Do you still need an eye lift if you have a mini face lift? (Photo)

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Does a mini-facelift address the eyes?

Hi Patty,A mini-facelift is designed to address 3 major areas of the face: lift and tighten the tissues of the cheeks, jaw line, and neck, and does not address the eyes whatsoever. I routinely perform a blepharoplasty (upper or lower, or both) and/or a brow lift at the same time as the mini-facelift to give an overall facial rejuvenation.

Separate Procedures

Hi Patty,
A mini facelift can be a safe, quick, and effective was to make a fantastic aesthetic improvement to your face. The benefits if a minilift include a shorter recovery period, minimized risk, limited scarring, and reduced surgery time.
Blepharoplasty also known as eyelid surgery helps to restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance to the eyes and surrounding skin. 

Whether you need an eyelift with your mini facelift is best determined with an in-person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery who can evaluate your face with considerations like your age, skin laxity, jowls, overall health, and other important factors in order to plan a customized procedure for you as not all patients who receive a minilift will need and eyelift and vice versa. Hope this helps!

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Yes two distinct procedures.

  • A mini lift will lift the lower cheek, jowls, jawline, and a bit of the neck. 
  • A lower eyelid lift will remove the bags under the eyes and tighten the skin 
  • These are separate procedures accomplishing rejuvenation in different areas
  • The procedures can be done at the same time and even under local anesthesia and oral sedation. 

Raymond E. Lee, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 71 reviews

Combined Procedures

Thank you for your question and photo. A mini facelift is an excellent option for contouring the jawline and lifting the jowls. The benefit n the neck tends to be far more modest since the dissection is more limited. An eye lift a.k.a. Blepharoplasty is n entirely separate procedure which is frequently performed in conjunction with facelifting procedures. The combination of the two often results in a harmonious result that is natural and blends the correction of the upper and mid face. A consultation with a board certitude plastic surgeon would be very helpful to address your question and allow for a thorough analysis of your face to formulate the best treatment plan for you. If you are looking for a more substantial change in the neck a Mini will not be adequate
Best of Luck

Lee A. Gibstein, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon

Mini facelift vs. eyelid lift

The mini facelift is a great choice to get rid of jowls and improve the contour along your jawline, making this area smooth.  This is a popular surgery because is addresses a very common problem as our face ages, and the overall recovery time of a min facelift is short (typically a week or less).

Since the eyes are a separate part of the face from the jowls and jawline, a different surgery is done to give you an "eye lift."  This surgery is called a blepharoplasty and essentially removes the drooping, excess skin of the upper eyelid.  

These two procedures are very commonly combined for a few reasons:
1) Often people who get a mini facelift only feel that their eyes "give me away" now that their eyes look more aged than the lower part of the face
2) The 2 surgeries beautifully pair with each other and take care of 2 of the most common areas that people are looking for facial rejuvenation.
3) Doing the surgeries together allows them to be within the same recovery period.  After about 1 week, you have gone through the majority of the healing for both procedures.

Best of luck with your decision.

Kyle T. Yamamoto, MD
Reno Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Do you still need an eye lift if you have a mini face lift?

 Hi, I have performed facelifts for over 30 years and have performed many minimally, invasive type facelifts. From the photos your cheeks are flat anteriorly (in the front), jowls are present and the eyebrows appear low which create the excess upper eyelid fullness. These factors combine to create a rectangular shaped face.

Following the beauty principles outlined in my book on face and body beauty, women look the most feminine, youthful and attractive with heart shaped faces. Heart shaped faces have cheeks that are full and round in the front. Cheek augmentation with a dermal filler or using cheek implants for a permanent enhancement will create full, round cheeks that will feminize the entire face.

A weak chin creates an imbalance making the nose appear larger, the mid face top heavy and the lower face look short that de-emphasizes the lips and allows early formation of a double chin. Chin augmentation using a chin implant will add projection to the chin creating harmony and balance to the lower face. I have found that placement of a silastic chin implant, through a small curved incision under the chin (also allows excess skin removal) to be very safe, quick and highly effective.

If you have "jowls” these are sagging facial tissues and an indication for some form of a SMAS facelift. The underlying SMAS layer, of the face, must be dissected, lifted, trimmed and re-sutured (not merely folded or suspended with threads or sutures that will not last). The excess skin is then removed and the facelift incisions closed.

My most popular facelift is the minimally invasive, short incision facelift that has all the benefits of more invasive facelifts (traditional, mid-face, deep plane, cheek lift and subperiosteal facelifts) but with these added benefits:

  • very small incisions
  • minimal tissue dissection = less bruising and swelling = rapid recovery
  • can be performed in 90 minutes or less, with or without general anesthesia
  • no incisions within the hair = no hair loss
  • excess fat can be removed
  • excess skin removed
  • cheeks, chin and jaw line can be augmented with dermal fillers (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or facial implants
  • most patients fly back home to parts all over the world in as little as 3 days post-op
I combine facial shaping with every facelift procedure. When jowls are present, these should be done in concert and not alone or separately in order to create a naturally, more attractive face. Facelifts remove excess facial tissue from the face but by itself would to affect any excess skin of the upper or lower eyelids. This requires an upper and/or lower Blepharoplasty.

Hope this helps.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews


A mini lift corrects mostly the jowls and upper neck area
A mini lift does not correct lower eye bags or upper eyelid fullness.
Larger necks will need a full facelift to pull out the sagging neck tissues.
Best wishes,
Dr. Denkler

Do I still need an eyelift with a mini lift?

Mini usually refers to a less extensive facelift.  These incisions usually are placed around the ears or in the temple region.  An eyelid surgery incision is placed either in the upper eyelid crease (for upper eyelids) or lower eyelid region (for lower eyelids).

Since each doctor may apply his terminology to their procedures I would consult your surgeon and ask him about this.

From your picture you may benefit from upper eyelids.  Your lower eyelids are difficult to assess as it appears you may be lying on your back which affect the appearance of your lower eyelids.

Ernest Robinson, MD
Aliso Viejo Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Facelift and blepharoplasty for facial aging?

Facelift and blepharoplasty for facial aging? Yes both are needed if your eyes have excess skin or bags and u have sagging cheek and neck skin. 

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

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