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Mini Facelift Houston

Dr. Wu is a Houston-based board-certified plastic surgeon renowned for her personalized approach to facial rejuvenation. As one of the top-trained and most experienced facelift plastic surgeons in the region, Dr. Wu has helped countless men and women achieve their aesthetic dreams through a variety of facial rejuvenation techniques. With each treatment, she prioritizes natural-looking results tailored for busy professionals. Dr. Wu at Revel You Facial Plastic Surgery also utilizes advanced techniques, such as local anesthesia with IV sedation for mini facelifts, and an individualized approach to ensure an exemplary plastic surgery experience for all her patients.

Before & After Photos (Look and Feel 100% You)

Commanding Results for the Discerning Professional

Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift

Age: 35-40

Short Scar Deep Plane Facelift, Facial Fat Transfer

Age: 50-55

Mini Facelift, Temporal Brow Lift, Lower Blepharoplasty

Age: 40-45


Dr. Wu’s calm nature and careful precision as a plastic surgeon have made her a favorite among patients. As part of your consultation, Dr. Wu takes the time to thoroughly assess your unique experiences and needs. The decision to have a facial procedure is one of the most personal decisions you will make, so you need a plan that includes just the right level of correction to meet your facial rejuvenation goals.

Dr. Wu is a champion of healthy beauty. In order to naturally enhance your appearance, Dr. Wu does not promote the use of synthetic injectable fillers or muscle paralyzing toxins. You can rest assured knowing that your plastic surgeon is committed to helping you maintain your long-term natural facial health and beauty.

Patient Testimonials

  • I am so happy with the final results of my face/brow lift, and facial fat injections in my cheeks. I am especially pleased with how great a job Dr. Wu... read more

    Laura Werchan Avatar Laura Werchan
    March 15, 2023

    I had the best experience at Revel You! Joanna has been so helpful, and supportive through the entire process. I went to consultations at several local facilities before deciding to... read more

    Gabrielle Escamilla Avatar Gabrielle Escamilla
    March 15, 2023
  • I had a mini facelift. Dr. Wu is very professional while being personable and attentive, spends the time to talk with you about the process. I'm very pleased... read more

    Stacy Avatar Stacy
    March 15, 2022

    I had facial rejuvenation surgery with Dr. Wu less than 2 weeks ago and I am thrilled with the results I am seeing. There is definitely a process that... read more

    Lisa Snell Avatar Lisa Snell
    March 15, 2023
  • Dr. Wu and her team are incredible professionals and wonderful, warm people. I had contacted several plastic surgeons and chose Dr. Wu because of the technique she uses, internet searches... read more

    Lena G Avatar Lena G
    March 15, 2023

    Dr Wu exceeded all of my expectations! I was a bit skeptical about having surgery on my neck and face-especially someone who I didn't know. But I was referred to... read more

    Marianne Cash Avatar Marianne Cash
    January 15, 2024
  • Posting this review on behalf of my wife: "After researching many plastic surgeons who specialize in deep plane facelifts, as well as learning more about the procedure itself, I... read more

    Lone Ranger Avatar Lone Ranger
    August 15, 2023

    Dr. Wu and her staff are excellent. My face and neck lift is perfect. If anyone is considering undergoing any of the procedures she offers, make an appointment!... read more

    Renee Harrington Avatar Renee Harrington
    March 15, 2023
  • After an exhaustive search for a plastic surgeon with expertise in deep place facelift I decided to schedule an initial consultation with Dr Wu from Revel You Plastic Surgery in... read more

    Maria Camarena Avatar Maria Camarena
    August 15, 2023

    Dr. Wu… the best of the best!

    Ida De La Garza Avatar Ida De La Garza
    December 15, 2023

What is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift is a plastic surgery to lift your jowls, redefine your jawline, tighten your neck skin, and restore youthful facial contours. It is often also referred to as an S-lift, MACS lift, short incision facelift / short scar facelift, or limited incision facelift. This technique involves making camouflaged incisions around your ear lobes, behind your ears, and into your hairline. This allows the removal of excess skin and lifts and reshapes your lower face and neck soft tissue to achieve a contoured jawline. Since incisions are small and strategically concealed during healing, the recovery time can be shortened significantly, especially if it’s done under local anesthesia with IV sedation administered by an Anesthesiologist. For suitable candidates, a mini facelift can accomplish many of the same goals as a traditional facelift.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Mini Facelift?

  • Feel self-conscious about your sagging lower face and neck skin.
  • Are in your 30s and 40s with early signs of aging.
  • Have youthful cheeks with minimal drooping.
  • Are in generally good physical and mental health.
  • Don’t have underlying medical conditions that prevent optimal wound healing or recovery.
  • Don’t smoke or are willing to stop smoking several months before and after the surgery.
  • Have realistic expectations.

What Areas Can a Mini Facelift Address?

  • Jowling from the downward pull of gravity and the sagging of facial muscles from aging, which also results in definition loss of your jawline.
  • Marionette lines at the corner of the mouth that have become more prominent or visible.
  • Loose skin under the chin or turkey neck.
  • Vertical neck bands.
  • Also an attractive option for women who wish to subtly feminize their beauty and have a more youthful appearance.

How is a Mini Facelift Done

A mini rhytidectomy is an outpatient procedure performed by Dr. Wu in an in-office setting or accredited surgical facility. Incisions are made after an anesthetic is administered, and the appropriate amount of lower face and neck skin is gently dissected from around the ears. Unlike a full facelift, a mini facelift focuses more on tightening the superficial tissues and muscles. The surgeon may tighten the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer to provide a lifted and smoother appearance. The tightened skin is then carefully redraped over the rejuvenated facial framework. Any excess skin is meticulously trimmed away to achieve a natural, youthful look. Incisions are then closed with sutures or skin adhesives, and dressings are applied. The surgery typically takes anywhere from one to one and a half hours to complete.

Facial Fat Grafting

Facial fat transfer is a complementary procedure if you have facial hollows and a gaunt appearance due to the loss of volume from your cheeks and jawline. In this case, your own live fat cells are collected from another part of your body (such as the abdomen) and strategically transferred to volumize your facial tissues.


A mini facelift may include chin/neck liposuction. A small tube-like device, called a cannula, is used to remove unwanted pockets of fat, such as the double chin. The cannula suctions away the unwanted fat cells, making your chin and jawline look more contoured

Dr. Wu's Unique Approach

The Mini Facelift procedure is an excellent choice for patients who wish to address common signs of aging, such as drooping skin and wrinkles on the face and neck, without undergoing more invasive traditional facelift procedures or short-lasting treatments, such as anti-wrinkle injections. 

Mini facelifts performed by Dr. Chaowen Wu always appear natural without having a pulled or stretched appearance. We also offer a variety of other procedures, including the Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift, Facial Fat Transfer, Eyelid Surgery, and Brow Lift, as well as the Ponytail Facelift and SMAS Facelift.

With Dr. Wu, you also have the option of having a mini facelift plastic surgical procedure performed awake under local anesthesia or twilight sedation with IV sedation, which generally results in a more pleasant and relaxing experience for you, along with a faster recovery time.  

It can also be an excellent cosmetic procedure for patients who are experiencing what is commonly known as “filler fatigue” or “laser fatigue,” which often occurs in patients in their 30s and 40s have been using injectable fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, lasers, and facial tightening devices to keep themselves looking young and rejuvenated.

Why Choose Your Facelift Under Local Anesthesia With IV Sedation

  • Decreased risk of bleeding during surgery
  • Decreased risk of nausea and vomiting after surgery
  • Avoid systemic side effects of general anesthesia that may make you feel groggy and uncomfortable after surgery
  • Overall faster recovery compared to general anesthesia

How is a Deep Facelift Done Under Local Anesthesia With IV Sedation?

