The definition of mini facelift
A mini facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens and smooths the mid to lower face (jawline) by lifting the SMAS, a network of fibrous support tissue under the skin.
The difference between a full facelift and a mini facelift can vary depending on the surgeon. Some call a procedure “mini” if the scars are shorter than a traditional facelift. Others call a facelift a mini if the SMAS is not removed or lifted, but it is just cinched with stitches. In general, a mini-facelift is less involved and takes less time to complete than a “full facelift”.
Since the definition of a mini facelift differs based on who is doing it, there are questions you should ask your surgeon.
4 questions you need to ask before having a mini facelift
How many of my patients get a mini facelift in NY
In my NY practice, less than 10% of my clients that come to me for facelift surgery end up having a mini lift. This is because the mini facelift is best for the jawline and jowls but not as good for neck bands, which many people exhibit by the time they are seeking a surgical rejuvenation. In those people where a mini facelift is warranted, the results can be amazing, especially when it’s done before overly dramatic aging signs have set in.
In the article below that was published in Cosmetic Surgery Times, I wrote about my thoughts on the mini facelift and how often it’s appropriate in my practice. Two other prominent cosmetic facial surgeons also share their insights.