You have probably heard of weight loss medicines like Ozempic and might already be using one of them yourself. Ozempic went from primarily being used as diabetes medicine to a blockbuster weight loss drug in a very short period of time. It is used by men and women of all ages eager to shed some pounds. As exciting as weight loss is, it sometimes comes with an unexpected change in facial appearance,  now often called “Ozempic face”. It commonly includes some volume loss, fine wrinkles and sagging skin, all due to loss of subcutaneous fat.  It is not that Ozempic does anything to the face, it simply happens with any kind of significant weight loss.

Whether it’s fillers, fat grafting, skin tightening or a facelift, there are options to help you feel like yourself again. One such option is Dr. Khattab’s mini facelift.

Our mini facelift is a procedure for lifting mild sagging of the face and is simply a lighter version of the full-size lift. It requires a shorter incision around the ears and much less recovery than a traditional one.

It’s best suited for those with mild laxity but not significant jowling and not any significant sagging in the neck which would require a full neck lift.

Some patients’ weight loss affects their face significantly while others only have minor changes. Every patient is evaluated in person and the procedure is planned and fine-tuned to each person to provide natural looking smoothing of the lines.

Mini facelift does not address the eyes and brows but can be combined with eyelid lift and a brow lift. Some patients also add neck liposuction to help define the chin.

Please be aware that what we do is not a thread lift, the non-surgical procedure that is sometimes mistaken for the mini facelift. Our results provide facial enhancement with much greater longevity.

Are there risks to mini facelift? There’s always a risk of infection and bleeding with surgery and there is a scar. In the case of the mini facelift, those might be at the earlobe, behind the ear, and into the hairline and we make these as undetectable as possible.

The recovery period for a mini facelift is typically shorter than it is for a full facelift, about a week, although many people are back to work in the next day or two.  That’s because the incision is smaller, less deep tissue is repositioned, less skin is re-draped and less excess skin is removed.  We rarely prescribe pain meds for aftercare as most patients do well with Tylenol for two to three days. In about two weeks, almost all of the swelling is gone and you can go about all your usual activities.