What to expect?

How long does a mini face lift surgery take?

Typically, the procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes between 2-3 hours depending on the number of ancillary procedures performed. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia.

Is the procedure painful?

There is minimal pain associated with the procedure, and any discomfort is controlled well by oral pain medication.

Will the face lift surgery remove my wrinkles?

No. The facelift procedure will elevate the sagging skin, especially of the lower face, and remove some of the larger folds/wrinkles. Other smaller wrinkles of the skin will continue to be visible after the surgery and may need laser resurfacing or chemical peels to improve the quality in such areas as the upper lip, chin, and forehead.

How long will the effects of the surgery last?

Typically, the results of the surgery last between seven and ten years; sometimes less, sometimes more, depending on the aging process, quality of skin, and exposure to the environment. After that, the face will begin to sag again, but obviously, the patient will still appear better than if no surgery was performed. At some point in the future, the patient may wish to have a secondary lifting to counteract the continuing effects of gravity and aging.

How long before I recover from the surgery?

Patients recover from the initial effects of the surgery within three days. There will, however, be swelling, discoloration, and restricted activity for at least 10-14 days which may mean you will want to work from home if possible. By the third week, patients can resume their normal lifestyles. Temporary effects may include tightness, irregularities, numbness, and weakness of muscles.

What alternatives are there?

Facial peels, fat injections and liposuction, and the use of laser resurfacing are some of the other techniques that can be used to improve facial appearance. However, they all have limitations, and their best uses are as ancillary procedures to surgical facelifts. Although improvements can be expected with their use as single procedures, the patient with truly sagging skin will not benefit from these interventions alone.

How much does a mini-facelift cost?

For pricing ranges, please take a look at our prices page.

What is a Mini facelift ?

Mini Facelift - A procedure performed to remove excess skin of the cheek and jowl areas, as well as tighten the muscles to give a more youthful appearance.

Surgery in Office

The face lift procedure can be performed under local anesthesia in our office and takes 2-3 hours.


You may need to have someone stay with you the night after the facial rejuvenation surgery and can usually resume work in 7-10 days. The cost of a mini facelift includes the operating room fee and all of your follow-up visits.

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