Mini Facelift Overview
A mini facelift, also known as the weekend facelift, quick lift, or lifestyle lift, treats mild to moderate signs of aging on the face. A mini facelift may include removing excess skin throughout the face and tightening areas like the cheeks, the jawline, and the neck. A mini facelift uses smaller incisions, costs less, and has a shorter recovery period than a traditional, full facelift. Dr. James Gordon, an award-winning oculofacial plastic surgeon, performs mini-facelifts to rejuvenate and refresh the faces of his patients in Westchester County and New York City. For more dramatic results, patients may consider combining a mini facelift with another procedure, such as laser skin resurfacing or eyelid surgery.
Mini Facelift Reviews
"Whenever I do anything serious, such as consider an operation like this, I do a ton of research. I spent days reviewing all the different plastic surgeons in Manhattan to figure out who would be best to do a potential blepharoplasty on my lower lids. I wanted someone with a ton of experience, recognized for excellence in their field, honest, and also someone young enough such that they still had great motor skills and a very precise hand. That search led me to Dr. James Gordon. I live in Brooklyn, but I went all the way out to Marmaroneck in Westchester to see him (not too bad actually, just take the train to Grand Central, then a 1 hour MTA train to Mamaroneck). Out of all the doctors, he was the only one that far, but I decided he was worth it, I honestly could not find one person who wasn't singing his praises. Here's what happened when I got there for the free consultation. He told me he wasn't going to do a blepharoplasty on me. And that was a pretty incredible thing to hear. Many doctors, just like other professions, have people who will try to upsell you, convince you that you need something more, or even make you feel bad about yourself so you consider something you don't need. Dr. Gordon was the opposite. I've always been self-conscious about dark circles under my eyes and wrinkles under them when I smile. He talked to me about this, told me surgery wasn't the way, suggested some other alternatives if I really wanted them, but even said "Hey, you don't even need "- Anonymous / RateMDs / Apr 29, 2015
"Dr Gordon is Top-Notch - I Look Forward to a Long Relationship - Mamaroneck, NY - Top-notch, first-class - see details above"- K. / RealSelf / Aug 24, 2015
"I am a Greenwich resident... born & raised here so I'm pretty stuck in this area from groceries, hair salons, stores and physicians. My first time "venture" out of Greenwich was my consultation with Dr. James Gordon from Westchester / New York. His credentials impressed me so much that I took the first leap out of my comfort zone. I am not the least disappointed but full of gratitude to this superb doctor who fixed me with beautiful eyelids and glowing skin. I highly recommend Dr. Gordon to all my friends in Greenwich!"- M. / Wellness / Jun 21, 2015
Mini Facelift Surgical Technique
Dr. Gordon can perform an SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) mini facelift with the patient under IV sedation in his accredited surgical facility. Based on the patient’s surgical goals, Dr. Gordon will remove excess skin, fat, and tissue before smoothing the facial muscles and remaining skin.
Mini Facelift During/After Surgery
A mini facelift generally takes 2 – 3 hours to complete. Most patients will be able to return home for their recovery after being observed and checked after the procedure. Dr. Gordon will give each patient aftercare instructions that will help them heal faster and with less pain. Patients should expect to have temporary side effects like bruising, swelling, redness, and mild discomfort as the body heals, but this should subside within 7 – 10 days after the procedure. Dr. Gordon asks his patients to return 1 – 2 weeks after their procedure so he can examine the patient’s results and monitor their recovery process.
Mini Facelift Expected Cost
A mini facelift can cost between $6,000 and $8,000 depending on the extent of the procedure. Dr. Gordon will be able to discuss the recommended treatment plan and his surgical coordinator will review the pricing.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $6,000 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 7 - 10 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 - 2 Weeks
Mini Facelift FAQs
Since the mini facelift is a more conservative procedure, most patients achieve a more natural improvement than they would with a full facelift. The mini facelift subtly enhances and defines the face so patients look younger and more attractive, but not overdone.
The results of a mini facelift are both permanent and not. The treatment will be there permanently, but the natural effects of aging and gravity will continue and this will affect the patient’s overall appearance. Many patients use injectables, like wrinkle fillers and wrinkle relaxers, to help maintain their results after a few years.
There is no best age to get a mini facelift or a full facelift. Every person ages differently based on their skin type, genetics, skin care, and other factors. Some patients may be ready for a mini facelift in their 40s, while other patients may not consider facial surgery until their 60s or 70s. Patients should not focus on their age, but on how a mini facelift could improve their appearance and boost their confidence.