5 Things You Didn’t Know About A Mini Facelift

By: Dr. Danahey, MD, PhD
Topics: General


The mini facelift, also referred to as a weekend facelift, quick lift and formerly known as lifestyle lift provides a solution to the changes you see in your face as you age. It can help reduce visible signs of aging, by tightening and firming the cheeks, jawline and neck. The mini facelift is one of the most popular types of facial rejuvenation procedures performed today. The mini facelift’s rise in popularity is likely due to its ability to address the first signs of aging and sagging skin, and avoids the downtime of a more extensive facelift surgery.

Below are 5 things you may not know about the mini facelift.

1)      The Right Candidate for a Mini Facelift

Men and women who have mild to moderate facial jowling or sagging skin and are looking to tighten and lift the lower face are generally the perfect candidate for a mini facelift. Most commonly, patients are between the ages of 40 and 70.

2)      Advantages of a “Mini” Surgery

Many people find various aspects more advantageous than others. For some, the shorter recovery time of the mini facelift is the biggest advantage. Others are relieved to find out that a mini facelift can be done under local anesthesia. Because you don’t have to go under general anesthesia for the mini facelift, you are able to stay awake and walk out after the procedure. An additional benefit is that since the mini facelift is done under local anesthesia, often little-to-no pre-operative testing is necessary. Patients often feel that these factors make the mini lift a less daunting procedure.

3)      Different Recovery Compared to Traditional Facelift

Recovery from a mini facelift is faster and much easier than a full facelift. Most people experience mild discomfort that is well controlled with oral pain medication for roughly one to two days. After that, most patients switch to Tylenol for an additional day. Those who have a client-facing job usually consider going back to work at day seven due to the potential for swelling or bruising, though they are feeling well enough to go back sooner.

4)      Results Differ From An Extensive Facelift

Although the mini facelift is designed primarily to tighten the lower half of the face and focuses mostly on the jawline and jowls, a slight amount of upper neck tightening can also be achieved. In a traditional facelift, the focus is mostly on lifting and smoothing the neck more dramatically. That being said, during the mini facelift, the submental fat (under the chin) can be removed, improving the look of a ‘turkey neck’. Removing this fat and tightening the remaining tissue in the neck can also help to restore definition to the chin.

The mini facelift will provide a very natural-looking tightening, lifting and smoothing result. The tightening takes place through small incisions near the ears, making the scars from the mini facelift difficult to see.

5)      Longevity of a Mini Facelift

Aging face surgeries generally last about seven years. This can vary of course for each individual, based on how well you take care of your skin as well as other factors.


To learn more about a mini facelift, or the schedule a consultation, call 630-545-7840 today!