Mini Facelift

Mini Facelift

A facelift eliminates loose and sagging skin on your face and neck, creating a tighter and more youthful appearance.

1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the following day. You should be able to return to your normal activities after one week. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after a week. Vigorious activities such as going to the gym, can be resumed after approximately four weeks.

2. I’m worried about pain.
There is slight pain or discomfort following a mini facelift but for most, swelling and bruising reduces within a week.

3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.

4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedures is performed under sedation anasthesia.

5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive your a tailored quote for your treatment.  Please call us on 01709 464200 or email if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.


A mini facelift is a less invasive version of the traditional facelift, which can improve sagging cheeks, jowls and tighten the jaw line. The incisions are typically shorter and recovery time quicker. As the surgery is less extensive, swelling and bruising is limited, allowing you to return to work more quickly. The aim of a mini facelift is to give you a subtle, natural, refreshed or well-rested appearance.

What Are The Advantages Of Mini Facelift?

Mini facelift can produce excellent results in selected patients. Advantages include;

  • Surgery is carried out under sedation anaesthesia, therefore patients avoid the unpleasant effects of general anaesthesia.
  • Minimal scarring.
  • Quicker recovery than a traditional facelift.

During your consultation, your Surgeon will examine your face and discuss your goals. A mini facelift is not suited for everyone so we will discuss the best option for you. Patients with neck bands, excess neck skin, heavy jowls and midface descent are better served with a high-SMAS facelift or a midface lift. Your Surgeon will explain what these procedures involve.

Some patients may benefit from additional procedures such as facial fat grafting or laser skin resurfacing to help achieve the look they desire.

Am I Good Candidate For A Mini Facelift?

The best candidates for a mini facelift are;

  • Younger patients who have mild jowls and mild sagging of the neck, and are not yet appropriate for a traditional facelift.
  • Those who have elastic skin and good bone structure.
  • Those who are generally healthy and do not have a medical condition that could impede healing.
  • Non smoker.
  • Those who have realistic expectations of the results and willing to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions.


A mini facelift is performed under sedation anaesthesia and this will allow you to sleep during the procedure and wake up comfortably at the end.

The incisions are typically shorter than for a traditional facelift and located along the temporal hairline, in front of the ear, and a variable length behind the earlobe. Through the incision, the deep muscular layer (known as Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System or SMAS) is tightened, the skin is tightened and the excess removed.

Tightening the SMAS is an essential component of mini facelift as it raises sagging facial tissue to create a natural well-rested look, without the windswept appearance.

Recovery From Mini Facelift

Recovery following a mini facelift is generally quicker than that of a traditional facelift. While some swelling and bruising can be expected, these side effects are usually less extensive than after a traditional facelift. This usually resolves after seven to ten days. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities after about one week. Going to the gym or other vigorous activity can usually be resumed after four weeks. The final result however, may not be apparent for a number of weeks.

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Possible Risks

As with any surgery, facelift does have some risks associated with it. These include;

Scars / poor scarring – in the vast majority of patients, the facelift incision heals very well. In some patients however, the scars may become red, raised or asymmetric (appear different on the right and left side of the face).
Bruising and swelling – bruising and swelling is expected but rarely, can persist for several weeks.

Bleeding and haematoma formation – it is possible, though unusual, to experience a bleeding episode during or after surgery. Should post-operative bleeding occur, emergency treatment may be necessary to drain the accumulated blood.

Infection – very rarely an infection can arise which may require treatment with antibiotics or further surgery.

Delayed wound healing – delayed wound healing is possible.

Asymmetry – there is always a risk of asymmetry whenever surgery is performed on both sides of the body. It is important to understand that nearly everyone has some pre-existing asymmetry e.g. the right cheekbone may be fuller than the left etc.

Nerve injury – motor and sensory nerves may be injured during a facelift resulting in weakness or loss of facial movements.

Numbness around the ears

Skin necrosis – very rarely, blood supply to the skin may be compromised so as to result in skin necrosis. This risk is higher in smokers.

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

Kinvara Private Hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, we cannot guarantee specific results.

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