What is a mini facelift?

Are you considering rejuvenating your face, and want to look refreshed and younger? Not completely sold on having an invasive surgery to get the results you want? It may be time to consider a mini facelift.

What is a mini facelift?


A mini facelift is often a preferred procedure over the traditional facelift. There are many benefits to undertaking a mini facelift, such as:

  • It is less invasive than a facelift
  • The procedure involves shorter surgical cuts, and as a result, you will be left with a smaller scar
  • There is less chance of complications
  • You will have a shorter recovery time

This procedure will leave you with youthful, refreshed skin. A mini facelift can be combined with other facial surgeries, including rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, neck lift, and brow lift.

What does it involve?


The procedure involves the surgeon making a small incision along the hairline and in front of the ears. Using non-absorbable stitches, the fibrous tissues under the skin are then tightened. Any sagging tissue is lifted attached to the temple with structures.

This is performed under a local anaesthetic and is done on an outpatient basis. The surgery takes roughly two hours to complete, while a traditional facelift will take about five hours.

What results will I see?


The main thing people want to know about this procedure is what results will you be able to achieve? The mini facelift will be able to:

  • Rejuvenate the neck and jawline area
  • Treat minor jowling on the lower part of the face
  • Treat laxity at the jawline
  • Reduce folds and fat deposits between the nose and mouth

What can’t a mini facelift do?


Sometimes patients will want an outcome that is unable to be achieved by having a mini facelift. This procedure will not be able to help with:

  • The removal of wrinkles from around the eyes and on the forehead
  • Treatment of sun damaged skin
  • Will only achieve a limited improvement on the nasolabial folds (located from the nose to the corner of the mouth).

Am I the right candidate?


This is an appropriate procedure for people with sagging skin in the mid-face and on the cheeks and is generally for people aged between 40 and 60. Those who have undergone a drastic weight loss and have jowling and sagging skin are also suitable candidates for this procedure.

Possible side effects


As with every surgical procedure, there is the possibility of side effects. Those who have a mini facelift may notice some bruising, especially around the eyes. If you are susceptible to fluid retention, you may notice persistent swelling for a few months following the procedure. Rare complications can include haematoma, infection, delayed wound healing and skin discolouration.

Mini Facelift vs a Full Facelift


Mini Facelift

  • Ideal for those who have minimal issues on the face and neck
  • Suited for ages between 40 and 60
  • Addresses minor sagging on cheeks, jawline and neck
  • Small incisions along the hairline and front of the ears
  • Results last 5-10 years
Full Facelift
  •  Ideal for those wanting to get rid of starting signs of ageing
  • Suitable for ages between 40 and 60, but also 70 to 80
  • Addresses all areas of the face
  • Bigger incisions in front and back of the ears
  • Results are longer lasting, however, the ageing process cannot be stopped



Interested in a mini facelift or a full facelift? Contact us today if you have any more questions or would like to book a consultation. 

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