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Facelift Early aging of the face and neck can be extremely frustrating. Even in healthy and fit women, changes can be seen in the jowl region, under the chin, and even in the neck. The hardest part of these changes is that frequently patients do not feel as old as they look – they are in their prime, advancing in their careers, and have energy and passion, but people still overlook them or ask them if they’re tired or not feeling well. Dr. Ransom can address all of these concerns with minimal-downtime techniques, including non-surgical treatments and minimially-invasive procedures. Among your options is a mini-facelift or mini-lift.

A mini-facelift is a short-incision type facelift (“S-lift“), and is a surgical procedure designed to release and reposition the soft tissues of the face and neck. This type of limited facelift is appropriate for early aging changes and has a faster recovery than a more complete or full facelift. It can be paired easily with liposuction of the neck and under-chin areas as needed. The combined effect of this procedure is a natural-appearing rejuvenation – restoring the patient’s face to a more youthful state. This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with a mild sedative, or using conscious sedation techniques, depending on patient preference. Dr. Ransom tailors his facelift approach to the specific anatomy of each patient, and works closely with each individual to satisfy specific goals – all the while making sure that, in the end, “you still look like you” …just a younger, more vibrant “you”!

Who is a candidate?

Candidates for a mini-facelift include all patients with early signs of facial aging, including loose skin in the lower face and jawline region and early jowls. The term facelift (or face-lift) can be used by doctors and in the media to imply a wide variety of procedures and approaches. Dr. Ransom tailors his surgical approach to each specific patient, working to achieve the desired goal and avoiding an “operated” look.

Dr. Ransom see patients from all over Bay Area, including Mill Valley/Marin County, Napa/Sonoma, San Raphael/Petaluma, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Orinda, Palo Alto, Piedmont, Walnut Creek and the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How long is the “down-time” after a mini-facelift?
Answer: For most patients, a week off of work is sufficient. Bruising and swelling will occur immediately after the surgery, and begin to resolve around the third day. The majority of this process occurs in the first week. Dr. Ransom works closely with you throughout the postoperative period, making sure that you are making progress toward an excellent result. Further details can be discussed with Dr. Ransom during your confidential consultation.
Question: Can a mini-facelift be combined with other procedures?
Answer: Yes, the mini-facelift is frequently combined with other surgical and non-surgical procedures. This commonly includes an upper and/or lower eyelid lift and various resurfacing techniques, including laser resurfacing. The combined effect of these treatments is a completely refreshed look, with a brighter, more youthful appearance.
Question: Where are the incisions placed for mini-facelift? How long will I have stitches?
Answer: Incisions are hidden in the hairline around the temple or sideburn area and behind the ear, as well as in the groove where the ear meets the cheek. Two layers of sutures are used, to make sure that the areas heal in a smooth and flat contour. Stitches are in place for about a week. After the sutures are removed, we will prescribe a topical treatment to further improve the healing and reduce any scar formation.
Question: What is the difference between a mini-facelift and “regular” facelift?
Answer: There are lots of different term used by surgeons and patients for the work that is done with a facelift. Mini-facelift generally means a shorter incision with less overall surgery, and is appropriate for patients with loose tissue and early jowls. For patients with heavy necks, including significant fatty tissue or bands, there may be more work needed. Dr. Ransom will discuss with you in detail during your consultation the recommended approach for your specific anatomy and aesthetic goals.

Please note that all patients are different and individual healing times and results may vary. The statements regarding procedures and recovery made here are general rules.

Our Patient Reviews

San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery

5 / 5.0

Based on 23 reviews

Christina G.

I had several nasal/sinus issues including a severely deviated septum and a dorsal hump, which I wasn't crazy about. Dr Ransom did both the medical and aesthetic parts of my surgery and he did a wonderful job! While I did have some swelling, I didn't experience much bruising at all. I loved that he left the natural look of my nose just making small corrections. My breathing has GREATLY improved. His office staff was super helpful in scheduling and making sure payment and everything was very clear. I am very, very, very pleased with my results!!

Tk I.

I had a terrible surf accident in Bali and needed to get 50 stitches to repair what the reef did to my face. I had emergency cosmetic surgery in Bali the day of the accident. Immediately when i got back to the states i was introduced to Dr Ransom through some mutual friends. I was searching for the best cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco to help in my recovery. He and his team have been amazing! he helped establish a plan for my post-op wound care/treatment and administered some initial laser treatments. Dr Ransom and his team are extremely knowledgeable and very patient / helpful. I am very grateful for their help and support. I am finally looking normal again!

Joey B.

I had three issues with my nose - which inhibited my breathing: 1- broken nose, 2 - narrow nostrils that collapsed when I inhaled through my nose, 3 - deviated septum. When I was living in New York, I went to see a doctor about my breathing issues, and he said my skin was too thin and there was likely nothing he could do to rectify the problem. Dr. Ransom was recommended by an ENT I saw through One Medical. As soon as he saw him, he said he could easily fix my nose, and remove the bump that had formed from the trauma. His confidence and strong sense of self immediately put me at ease, and I had little doubt that he could accomplish exactly what he promised. He showed me a modified picture of my nose , and really liked what he proposed. The end result very closely matched what he promised. Not only can I now breath much more easily through my nose, it looks much better. He managed to make it look like an improved version of itself, however I still look like me, and unless I tell anyone I had it done, it's not overly noticeable, which I prefer. I'm pretty vain and very critical, and I can say that Dr. Ransom is great, and comes highly recommended.

Edward T.

Doctor Evan Ransom took my surgery on relatively short order and did a wonderful job. He is very talented and has a nice friendly professional support staff. I can not thank him enough, he was calm, caring, professional and interested in the follow results of his work . He seemed to bring a certain artistry to the profession.

Lisa C.

Dr. Ransom is a talented physician. He is knowledgeable, professional and goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable during your treatments. He has been blessed with an artistic eye which brings wonderful results. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom and would refer all of my friends and family members to choose him as their physician.

Cheryl H.

Dr Ransom is very kind, honest, and conscience doctor. I was referred by my best friend, she is also Doctor Ransom patient. She has so much good things said about Doctor Ransom. So I had a face lift done by Doctor Ransom on July 2015. He did a wonderful job on my face and I have a lot of compliments on my face. So if anyone want to get their face done. I would highly recommended Doctor Ransom to you. I give Doctor Ransom a five stars.

Jill P.

I have currently been getting botox regularly with Dr. Ransom and he does a fantastic job. My previous doctor's office moved to another location where it was no longer convenient. I didn't realize what I was missing until I went to Dr. Ransom. I felt really comfortable, but most important he did a terrific job blowing my previous doctor out of the park. (Sometimes it's good switch it up a bit to make sure you are getting the best treatment.) On top of that, Dee the office manager is an incredible asset to the office. She personalizes your visit and relationship with the office to an extent I have never experienced before. I even get follow up calls to see how I am doing after a treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom for his great work, and his team's impeccable customer service.

Arielle C.

Dr. Ransom and Dee are the BEST! Whether it's aesthetic or reconstructive, I'd trust him over and over again with my face.