The Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is referred to and marketed by many different names including the ‘S lift’, ‘short scar facelift’, ‘weekend facelift’, ‘Lifestyle lift’ and others. The procedure was developed years ago as a more limited version of a SMAS facelift and is aimed at younger people, in their late 30’s to 40’s, with more limited aging changes. Over the years subtle variations have been created and marketed as ‘new’ in order to entice people who are fearful of facelifts or are looking for a less expensive alternative.

Since a minilift is a more limited version of a SMAS facelift, it uses shorter incisions, effects smaller areas and produces a limited, short duration result. Typically it has minimal effect on deeper sagging tissue which creates our prominent nasolabial folds and neck laxity.

Because it often relies on skin pulling and tightening there is a greater chance of producing a tight or plastic appearance. This is especially true when a minilift is done on a person who has greater aging changes, such as jowls or neck changes. Surgeons who try to achieve too much result from a minilift can produce an unnatural appearance with obvious scars because of tension on the skin layer of the face.

Today a deep-plane midface lift is the preferred technique for younger people with more limited aging changes. Since this technique focuses on repositioning the deeper facial tissues there is no excess tightness on the skin, producing consistently natural results. Utilizing shorter incision lines and manipulating smaller areas, recovery is usually quicker.

Are You a Candidate for a Midfacelift?

The ideal age for a midfacelift candidate depends on the degree of aging changes an individual manifests. Different faces from different families can age at different rates. Most people are in their late 30’s to 40’s. In general, a person is appropriate for midfacelift when they have changes such as prominent nasolabial folds or jowls but have minimal aging changes in their neck.

Often a midfacelift will prevent or slow further neck changes from occurring because the deep-plane layer that is repositioned is connected to the muscle layer that becomes loose in our necks. Similar to more complete facelifts, it is common to approach other areas of the face, such as eyes and/or forehead, in conjunction with a midfacelift.