The mini-facelift goes by a variety of different names such as “S-lift”, “weekend facelift”, “ponytail facelift” and the “lunchtime facelift”. However, each one is simply a version of the same base procedure. A mini-facelift provides patients with a refreshed look by suspending the SMAS facial muscle, however, the effects are less dramatic than a traditional facelift.

Mini-Facelift Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

avg. recovery
1 weeks
Surgical Procedure
$3500 - $8000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 08.02.2021

Though less dramatic in results, the mini facelift is still an effective option for reducing signs of aging in the face and neck regions. By making a smaller incision point, the mini-facelift can create a rejuvenating effect on the cheek regions and the jowls while reducing post-op recovery time and procedure complications. Variations such as “the s-lift,” the “ponytail facelift” or the “lunchtime facelift” only slightly differ from the mini-facelift and minimally deviate in incision length or placement. These procedures range in cost from $3,500-$8,000. For this procedure, an incision is made at the hairline, extending behind the ear. For this procedure, the incision does not extend into the temporal or upper forehead region unlike its counterparts the SMAS facelift or the deep plane facelift. This allows for a considerably less invasive procedure. With the simple incision made, the surgeon will then raise the SMAS muscle. For this particular procedure, the SMAS can be raised and either plicated or imbricated. To close out the procedure, the incision is then closed and a head dressing is placed on the patient for healing.

Facelifts aim at making the candidate rejuvenate their face for a more youthful look. By "lifting" sagging cheeks and jawline skin, facelifts remove excess skin and tighten underlying tissue and muscle. The goal is usually to correct midface sagging, marionette lines, jowls and double chins.


Mini-Facelift addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Most patients are ambulatory 2 days after a mini-facelift procedure and able to return to work after 1-2 weeks post surgery. Be especially gentle with the face and hair near the incisions. Strenuous activity, including sex and heavy housework should be avoided for at least 2 weeks postoperatively. Avoid activities that can impede the healing process such as drinking alcohol or using steam and sauna rooms.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a mini-facelift is a younger candidate with sagging jowls and minimal neck aging.

Not Recommended For

A mini-facelift is not recommended for patients with more severe facial wrinkling, loose neck skin, or would like to address wrinkling in the eye area as these patients would better benefit from a more traditional facelift approach.

Side Effects

Side effects from a mini-facelift may include bruising, swelling, redness, sensitivity, temporary loss of sensation, and some discomfort. Some patients may experience sensations of tightness as the body adjusts to the feeling of newly repositioned tissues.


  • Smaller incision
  • Smaller scar
  • Shorter recovery time


  • Temporary
  • Upkeep procedures

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