A Mini Facelift (also known as a mini lift or minimal incision facelift) is a facial procedure that improves visible signs of aging and leaves skin looking more refreshed and youthful.

Take a closer look at this procedure by reading the answers to questions most commonly asked by patients.

How is a Mini Facelift different from a traditional Facelift? A Mini Facelift provides many of the benefits of a traditional facelift. The incision made during a Mini Facelift is about half the size of a traditional facelift incision, which minimizes recovery time. Most patients who undergo a Mini Facelift are able to go home that same day.

Is a Mini Facelift for me? Ideal candidates are healthy adults who show aging in the middle of the face and do not have a severe amount of excess skin around the neck and jaw line. A Mini Facelift is also an excellent option for individuals who have had a traditional facelift in the past and are looking to refresh their appearance in the face and/or neck areas.

Do I need to prepare for a Mini Facelift? There are a few steps that you are required to take before the procedure in preparation. For at least two weeks before surgery, you are required to refrain from alcohol, all aspirin products, ibuprofen, and certain vitamins and herbal supplements, since these products thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding. If you’re a smoker, you must stop smoking three months prior to surgery. Lastly, make arrangements for a friend or relative to drive you home after the procedure and help you for a day of two if necessary.

How long is the recovery time for a Mini Facelift? Patients are usually up and about within a day or two, however you should take it easy for the first week and get plenty of rest. You should avoid all strenuous activity, including heavy housework, lifting, straining, exercising and all aerobic activities for at least two weeks. Patients are required to avoid alcohol, steam baths, and saunas for several months following a Mini Facelift. Dr. Brunner provides each patient with guidelines for resuming normal activities.

Will my face look natural after a Mini Facelift? Yes. The goal of a Mini Facelift is to refresh and rejuvenate the face and neck for a more youthful appearance. Those close to you may not even realize that you have had a facelift.

Mini Facelift in Princeton, NJ

To learn more about Mini Facelifts or any of the cosmetic treatments we offer,  contact us today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Brunner. Our offices are located in Princeton, and you can reach us directly at (609) 921-9497. We look forward to meeting you!

Double Board Certified: Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery & Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 10 years (2009-2019) in Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery

Fellow, American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Most Comprehensive Skin Rejuvenation Laser Center in Central New Jersey

Thousands of Cosmetic Facial Plastic Procedures Performed

Patients' Choice Award for Favorite Physician

2010, 2011, 2016-2020

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COVID-19 Update & Curbside Skincare Pickup

To our lovely patients and friends, 

We are beyond thrilled to announce that beginning today, our office is open and ready to see patients for all appointment needs, including cosmetic! 

The wait is over and we are happy that we will be able to see you all again! To ensure your safety, we will be implementing new protocols that will protect all of our patients while at our office: 

  • Prioritizing Cleanliness: All rooms and high touch areas will be disinfected frequently. Disinfectants, hand sanitizer, and related supplies will be available to staff and patients at all times.Staff will open doors for all patients, and wash hands between each patient interaction. 
  • No ‘waiting rooms’: Patients will be asked to arrive when it is time for their appointment to avoid waiting. 
  • Staggered Appointments: We will be staggering the appointments to ensure adequate time to wipe down spaces in order to maintain a safe and clean environment. 
  • Screenings: We will be screening patients over the phone and at the time of their appointment to ensure they are healthy
  • Reduced & Healthy Staff: Any of our staff who can work virtually will be working outside of the office, and all staff will be screened daily to ensure they are healthy
  • Protective Equipment: Our staff and patients with appointments will wear a mask and gloves at all times. We ask that all patients come to their appointment with a mask! Dr. Brunner will even be wearing a protective shield to ensure your safety! 

We will continue to offer Virtual Appointments for all of our patients. Additionally, we will continue curbside pickup at our office for all your skincare needs! Patients should call 609.921.9497 or email us at kim@brunnermd.com or melissa@brunnermd.com regarding the products they are interested in, and Kim or Melisssa will coordinate a curbside pickup for you!

We ask everyone’s full cooperation as we prepare to open under very special circumstances.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our office and promise to take every necessary precaution to care for you in a safe environment.


Dr. Brunner and the Entire Team! 


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