Each candidate presents with their own issues. The mini-lift is a good lift for a patient who has minimal problems. A patient who has significant jowling, laxity of the neck, platysmal laxity or the laxity of the muscles of the neck, they need a more involved facelift or a full facelift. It involves lifting muscles, fat grafting, et cetera, so it can range from either a very minimally invasive procedure to a more complicated procedure, depending on what the patient's problems are.
Mini Lift or Full Facelift: Your Goals Determine the Extent of the Procedure
Dr. Arthur Handal explains how and why your surgeon might suggest less or more than the procedure you originally planned for.