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Mini Facelift surgery: everything You Need to Know

A mini facelift is an alternative to the traditional full facelift. It can be performed under local anaesthetic with minimal recovery time. It’s perfect for those who want to see a change in their appearance, but don’t want major surgery.

Who Is a Suitable Candidate for Mini Facelift Surgery?

Also referred to as a ‘weekend facelift’, it is less dramatic than a traditional face and neck lift. It is suitable for individuals with well-defined bone structure and good skin elasticity. For those with minor signs of ageing, it creates a smoother, more uplifted contour.

However, it does not address severe signs of facial ageing. Thus, with a mini facelift, jowls that are heavy or deep folds of skin may not improve as much as you desire.

What Will a Mini Facelift Improve?

In common with a full facelift, the surgery improves skin laxity in the lower face and neck by:

  • Tightening sagging skin
  • Firming the neck area underneath the chin
  • Defining the jawline
  • Improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

What are the Advantages of a Mini Lift?

While many of us are used to having regular cosmetic procedures, cosmetic surgery is a big step. Thus, the mini facelift has several advantages over a full facelift in terms of downtime. Although, it must be remembered that it is not as extensive and has limitations. Results are not as long-lasting with a mini face lift, but your genes and lifestyle play a role.

The various aspects of a mini facelift may be more advantageous than others and include:

  • A shorter recovery time
  • Local anaesthetic is an option
  • Little or no pre-operative testing required
  • Recovery is quicker
  • Going back to work in days rather than weeks
  • Cost is considerably less than full facelifts

Another benefit of a mini facelift is it may be combined with other procedures. You can get a tailor-made result by targetting other areas of concern. For example, eyelid surgery or a brow lift can improve wrinkles in the upper face. This can give you a much more youthful look overall.

What is the Difference Between a Mini Facelift and a Lower Facelift?

The lines between what is a mini facelift and what is a lower facelift are somewhat blurred. They are performed in the same way, with the same incision technique.

But, the lower facelift concentrates on the jawline and neck. However, the mini facelift can provide some tightening in the cheeks, as well as the neck and jawline.

What Is the Procedure for a Mini Facelift?

The mini facelift is typically performed as an out-patient. Surgery lasts for around 1.5 hours and most patients opt for a local anaesthetic with conscious sedation.

The focus of the surgery is to lift sagging skin. This is addressed by making small incisions in the hairline above each of the ears.

The skin tissues are pulled upwards through the cheeks which pulls the skin taught. Excess skin is excised, and the remaining soft tissues joined together and sutured. Mini facelift scars are minimal because of the smaller incisions.

What is the Downtime?

After surgery, you should take things easy for at least a day or two. You will have stitches that may need to stay in place for up to 10 days. It is likely you will have some bruising and swelling. You should not participate in strenuous exercise or contact sports until you have been advised you can.

Typically, it may take several weeks to recover fully from a mini facelift. However, most people continue with their everyday activities after just a few days.


The mini facelift cost depends on many factors, including the time of surgery and the costs associated with admission to the clinic.

Without knowing the patient, we do not offer approximate prices since each patient is different. But we know that the economic factor is important when making the decision.

For this reason, we offer the patient the possibility of coming to the clinic facilities for a free and no obligation first visit. You will be able to consult with the surgeon all your doubts or concerns. The medical team will offer the best solution and the best price for your mini facelift.

Ask for a quote today and we’ll help you decide which method of facial rejuvenation is best suited for you.

How Do I Know If a Mini Facelift Procedure is For Me?

The first consultation is the best way to determine if a mini facelift is right for you. It’s crucial you discuss your goals with a plastic surgeon with expertise in facial surgery. They will perform a thorough evaluation of the excess tissue in your face to determine the best solution.

With more than 20 years of experience, Doctor Jesús Benito is an internationally renowned aesthetic specialist. His expertise lies in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. He is a member of several international professional societies, including the:

  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS)

Dr Benito Ruiz is a sought-after speaker at international congresses, he has published work in dozens of scientific magazines. Additionally, he has participated in research projects and clinical trials.

He will discuss all the risks and benefits of the most appropriate types of surgery. You are free to talk through every aspect of the surgery with him. In fact, it is preferable that you do so that you feel comfortable and assured you are in good hands.

Cosmetic surgery is a big undertaking. Feeling confident is paramount to you having a positive experience and a good outcome.

Doctor Jesús Benito: Publications:

  • Absorbable screws in endoscope-assisted forehead lifting. Benito J, Camargo VJ, Torres A.Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2003
  • Lifting medio facial. VI Reunión de la Sociedad de Cirugía Plástica, reparadora y Estética de la Comunidad Valenciana. 28-29 de octubre de 2005. Valencia
  • Are lifting techniques for midface rejuvenation outdated? Congreso de EASAPS, Madrid 28 y 29 de noviembre de 2014.


The first visit is free and without obligation.

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    Antiaging Group Barcelona

    Ronda del General Mitre, 84, 08021 (Barcelona, Spain)

    Nearest Metro Stations: Les Tres Torres / La Bonanova

    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito
    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito