Results, Recovery, Incisions from Mini Facelift: What to Expect?

What do you think of the lifestyle lift or, for that matter, any minilift, if a person does not require a complete facelift? Is it lasting, and where are the incisions made? How long is the usual recovery time? Many thanks for your opinion.  

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Mini facelift recovery

A mini facelift can be a variety of different things and is provider dependent.  Some mini lifts are designed to last 3 years and others are designed to last 7-10 years.  The only way to figure out how long a lift will last is to ask the surgeon who performs it.  Mini facelifts costs vary depending on the surgeon and how long their lift lasts (as well as a variety of other factors such as reputation and training).  A good mini facelift from a reputable plastic surgeon should last 5-7 years. 

Generally, mini facelift incisions are shorter and recovery time lasts 10 days. There is no exercising the first week, however, by day 7, you should be able to wear makeup and exercise but there may still be some bruising. 


Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery time from a mini lift is typically one to two weeks.

A mini lift as performed at my practice involves less invasive and less aggressive techniques to rejuvenate the jawline in people who are experiencing early sagging of the skin. The incisions are smaller and the surgery is less invasive, although I still lift the deeper muscular layer, not just the skin, in order to ensure longevity. Recovery time from a mini lift is typically one to two weeks. After one week, the stitches and wrap are removed, and most patients feel comfortable going out in public with makeup. Two weeks is generally when most patients are able to resume most of their everyday activities.

Mini Lift Options

Good Morning Debra Weintraub

Thanks for your question. As you can imagine there is not a lot you can't have done these days. A facelift should address the concerns you have so can be varied to suit.

If your skin is loose, sagging or creating the appearance of jowls you may be a good candidate for Concept™ Facelift Surgery. This type of Rhytidectomy is unique as the facelift is performed under local anaesthetic, and is less invasive than traditional methods, meaning the cosmetic surgery has a significantly faster recovery time.
The cosmetic procedure is similar to a mini facelift as it is performed with a short scar that runs in front of the ear, down to the ear lobe and tucked behind the ear. There will be no dressings or drains afterwards. This is performed as a day case, walk in-walk out procedure with minimal bruising and downtime.

All the best

Results, Recovery, Incisions from Mini Facelift: What to Expect?

Many of the mini-lifts (including the Lifestyle Lift) will offer improvements to patients that have problems on their cheeks and jowls. If the problem also include neck issues, then a facelift is the best answer or an extended mini facelift (Lifestyle Lift).

Most of the facelifts or mini facelifts will need 7 to 10 days of recovery. The incisions for the mini facelift will go from the sideburn, around the front of the ear to the ear lobe and may go up a little on the crease behind the ear.

The facelift extends this incision to the crease behind the are and turn about 3/4 of the way up to the hair line behind the ear. This extension helps address the neck area.


Expect improvement of the cheeks and jowls from the mini lift, more improvements on the neck with the facelift.

Hope this helps,
Dr. Gus Diaz

Gustavo A. Diaz, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Mini-Faelifts What to Expect

The mini-facelift is a great procedure in the correct patient.  The best patient for a mini-facelift has loose skin and muscles/jowls in the cheeks, but not too much going on in the neck.  If the neck is very loose/droopy, then a traditional facelift is necessary.  The incisions are around the ears very much like a traditional facelift but the mini-facelift doesn't have an incision under the chin as the larger facelift does.  Most patients are in good shape to be out in public in less then 2 weeks.  

Jonathan Pontell, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Mini Lift Super Choice in the Right Patient

A mini-lift is a great choice for the proper candidate.  Typically these patients are in their 40s or early 50s, have minimal neck sagging (minus perhaps some fat under their chin), and have less time available for recovery.  A well performed mini-lift will typically sharpen the jawline muscle and lower 1/3 of the facial skin and can give up to 10 years of youth back in the lower face.  There does need to be incisions around the front contour of the ear (on each side) and under the earlobes as well.  The incisions typically heal quite well (should not be visible) when performed by a skilled surgeon.  The recovery time (with proper preparation, ie not taking blood thinners before your procedure) usually is 5-7 days in my experience.  For the actual jawline, the results can be as good as that of a "full facelift", with the exception that a mini-lift cannot create huge change in the neck itself. 

Paul Lanfranchi, DO, FAOCO
Las Vegas Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

What is a "mini" facelift

The term "mini" facelift can mean basically anything depending on the definition of the surgeon or patient.  The term is often misunderstood as meaning less invasive, fewer or shorter scars, or less recovery time.  However, the result of the procedure should be the primary goal regardless of technique.  In my practice, I define mini vs full facelift based on whether the neck needs to be addressed with a platysmaplasty.  Many patients in their 40s or 50s do not yet have significant platysmal banding and the neck can be addressed with the periauricular incision.  The lack of the submental incision makes the incisions less visible and the surgical time less. 

John Burns, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Mini facelift

A mini facelift, or short scar facelift, offers many advantages over a traditional facelift: it is safer because it is performed with only local anesthesia, it is less expensive, and of course the scars are minimized and complication rates are lower.

First off, do not be fooled by the brand names. These are all just mini facelifts that have been franchised. If your doctor offers the lifestyle or some other brand name version, he or she has paid to be part of this franchise.

Recovery time is minimize because of the short scar approach, but you can still expect a good solid week of downtime with swelling, and after that you may have some mild residual bruising that your physician may be able to easily laser away if they are knowledgeable and equipped to do so.

You will also have sutures for the majority of that first week.
Scars with a facelift are very strategically hidden in around and behind your ears. Your surgeon will likely tailor your lift to your exact needs, which will alter the extent of your scars.

To discuss your needs and goals, seek out a dermatologic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who is board certified and fellowship trained in one of these "core four" cosmetic specialties.

Cameron Chesnut, MD, FAAD, FACMS, FASDS
Spokane Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Mini Facelift Toronto

My patients are usually back to work within a week.  They tend to have very little bruising.  The scars do not go as far into the hairline or behind the ear.  Find an experienced PS in your area.

Best,

Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

results, expectations and recovery from a mini lift

 Even though it is a mini lift, there is still approximately 2 weeks of bruising and swelling that exists after the surgical procedure. Most patients  refrain from social activities, exercise, the and work for that period of time. For many examples of what a facelift can accomplish in our practice, please see the link below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

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