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.
- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
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.
What to Expect
The mini-facelift suspends the SMAS facial muscle, however, the effects are less dramatic than a traditional facelift. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a mini facelift.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Do not eat or drink for at least 6 hours before
- Local anesthesia with sedation
- Incision is made at the hairline, extending behind the ear but not to the upper forehead
- SMAS muscle is raised
- SMAS muscle is either plicated or imbricated
- Sutures to close
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.
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 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.