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?

Doctor Answers 40

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
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 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 3 reviews

Mini facelifts often cost less but you also get less in return

Each surgeon has different definitions of what a mini-facelift is for them. Usually it is a shorter skin flap and simpler treatment of the muscle beneath called the SMAS. With more advanced techniques such as the deep-plane facelift, the mini-lift of today was the maxi-lift of 2 decades ago.

For me a mini-lift means shorter operating time so there is a savings for both surgeon fees and OR time. However, some people need more than just a mini-lift for long lasting results when there is less elasticity to the skin.

What works very well for patients with early changes is a LaserFacelift using the SmartLipo laser. We are getting nice results in tightening younger faces without any surgery.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

Price should not be the main consideration when considering a facelift

While mini facelifts generally do cost less than full facelifts, price should never be the determining factor in choosing a surgical facelift procedure. A mini lift, as performed at my practice, is a good option for patients who are just beginning to see signs of skin laxity and jowls; however, it will not be a good option for someone with heavy jowls and significant laxity. Please see a board-certified facial plastic surgeon for a consultation, where you can discuss your specific concerns and goals. This will help determine if a mini lift is appropriate for you. I hope this helps.

Mini lifts are less costly

Mini lifts and a full lower facelifts all have their roles for the specific patient.  Both procedures target the jawline and jowls.  Typically, both procedures have the same incisions in front and behind the ear.  A full lower facelift will have the incision extend down the posterior hairline and thus will get a better result in the neck and even a better result in the jawline because the longer incision allow for a stronger overall lift. 
A mini lift will have the advantage of less recovery, less costs, and less risk but again this will come with less results. In addition a mini lift can be performed under local anesthesia and minimal oral sedation further reducing the operating room/ anesthesia costs.  An individual may be well suited for a mini lift.  It is important to consult with an experienced facelift surgeon to discuss which procedure would be the best for you when considering all these variables.

Raymond E. Lee, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Mini Facelift Cost

Relatively speaking, and as you might expect, mini facelifts do cost less than the traditional facelift. Still, the price difference between the two procedures should be less important when determining which to proceed with than the possible results of the respective types of facelift surgery. You may find that the traditional facelift is more feasible for you, as it provides more dramatic results. To help you decide between the two procedures, and to compare affordability, visit a few surgeons near where you live. 

Are mini facelfifts less expensive

Not always

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Costs will depend on several factors: the geographic location, the skill and experience of the surgeon, and operating room and anesthesia fees. Approximate costs can be found on the Real Self website,, or

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Mini-facelift cost

Thank you for your question. The term facelift can be tied to a very specific type or procedure or can represent a catch-all term for facial surgeries. Different facial surgery procedures can be done in isolation or as a combination of procedures and each procedure can help to address individualized concerns with the face. The mini-lift is a more general term to describe a less-invasive approach to a lower facelift. It may do little to affect the appearance of the neck. In addition, the longevity of the procedure may not be the same as a traditional lower facelift depending on how the underlying muscle layers are treated. Typically, the mini-lift can be done under local with or without sedation and hence can reduce the cost of the procedure to the $6000-8000 range.

More important than the cost, however, is finding the right surgeon for you and help you assess your concerns and develop an appropriate surgical plan of care for you.

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
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 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!

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