depth of skill into a breadth of beautifying options to achieve the ultimate you.
Dr. Wise graduated with honors from Yale University. He obtained his medical degree from the Cornell University School of Medicine, and he served his internship in General Surgery and residency in Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He graduated with the department’s highest award for research and innovation in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Wise served as a fellow at the New York University School of Medicine and the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital.
Dr. Wise now shares his expertise at New York University School of Medicine, where he is a Clinical Professor of Facial Plastic Surgery. He is also a fellow of the prestigious American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Wise has extensive experience in this specialty, having successfully performed over 5,000 facial and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. He is dedicated to performing each procedure with the specific intent of bringing out a patient’s individual beauty. His artistry, compassion, and exceptional skills have earned him notable recognition as one of America’s Top Physicians by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.
Where it helps:
If you are seeking an improvement in the appearance of loose facial and neck skin, then the mini facelift may be a good option for you. Dr. Wise is happy to meet with you at his Wayne, New Jersey center for a thoughtful consultation to discuss the possibilities available to you through cosmetic surgery and whether or not the mini facelift can best address your needs.
What it entails:
The exact nature of the mini facelift will vary for each patient, but in general the facial muscles may be altered, excess skin removed, and the skin re-draped. Patients can expect the surgery to be shorter in duration than a traditional facelift.
What to expect:
Dr. Wise’s patients find his before and after pictures to be helpful, and he will show you many. However, the best prediction for your outcome will be determined during your personal consultation..
During this visit, Dr. Wise will utilize the VECTRA 3-D, an advanced imaging system that allows you to visualize the possible outcome of certain facial cosmetic procedures. Dr. Wise is able to use a 3-D simulation of your face to demonstrate facial procedures, from any angle or at any distance.
Procedures are done at our fully accredited surgery center located in the Wise Center for Plastic Surgery. Patients can expect the surgery to be shorter in duration than a traditional facelift. The mini facelift is commonly performed with local anesthesia and sedation. General anesthesia is rarely used.
After the mini facelift, the recovery is less extensive than after a traditional facelift and does not generate excessive pain. Bruising and swelling are decreased, but can still be expected. You will mainly experience a sensation of tightness in your skin, which comes from swelling. Discomfort is well controlled with medications, which we will prescribe.
Most mini facelift patients find that they are well enough to return to work after about one week, though you will be advised to refrain from rigorous activities for a longer period of time.
Incisions made for the surgery are generally fewer and less extensive than with a traditional facelift and are typically located along the hairline and/or near the ears, allowing for almost no visibility.
See What Dr. Wise’s patients are saying about his Mini-lifts . . .
I made an appointment to see Dr. Wise because even though I felt energetic, when I looked in the mirror I felt old and tired and saw an aging face. We decided on an upper blepharoplasty and the mini-lift. Dr. Wise was very patient and understanding, answering all my questions concerning the procedure. His staff is professional, friendly and courteous. My recovery period took a little time, but within two to three weeks, I was back to work and shopping and driving. I have more energy as I look much younger and refreshed. No more turkey neck that aged me so much.
Patient from Bloomfield, NJ
I was always looking drawn & tired, no matter how well I applied makeup my look never had that cheerful look I was known for most of my life. Now people say I look great, happy, rested and vibrant. Nobody has asked if I had any kind of procedure. What a blessing this has been in my life. Dr. Wise & staff from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
Patient from Wanaque, NJ
Dr. Wise is amazing! His office is totally state of the art and his staff will help you with ANYTHING! The Doctor even gives you his cell number after surgery just in case something goes wrong. Love him and he will always be my Doc!
Patient from Woodland Park, NJ