In recent times, cosmetic anti-aging procedures have gained mainstream acceptance. Many of these procedures focus on facial rejuvenation, aiming to restore the youthful appearance of the face.

Facial rejuvenation can be achieved through surgical and/or non-surgical procedures, which have varied invasiveness and depth of treatment. While some prefer less invasive treatments like dermal fillers and injections, only surgical facial rejuvenation offers longer-lasting results.


A rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a facelift, is cosmetic surgery used to smooth away wrinkles and age lines in order to create a more youthful appearance. It involves the removal of excess facial skin, the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the face and neck.

The Mini-Facelift

Mini-facelift surgery is the most common type of facelift surgery. While a full facelift is a major surgical procedure used to tighten the skin of the face, a mini-facelift is a relatively minor procedure that focuses on easing mild sagging around the cheeks, jawline, and neck. It addresses wrinkles and sagging skin on the lower third of the face.

This surgery removes excess tissue and helps outline the chin by tightening the remaining tissue. It defines the jawline by removing the excess fat and sagging skin to help restore a youthful appearance.

Benefits of the Mini-Facelift

The mini-facelift is an ideal choice for those looking for precise facial rejuvenation that is long-lasting but less invasive. It offers a number of benefits:

  • Conservative treatment: By primarily addressing the lower third of the face and neck, the procedure complements the natural features.
  • Efficiency: This surgery takes less time compared to a complete facelift.
  • Minimal side effects: This procedure results in less swelling, bruising, and tenderness compared to full-facelift surgery.
  • Minimal post-surgical marks: Natural facial contours and the hairline conceal the incision made for the procedure.
  • Twilight anesthesia: The procedure can be done using twilight sedation and local anesthesia in order to avoid the potential risks involved with general anesthesia.
  • Quicker recovery time: Mini-facelifts only require three to five days of recovery, whereas traditional facelifts take four to five weeks to recover from.
  • Less post-surgical discomfort: The amount of post-procedure pain and discomfort is minimal, since the mini-facelift is less invasive.

Since it is a less invasive surgery, the mini-facelift yields less dramatic results than a traditional facelift. Because of this, it is recommended for younger patients who are beginning to show signs of facial aging.

The results achieved by a mini-facelift don’t last as long as those achieved by a full facelift. Patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle can expect their results to last longer than those who don’t.

Set Up Your Facelift Consultation

To decide on the best facelift option for you, set up a consultation with Dr. Andrew Compton, an experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Compton will be available to examine your face and discuss your aesthetic goals with you. The two of you will go over your medical history, including any allergies you may have, and he will then create a surgical plan.