What is a Mini Facelift?

Photo of a beautiful smiling woman—what is a Mini Facelift?

For many cosmetic surgery patients, a full facelift isn’t an option due to factors like recovery time, invasiveness, or cost. Other patients don’t need the high level of change produced by a full rhytidectomy and are just looking for a way to refresh their youthful appearance without drastic changes. Whatever the case may be, a mini facelift is often the ideal solution for patients interested in the idea of facial cosmetic surgeries.

What Exactly is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift goes by several different names, including a mini lift, short scar facelift, MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) lift, or “S” lift. Although there are many variations of the name, often used interchangeably, each one describes this modified version of the traditional facelift. It varies from a full facelift in many ways, including the type of incision, length, type of lifting technique, and the amount of dissection.

Depending on your surgeon’s recommendations, there is a range of specific techniques that can be used in a short scar lift. The most common approach is called the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) method, but other methods include skin-only lifts and deep plane lifts. Many patients are surprised to learn that MACS have been practiced for about a century, with 1919 marking the first official documentation of the procedure. Today, numerous advancements have made mini lifts an excellent option for patients looking to reinvigorate their facial structure.

The Benefits

A mini facelift offers a range of benefits that appeal to many patients, including:

• A renewed, youthful appearance

• Subtle and natural, yet effective

• Typically shortened recovery time

• Reduced surgery time

• Potential for avoiding general anesthesia

• Minimal risks

• Less swelling

• Decreased surface area healing

Is it Right for You?

Minimal facelifts are generally recommended for younger patients, or those who are seeking a minor “touch up” rather than a full lift. If you have a significant amount of loose skin, such as excess sagging neck skin, or severe tissue laxity, a full facelift may be a better fit for optimal results. Find out if having your face lifted is right for you by contacting our office today.