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Do Mini Facelifts Cost Less?

I realize that many of the doctors here hold the heavily advertised mini facelifts in low regard, and I'm not referring to them specifically. I am thinking about a patient that is just starting to age who nevertheless wants more lifting and tucking than injectables can provide.

Are facelifts something that is so involved that even if there is less to do on a patient that is just starting to show age than a more advanced case, the price remains the same?

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Mini FaceLifts cost between $6000-11000 under local anesthesia.

Mini Facelifts are very popular and make a significant difference if done thoroughly and run between $6000-11000 under local anesthesia with less downtime and risks than a full facelift.  Sincerely,
David Hansen,MD

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Mini-Facelift vs Full Facelift

Not all "mini-facelifts" are created equally. In general, a mini-facelift is designed to lift the cheeks and correct jowl deformities at the jawline. A well done mini-facelift will also include a SMAS lift to tighten the cheek muscles. A mini-facelift will not include surgical alteration of the neck tissues beneath the chin, and will not require incisions in this area. In addition, the mini-facelift incisions behind the ear are much shorter, and less surgical work is involved than with a full facelift (which includes a neck-lift). Therefore, surgeon's fees for mini-facelifts are lower than for full facelifts.

Also, less time is spent in the operating room and therefore less anesthesia time is required, so those fees are reduced as well. Be VERY careful, however, to avoid the gimmicky facelift short-cut procedures which are marketed as "lifestyle lift", "thread lift", etc, etc. These rely on suspension of the tissues with artificial materials rather than true repositioning done in a facelift or mini-facelift. Not only are the results of these procedures short lived (think one, maybe two years), but the artificial materials placed in the facial tissues can lead to serious problems down the road.

Pamela B. Rosen, MD
Coral Springs Plastic Surgeon
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Mini facelift pricing

Thank you for the question. Many surgeons will offer a limited facelift for patients with early signs of aging and/or budget constraints. The key thing is to make sure that this procedure will actually address your areas of concern. That said, in my practice, I offer a lower price for a less involved lift. This procedure is definitely not appropriate for all patients, however. Best of luck!

Evan Ransom, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

Do Mini Lifts cost less?

The answer is "yes". Just make sure that you understand that you will probably not obtain a dramatic result with a "mini lift". It may be all you really need to do....and that a "full lift" might be more than needed..that is why it is important to go to a well respected board certified plastic surgeon with significant face lifting experience. Many options are available and often there is no single correct solution to improving what bothers you. As long as you understand your options and the limitations to the options, then you will make a sound decision considering your surgery. Pricing is often geographically dependent....but overall, if the surgery is less involved, then the cost will be less. It is important that you understand what the higher priced procedures may or may not do for you!

Cost of a Mini-Facelift

Thank you for your question.

The fee for a Mini-Facelift is between $6000-$8500 depending on the addition of fat augmentation, and the specific techniques required to achieve the desired aesthetic goal.The Mini-Lift may be performed in the office under local anesthesia which reduces the cost. There is less downtime than the traditional or standard facelift, so patients may return to work more quickly.

Mini-Facelift incisions are shorter, and there is less tightening of the underlying tissues. Typically, this type of lift will improve sagging jowls and when combined with fat augmentation of the cheek and area below the eye gives a fabulous result in the correct patient.

Happy New Year! Good luck!

Rondi Kathleen Walker, MD
Washington Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Mini Facelifts Cost Less Than Full Facelifts, However Lesser Procedures Are Associated With Lesser Results

The cost for any type of facelift will vary from doctor to doctor and geographic location to geographic location.  Additionally, there are many different techniques utilized in the performance of a facelift.  One would expect that a less invasive procedure, which requires less time in the operating room, to cost less than a more invasive procedure which takes longer to perform.  It is important to remember that lesser procedures are normally associated with lesser results.  It is very important that you consult a well-trained experienced, Board-certified plastic surgeon if you are considering this type of surgery.  It is very important that your surgeon fully understands your personal goals and helps you decide which procedure is best for you.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Smaller Needs + Less surgery needed + Lower costs = Happy patients with many referrals

If all you need is subtle results in one or two specific areas, then the price of the Mini Lift you are having should reflect that. In a previous post I went over what factors go into the cost of a Mini Lift and one of the factors is how much works needs to be done.

An experienced, ethical and busy surgeon will price out Mini Lifts with this formula in mind:

Smaller Needs + Less surgery needed + Lower costs = Happy patients with many referrals. A win-win for both surgeons and patients.



Kamran Jafri, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Mini Face Lift - Often Great Results for Less Cost in a Plastic Surgeon's Hands

Mini Face Lift procedures often lead to  Great Results for Less Cost in a Plastic Surgeon's Hands. Because there is less surgery time the Surgeon's cost, OR costs are less not to mention the recovery time. Please beware, not all mini-facelifts are the same and most important is finding the best plastic surgeon with the most experience. Skill, Training, and Experience are critical.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Mini Lifts should always cost less than a Face lift

It is nice to get a soft ball question like this one once in a while. I agree that technicaaly the mini may be the more challenging operation to perfom flawlwssly, but we charge usually based on the time of the procedure. Clearly adding the neck dissection and additional incisions will add time to the case.  Adding time to the case, will add money to the bottom line.

Charles Virden, MD
Reno Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Mini Facelifts Cost Less?

Generally speaking mini facelifts cost less than a full facelift. Mini facelifts cost less but they also take less time.  The best thing you can do for yourself is to get a consultation with a qualified surgeon and he will advise you as to the best surgical procedure for you.  There would be nothing worse than to get a minilift and not achieve the results that you wanted because you really needed a full facelift.

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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