Mini Face Lifts

You don’t have to live with visible signs of aging.

For many people, the aging process often leads to wrinkles around the eyes and mouth and loose skin in the jowls and cheeks. With the help of a mini facelift surgery from a skilled plastic surgeon, you can address the early signs of aging and regain a youthful appearance.

Dr. Emerick Salas of Salas Plastic Surgery Miami is an award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in non-invasive and surgical body rejuvenation procedures, including facial plastic surgery like the mini facelift. As a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this highly trained M.D. proudly helps each patient achieve their body goals in his luxury plastic surgery office in Miami.

What is a Mini Facelift?

Mini facelifts use smaller incisions around the temples along the hairline and the natural creases in front of the ears. These small incisions help lift the structural tissues around the cheeks by tightening the lower third of the face and defining the jawline and chin. This reconstructive surgery is facial rejuvenation without a tired or aged appearance.

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What Is the Difference Between a Facelift and a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift is slightly different from a traditional facelift (blepharoplasty). While a complete facelift lifts sagging facial tissues and removes excess skin, the mini surgical procedure is less invasive but highly effective.

A full facelift is a facial rejuvenation procedure that will dramatically change your face’s appearance. It often accompanies a brow lift, eyelid lift, and neck lift to substantially reverse the signs of advanced aging, which may include:

  • Deep wrinkles
  • Excess fat deposits under the chin
  • Heavy jowls
  • Banding around the neck


The plastic surgeon can perform all procedures within the same surgery. Healing time will vary, but it averages between two to four weeks.

A mini facelift is complex but not as much as a traditional facelift. It can treat signs of aging, such as apparent wrinkles or excess fat deposits in the lower face, but not excess skin or sagging in the neck. It also uses limited incisions for minimal scarring and has a recovery time of 9 to 12 days.

Things to Consider Before Getting a Facelift

Good candidates for a mini facelift is someone who has:

  •     Mild or moderate facial and upper neck changes due to aging
  •     Mild or moderate fat deposits under the chin
  •     Skin laxity
  •     A defined neck and jawline

Most people who qualify are in their late 40s or early 50s, but people in their 30s may also meet the basic requirements for surgery. Dr. Salas understands that every patient has different needs for their bodies. At Salas Plastic Surgery, we treat patients on an individual basis.

When you come to Salas Plastic Surgery for surgery facials, the doctor will provide specific instructions for preparation. Below are general preparation tips for a mini facelift:

  •     Wear no makeup or jewelry during the appointment.
  •     Disclose all medications, including prescriptions, OTCs, and herbal supplements.
  •     Notify Dr. Salas if you smoke or use tobacco.
  •     Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Salas Plastic Surgery offers dermal fillers and Botox. These injectables help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to maximize the youthful appearance you’ll achieve with a mini facelift. The fillers will also give loose facial skin a subtle lift to improve your face shape.

Because a mini facelift targets the lower half of the face, it can’t improve issues in the upper region, such as drooping eyelids or eye bags. However, Dr. Salas can include additional eyelid surgery with the mini facelift to help reach your desired facial appearance.

Common Mini Facelift Results

Since a mini facelift is an outpatient procedure, you won’t need to stay in a hospital overnight. Once you leave our clinic, you’ll go home with dressings or bandages over the sutures that keep the incisions closed until they heal. You may also have drains in the incisions to prevent fluid from building up under your skin.

The stitches will remain in place for up to 10 days before removing them. You will have some bruising and swelling before and after your suture removal, so you may need to abstain from high-intensity physical activities until you heal completely.

The total recovery time for a mini facelift is several weeks. However, some patients begin to feel better 9 to 12 days after the surgery, even though the underlying muscles in their faces are still healing.

The minimally invasive procedure does produce post-surgery pain and discomfort, but it is not as severe as a full facelift. Pain medication can reduce discomfort, and the bruising and swelling will decrease over several weeks.

An unfortunate drawback of this procedure is how long it lasts. Traditional facelifts are dramatic enough to last for up to twenty years, but mini facelifts generally last for a decade. You can make the most of your procedure and keep your results longer by maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes balanced meals and regular exercise.

Mini Face Lift Frequently Asked Questions

On average, a mini facelift can range between $3,500 to $8,000 or more. These prices cover the surgery costs but may not include related expenses, such as anesthesia and postoperative prescriptions. The cost of the procedure will increase if you add additional treatments to the mini facelift, such as eyelid surgery.

Liposuction is sometimes part of mini facelift procedures, and it depends on the patient’s needs and how they want their face to look. Dr. Salas may use liposuction to remove fat deposits from the cheeks or jawline.

The minimally invasive procedure does produce post-surgery pain and discomfort, but it is not as severe as a full facelift. Pain medication can reduce discomfort, and the bruising and swelling will decrease over several weeks.

Mini facelifts come with some pain and discomfort, but it is not as bad as traditional facial surgery. The procedure is non-invasive and only produces slight swelling and bruising. These issues will resolve themselves over weeks following the facelift, but medication can assist with pain management.

There are two choices for anesthesia. You can receive general anesthesia and be asleep during the entire procedure, or you can receive local anesthesia to numb your face and incision sites while you remain awake. Regardless of the method you choose, you can be confident that Salas Plastic Surgery will keep you comfortable and safe for the duration of the surgery.

Mini facelifts come with many benefits, including reducing sagging skin, rounding the cheeks, lifting the corners of the mouth, and minimizing wrinkles. It will give you a lovely, youthful appearance with smoother skin. The incision placement ensures that scarring will not be immediately noticeable.

Like every surgery, there are side effects and risks associated with the procedure. Patients often experience swelling, bruising, and pain immediately following the facelift, though they subside after several days or weeks. Severe side effects include intense pain and increased swelling.

At Salas Plastic Surgery, we take great care to reduce the risk of infection in our patients, which can produce acute side effects. With Dr. Sala’s expertise, you can reverse the signs of aging and produce long-lasting results with minimal risk.

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Schedule a Consultation for a Mini Face Lift in Miami

If you desire an enhanced face with a youthful glow, consider receiving a mini facelift from Salas Plastic Surgery Miami. Each patient will receive world-class treatment from award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Salas in our luxury clinic. Call 305-928-7757 today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.