Mini Facelift FAQs


    You may have heard people refer to a mini facelift as a weekend facelift. While there is undoubtedly less downtime required for this procedure, a weekend is a little inaccurate. The healing process can be hard to quantify as everyone heals differently. Some patients have previously been able to return to work a week after surgery, while others need several weeks to recover from swelling or other side effects properly.

    Mini Facelift

    Face with Rhinoplasty

    In extreme cases, the actual results of the procedure are not evident until a year post-surgery. All of this being said, a mini facelift is classed as an outpatient procedure. This means that you will not have to remain overnight, and will be allowed to head home after your procedure. When home, you should focus on resting, wear a compression garment, and avoid any strenuous activity. The less strain placed on your body during recovery, the sooner you are likely to heal.

    The longevity of the results of a mini facelift will vary for each patient but should last anywhere between eight to ten years. During this time, however, the aging process continues, which works against the work of the procedure.

    There is a range of non-surgical treatments that help the results of a mini facelift to last for as long as possible, including:

    • Ablative laser treatments for skin blemishes
    • Cosmetic injections to target fine lines and wrinkles
    • Dermal filler injections for the lips, cheeks, and various other areas of the face
    • Liposuction which can target stubborn fat, restoring definition to specific areas of the face
    • Radiofrequency technology that can tighten skin

    The main goal of the mini facelift is to replenish the jaw and neck line contour. This can create a refreshed, youthful look that takes a few years off while helping people to feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance.

    A Mini-Lift is a minimal incision procedure on the lower two-thirds of the face that elevates and “fixes” the underlying tissues. The results always look more natural than just tightening the skin.

    The advantage of a minimal incision procedure over a traditional one is less scarring and less “down-time” while maintaining the longer lasting and more natural result of a complete facelift procedure by securing the lax underlying SMAS and muscle tissues.


    Before and After a Mini-Lift by Dr Hodgkinson

    Definitely not. As we age, we begin to notice some excess wrinkling around our eyes, jowling and maybe some thickness under our chin and around the neck.

    The whole idea of waiting until 60 for a one-off facelift has gone. There has been a growing trend over the past ten years for people in their late 30s and early 40s to actively seek facelifting. In this age group the skin starts to give way to gravity—the brow may droop a little and the skin around the eyes loosen. However, muscle and ligament tone is still quite elastic and patients usually require less extensive rejuvenating techniques.

    Dr. Hodgkinson will minimise incisions by using less invasive techniques, often using the endoscope or limited incision surgery. Usually some tightening of the underlying muscle and ligament tissue is enough. The jowls and neck area can be tightened and the brow-lift procedure can elevate the corners of the eyes and also tighten the upper cheek area to restore the youthful contours of the face.

    Before and After Facelift by Dr Hodgkinson