P. Craig Hobar, MD
4633 N. Central Expy, Suite 200, Dallas TX 75205 |214-739-5600

Mini Facelift


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A clean, smooth jawline is an attractive asset to any face. When you have aging in that area that is out of balance with the rest of your face, the jawline is less defined behind sagging skin and tissue called jowls. Many people are genetically predisposed to have prominent, droopy jowls as they age.


There is not a medically equivalent term for a mini facelift. However, in patients who really do not require a full facelift (a surgery that addresses the lower face and neck) because their neck is in good condition, we refer to the procedure as a mini facelift. In this procedure, Dr. Hobar focuses on the lower portion of the face. The most tangible results are seen along the jawline and the lower cheek area, where patients can be plagued with jowls. By meticulously tightening and supporting the underlying muscles and connective tissues in this area, he is able to accomplish a natural result that is in sync with the rest of your face. When the supporting structures of the face are tightened, the skin is tightened naturally and doesn’t look pulled or unnatural. Most people will notice that you look great, but not be able to pinpoint why.

The term “mini facelift” is one that has been misused by some doctors to promote their short-term, gimmicky solutions to a real problem. Any surgeon that advocates the use of strings to pull up your face or implies that you can fully heal in a weekend is one to fully investigate before you proceed with caution. These short-cut solutions may even end up exacerbating the problem in the long run by creating unsightly scar tissue that can be challenging to remedy. Before you agree to a mini facelift, understand completely what you are signing up for.


Dr. Hobar has considerable experience in facial cosmetic surgery and is known for a dramatic but totally natural result.

After 19 years of experience at his private practice in Dallas, Dr. Hobar is very comfortable with fine-tuning and creating a highly individualized surgical plan for each patient. No two faces are the same and yet, many doctors elect to use a cookie-cutter approach to problem solving. According to Dr. Hobar, “your result should be subtle and natural and enhance your beauty rather than be some trademark look of your doctor.”


Most importantly, it is essential that you be in good physical health. Mini facelift surgery is very safe and effective when the patient is in sound physical condition. It is important to disclose all of your current and past health conditions as well as any prescribed or over the counter medications or supplements you take. After a careful review of this information, Dr. Hobar might suggest certain preoperative tests to ensure that you are a good surgical candidate.


Dr. Hobar performs most of his cosmetic surgery in the accredited Dallas Day Surgery Center. With the latest, cutting-edge equipment and a fully trained staff specializing in cosmetic surgery, this is an ideal place for his patients. The procedure is usually scheduled for roughly two hours which enables Dr. Hobar to work in a focused and precise manner. You are put to sleep under general anesthesia by a well trained anesthetist (CRNA) or anesthesiologist. General anesthesia ensures a very well controlled, safe surgical experience. After surgery, you are taken to the recovery room where you are closely monitored as you awaken from anesthesia. You have the option of going home or staying the night at The Cloister, a luxurious hotel attached to the Dallas Day Surgery Center where you can recuperate in a relaxing environment with 24 hour nursing care.


During surgery, Dr. Hobar makes incisions around each ear. These are hidden in the hairline and folds of the ear and are not noticeable after a few weeks into the healing process. Once these incisions are made, Dr. Hobar meticulously works to tighten and reposition the underlying structures of the face, the connective tissue and muscles, which have become lax over time. Any excess skin is removed during this procedure after the underlying support structures are tightened and strengthened. The skin then redrapes to create a natural and long-lasting result.


After surgery, you will have a bandage around your face for your comfort. The next morning, this is removed by Dr. Hobar or one of his staff. Most people experience bruising and swelling, but the degree varies from patient to patient. Patients find that 5 to 7 days after surgery, their swelling and bruising has subsided enough to enable them to resume activities with moderate levels of interaction, such as grocery shopping and other errands. Keep in mind that the healing process is just that – a process. It is not uncommon at the one week appointment for suture removal for some patients to have very little bruising or swelling, while others have more swelling. Be patient with yourself and this process. While it is imperative to be active, eat well and get plenty of rest, it is true that people heal at different paces.

Most patients’ experiences with a mini facelift are not markedly painful. Instead, they primarily feel mild discomfort and tightness. Medication includes pain medicine, antibiotics and usually medicine to help with the swelling. Some patients benefit from the pain medicine, others prefer plain tylenol. The recovery process should not inhibit people from moving, eating and maintaining a light activity level during the recovery process. Dr. Hobar will usually encourage you to begin light exercise a week after surgery and resume full activity within a couple of weeks.


While we provide our patients with an opportunity to look through before and after photos of actual mini facelift patients during their consultation with Dr. Hobar, we urge our visitors to view our interactive before and after photo gallery while visiting our website. If you have any questions about mini facelift surgery please send us your questions or call our Dallas office directly at (214) 823-8423.

If all of your questions have been answered and you feel confident about taking the next step towards a successful mini facelift surgery you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Hobar today!


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