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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
Christina A.

Choosing Dr. Cerrati to perform my rhinoplasty was the best decision I ever made! I had consultations with many other surgeons and he was who I felt most comfortable with. He really listened to what I wanted and made it look very natural. He fixed my deviated septum and performed some cosmetic work. My recovery was such an easy process! I had 0 pain and minimal bruising. I love the outcome of my nose, both functionally and structurally. I highly recommend Dr. Cerrati, you wont regret it.

Kiera B.

Working with Dr. Cerrati and his assistant Hailey, has been the most wonderful experience! It is clear Dr. Cerrati cares about helping you achieve your dreams and Hailey is the sweetest, most helpful & awesome gal ever! They both spent so much time listening and understanding exactly what I wanted done with my nose and forehead and spent time making sure I was cared for and heard. I love my results and am so happy that I chose to go with this team. I plan to continue using them for my lip and cheek injection and suggesting them to all my friends moving forward- I am soo happy I found them!

Heather J.

I would highly recommend Dr. Cerrati based on my experience with both him and his office staff. He is very professional and a perfectionist When it comes to his patients results. I researched several surgeons, and ultimately decided on Dr. Cerrati based on his reviews and before and after pictures. One month post rhinoplasty, I am no longer self conscious. I’m loving my results ( and I’m very picky) . If anyone is worried , rest assured you Will love Dr. Cerrati and his staff!

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!