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While the name implies a miniature-sized or lesser form of facelift surgery, the facts reveal something else entirely. Dr. Eric Cerrati serves as an assistant professor and the director of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Utah. In a recent interview, he explains more about the mini facelift surgery, including how he performs it on patients at his Salt Lake City and South Jordan medical practice.

A mini facelift surgery is designed to help patients with the beginning signs of aging that include slightly sagging cheeks and neck skin. Simply put, good candidates for a mini facelift do not have a lot of excess skin or neck skin laxity. This enables Dr. Cerrati to perform tightening and lifting techniques that affect a patient’s facial muscles and skin but through a smaller incision and requiring fewer manipulations. This reduces the amount of bruising and swelling, thereby enabling the patient to heal and recover faster.

While patients who receive a full facelift procedure also enjoy similar treatments, they also must have some excess skin removed and undergo more extensive muscle and skin manipulations. This requires a larger incision and results in more bruising and swelling. A full facelift typically requires a month or longer for full recovery, while patients who receive a mini facelift often recover in just two or three weeks.

Which Facelift Surgery is Right for You?

Dr. Cerrati acknowledges that many different facial plastic surgeons define a mini facelift in different ways. No two surgeons will perform the surgery exactly the same way. For his patients, Dr. Cerrati prefers to consult with them individually and determine which surgical procedure or combination of procedures will help them best reach their cosmetic goals. People with certain levels of sagging or extra skin may need more extensive treatment than a mini facelift can provide.

To determine which procedure is the right one for your, call or contact us online at our South Jordan or Salt Lake City offices to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cerrati today.

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Based on 32 reviews
Justin G.

Dr. Cerrati is AMAZING at what he does! He is very professional, personable, and always makes sure you are comfortable during your procedures. After seeing 3 other physicians and having procedures done to help open my nasal passages, Dr. Cerrati came up with a different solution that actually worked. He is very meticulous and precise with all of his work and my facial injections were nearly painless. He does great work, I highly recommend!

Dustee L.

Dr. Cerrati, Nani and the entire staff made my day today! I put my wallet on the hood of my car and drove off with it there on my way to my appointment this morning. By the time I realized what I had done my wallet was long gone. I ended up being 20 minutes late for my appointment (which I absolutely hate) and the staff was nothing but understanding and so so nice when I told them what happened. It was my first experience in the office but absolutely not my last! Not only am I impressed with the way I was treated but they did an amazing job!! My appointment was short and sweet with a job well done and I couldn't help but leave with happy tears in my eyes. Kind people are the best!!!

Hunter G.

Dr. Cerrati is absolutely amazing! I was so happy with my fillers that I received. Definitely will be returning to him again! I trust him and recommended him 100% to all my family and friends. He always does his best to make sure his patients come out with the best possible outcome!

Cara T.

I had rhinoplasty with Dr. Cerrati. From my initial consultation though my follow ups, Dr. Cerrati listened to me. I got the exact result I had hoped for which was quite subtle. My recovery was way better than I expected. I needed one pain pill and was not in much pain at all. His MA came into the office on Xmas Eve to remove my cast so I could be out and about without a cast. I also had very little bruising. His staff is awesome. Haley was so responsive in helping me to schedule surgery. She actually responded to my email at 6:15 am and answered every inquiry I had. I had a nosebleed unrelated to my surgery and Dr. Cerrati made sure to squeeze me in on one of surgery dates just to make sure everything was okay. He is calm, knowledgeable and skilled. I was completely at ease throughout the process. I researched thoroughly before choosing him. I liked that he is younger with updated techniques and that he specializes in facial surgery. Highly recommend.

Brittany H.

I came to see Dr. Cerrati after having a total Thyroidectomy earlier this year. The surgery didn't go as planned and I had to have a few other emergency surgeries right after. The scarring from all the surgeries didn't look very good and I had some tethering underneath that needed to be taken care of. Dr. Cerrati was great about explaining everything that would be done to remove the scar tissue and reclose the skin. I also had lots of anxiety about having another surgery since I had such a bad experience last time. Dr. Cerrati and the staff were very understanding and accommodating about my anxiety. I am very pleased with the way my scar looks now. I am confident that the scar will fade considerably and it will hardly be noticeable. I do feel like there were some communication issues when I would call in but I believe that it was not the doctor's fault and that it was more overall staffing issues. Just make sure you talk to the right people and get the phone numbers for his nurse and then all will go great!

Laurie S.

Dr. Cerrati and his staff are amazing!! They made me feel so comfortable from the start of my appointment. I can already see the results of my Botox and love it!! I definitely recommend him to all my friends!!