Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is often referred to as a short scar facelift, or an S lift. The procedure aims to restore a youthful appearance by improving features in the lower half of the face or the skin in the neck region. The mini facelift is best suited for younger plastic surgery patients in their thirties or forties, since its results are less drastic and can offer an anti aging lift for individuals with minor concerns. These typically include minor sagging of the cheeks, jawline, as well as improvements to the folds of the nose.
The Mini Facelift procedure

In contrast to the invasive traditional facelift surgery, a mini facelift uses fewer and smaller incisions. Once a local anesthetic is injected behind the areas (to numb the lower half of the face) , a plastic surgeon will make incisions either in front or behind the ears, which will then continue along the hairline. A patient may also be mildly sedated, or put under general anesthesia upon request. The plastic surgeon will then lift, reposition, and remove facial tissue and reconstruct facial muscles.

We can use an endoscopic or a non-endoscopic approach to a mini facelift. During an endoscopic facelift, the surgeon will insert surgical instruments into at least three incisions around the areas to be treated, along with a small camera inserted beneath the skin. We will then watch the procedure through the camera as she removes excess fat and reshapes facial muscles.

A non-endoscopic procedure involves incisions made in certain areas of the skin, which are then turned aver and exposed. This exposed area is then treated accordingly. The mini facelift surgery will typically take between one to two hours to complete, and recovery may take from one to two days following surgery.

Mini Facelift or Standard Facelift?

The use of smaller incisions and alterations in the mini facelift allows for minimal cutting of the skin, which reduces scarring, the risk of complications, recovery time, and financial cost.

Unlike a traditional facelift, a mini facelift cannot reduce some of the effects of aging on the skin, such as wrinkles. While a complete face lift is aimed at providing results throughout the face, a mini facelift addresses specific target regions only in the lower half of the face and the neck region, and only offers minor improvements.

Recovery and Risks of Mini Facelifts

While a mini facelift is generally associated with less health complications and plastic surgery risks, like all cosmetic procedures, even this facelift carries with it some potential side effects. The potential risks and side effects of a mini facelift surgery include the following:

• Hematoma

• Infection. This will typically occur in a specific area and may be prevented by prescribed antibiotics following surgery.

• Longer recovery

• Scarring

• Numbness around the incisions

A patient will usually be able to return home several hours following a mini facelift. Typically, a patient can return to work within two to three days.



What exactly is a mini-lift?

By dividing the face into four zones, you create the four mini-lifts that are possible. Each of these deals with either one or two of the zones of the face versus the full face lift, which deals with all four zones of the face.

Do the mini-lifts last as long as the full lift?

No. The mini-lifts primarily deal with the skin only, and because of this, they will relax in a year not like the full face lift , which is a multiple layer lift and its results are much longer around 10 years .

Can the mini-lifts be done in the office?

Yes. When they are done strictly under local anesthesia and the correction process is not too advanced, this can sometimes be done as an office procedure.

Is the terminology universal among plastic surgeons?

No. The concept of the mini-lift has really only emerged in the last few years in its present format. There has not been standardized labeling or nomenclature for the lifts. The concept is the same, but different groups of surgeons throughout the country will refer to these lifts by slightly different names.