Dr. Wu will prescribe an oral anti-anxiety medication for you to take the morning of surgery should you feel nervous. Once you begin experiencing the calming effect, your face skin will be numbed using local anesthesia with IV sedation to keep you comfortable. After IV sedation is administerd from a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, you will not feel any pain. In fact, most patients fall asleep during the procedure, as it can even be quite a pleasant and relaxing experience.

If you are interested in having your facial rejuvenation procedures done under local anesthesia with IV sedation, make sure to mention it on the day of your consultation to determine whether it is the right choice for you!

Dr. Wu's Facial Procedures

Dr. Chaowen Wu specializes in multiple other facial plastic surgery procedures to suit the needs of different patients:

Full Facelift

Because your face represents you to the world, a facelift may be the most intimate procedure you have ever considered. The goal of facelift surgery is to tighten the facial skin by removing excessive skin from the face due to age, hereditary factors, or weight loss. Learn how Dr. Wu can preserve all of your defining features with a gentle facelift.

Mini Facelift

If you are bothered by signs of aging in your lower face including jowls, marionette lines, and general loss of definition in your jawline, the mini facelift can provide the solution to these problem areas. The incisions are kept in natural creases to keep them concealed.

Neck Lift

A neck lift is the most powerful way to treat advanced neck aging including horizontal wrinkles, vertical neck bands, loose neck muscle and loose skin that form the dreaded “turkey wattle.” It is often combined with a facelift procedure to achieve harmonious rejuvenation as it uses the same incision around the ears.

Facial Fat Transfer

Facial volume is lost over time and can be restored to your youthful self using your own fat. Facial fat transfer heals without scars and provides a natural, soft, and lasting alternative to fillers. This is a great way to rejuvenate the eyes, cheeks, and even lips with minimal down time.

Eyelid Lift

Aging of the eyelids can appear as eyelid hooding, hollowing, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and just general tired appearance. Eyelid surgery can remove excess skin and reposition the fat to reawaken tired eyes.

Brow lift

Your eyebrows frame your eyes and with age may start drooping. This can lead to the appearance of looking sad, tired, or angry. A brow lift restores the eyebrows to a youthful position which can help you look rested and relaxed.


Aging of the eyelids can appear as eyelid hooding, hollowing, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and just general tired appearance. Eyelid surgery can remove excess skin and reposition the fat to reawaken tired eyes.


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What Is Done In A Mini Facelift?

  • Your neck may be contoured by removing excess fat with  liposuction.
  • Strategic incisions area made in the creases and shadows around your ears and hairline and loose face and neck muscles are lifted and tightened.
  • Excess skin is removed and the incisions are carefully sutured.
  • Your lower face volume is restored with strategic fat transfer to redefine the chin and jawline if needed.

How long does the mini facelift last?

It can last 10 years or longer if patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. Other cosmetic surgery facial procedures such as the Deep Plane Facelifts can later be done to rejuvenate the entire face at a later time.

Who is the best candidate for a Mini Facelift?

You will see the biggest impact from a mini facelift if you notice early signs of facial sagging, such as jowls and loose neck skin. Typically, beauties in their 30s and 40s with healthy skin may see excellent refreshed results. Rather than looking at an individual’s age, we consider their overall health and treatment goals.

Is a mini facelift worth it?

Mini facelifts in the lower half of the face are considered effective for correcting sagging skin. Depending on your overall goals, you may consider additional surgical procedures to refresh, such as an eye lift.

What is the downtime for a mini facelift?

Typically, a mini facelift requires no more than a week of downtime. It is possible for patients to schedule their surgery for a Friday and return to work and daily activities the following Monday. Similar to traditional facelifts, the sutures may be removed in approximately five days following the procedure.

How much does a mini facelift procedure cost?

Due to the shorter duration of this procedure which can be done comfortably under awake local anesthesia, mini facelifts can be less expensive in terms of surgeon fees and facility costs. The overall cost is therefore often less than traditional facial rejuvenation procedures.


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