If you want to look refreshed and natural looking but do not have the time for a long recovery, then a mini facelift might be the best option. A mini facelift, also called a sub-total or partial facelift is the perfect procedure for those looking to get rid of the sagging cheek areas and wrinkles in that part of the face. The surgery starts with an incision in the hairline behind your ear with minimal downtime, bruising, and swelling. Scars are hidden in the hairline. It is a good alternative if you are unable to commit to the recovery of a full facelift.
The mini face lift reduces the signs of ageing in the face, cheek, jowls, and often the neck. Other names for the treatment include S-lift, lunchtime facelift, weekend facelift, and ponytail facelift. There are other slight differences, and they all come down to the length of the incisions.
A small incision is made in the hairline and often extends behind the ear. Your surgeon will then tighten muscles on one side of your face at a time, pulling back that area's skin.
The mini face lift will tighten the skin and remove sagging along the jawline, on the cheeks, and reduce wrinkles in this area. