The term mini facelift refers to a facelift surgery that is a less invasive procedure than a SMAS or deep plane traditional facelift. With a mini facelift, the muscle fibrous layer of the face and facial tissue or underlying tissues are not cut into or opened up. Rather, the entire lift is performed on the outer layers of the face. The way this is done is that sutures that are more long term are tied into the outer muscle. This gives an immediate lift of the face and the neck. Once the facial muscle has been lifted the residual loose skin is cut out from around the ear. The other reason that this is called a mini facelift is that the extent of the undermining of the tissue is reduced. In some facelifts, the entire cheek is elevated as well as a cut approximately 10 inches into the back of the scalp. With the mini facelift, only about 5 cm of skin is lifted in front of the ear and mostly the incision cuts are directly adjacent to the front and posterior of the ears.
No, the mini lift still gives a nice cosmetic result and a finer facial appearance. It is almost identical to how one would look if they stood in front of the mirror and pushed the skin of their cheeks towards the front of the ears. This is actually what happens when the sutures are placed in the muscle and the loose skin and excess skin is removed. Most patients like a mini lift because of the natural results. That means that they will not have the startled or pulled look which scares a lot of people.
The mini facelift results are mostly seen on the lower face, where there is sagging skin and fine lines. Commonly, the jawline and jowls area tend to sag and droop, which are often signs of ageing, making those with this issue a good candidate for the mini facelift cosmetic procedure. This may present as a heavy fold between the cheek and the lip and chin called the nasolabial fold or the marionette fold. The other area where the results will be seen is on the neck. If one takes a photograph of themselves side-on, often there is a direct angle of skin, fat, and muscle from the edge of the chin to the neck. This means that there is no acute sharp angle of the neck. An ideal youthful neck is at 90 degrees to the face. I often comment that if one looks just at the side of the neck with the skin hanging down, it may have an appearance of someone in their 80’s. Yet, once that skin has been pulled back and there is a sharp angle, the facial appearance could be of someone in their 20’s, giving off a youthful appearance and slowing down the aging process but with natural results. The patient does not look 60 years younger all over, but just in that direct area. That is the sort of facial rejuvenation one can hope for when it comes to a mini facelift.
Nerve damage can occur with any facelift. However, the main nerves that are of concern for muscular movement of the face are actually under the main muscles or the underlying muscle and out of the area where one performs a mini facelift. Having said that, there is a variation to every patient and one cannot be absolutely sure. To date, we have not seen more long-term facial injuries. Bruising can cause temporary facial weakness or numbness which are normal facelift results.
A suture facelift is just the stitching of the skin with a small incision behind the ear. There is no excision of the skin in the usual situation. Having said that, there are some forms of suture lifts where I will cut a little bit of facial skin out from in front of the ear. The essential difference is that in a suture lift, one is suturing the skin and in a mini facelift one is suturing the underlying muscle.
No. The eyes generally are not pulled as it is outside the vector and angle of the mini facelift. Many patients do have eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) at the same time as well as skin and facial rejuvenation. Erbium laser resurfacing can be used to treat the wrinkles around the face to reduce the creases although the erbium would only be used in the lighter mode when one gets to the outer face.
An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for Male Mini Face Lift procedures. Men now make up a large proportion of patients seeking liposuction and cosmetic facelift surgery on the face, midface and neck.Request consultation
No. The scars from the neck lift surgery are behind the ear. The scars from the facelift are on the front of the ear. Fortunately, the scars are not that prominent. Please note that recovery time varies for patients.
Fortunately, keloids are more common in other areas such as the chest and the back or on the ears. Keloids don’t tend to come so commonly around the ears but always remain a risk. However, side effects are not always the same for everyone.
No. Mini facelifts can be just the face, just the neck, or the face and the neck. Often, we do the face and the neck together as they form one harmonious unit.
People like the mini facelift as the results tend to be natural and most people can keep it a secret, because the risks are lower since it is less invasive than a full facelift, and the scars are less as it is mostly just around the ears and can be covered by the hairline.
Click on the picture above to see a range of ‘before & after’ pictures of Dr. Lanzer’s amazing face liposuction results.
View a recent Channel 7 ‘Today Tonight’ episode where Dr. Lanzer’s neck and chin liposuction procedure are discussed.
Yes. We do understand that a lot of people like to see other people’s results. On our website, we have many real-life patients results that patients can look at. We also have videos that allow patients to see how the facelift surgical procedure was performed and which are the areas where the cut occurs. Otherwise, we can have previous patients speak to prospective patients if that will make them feel better about facial surgery. Although recovery time and side effects differ for all patients.
Daniel Lanzer has retired. He is no longer a registered medical practitioner. This website is currently under review.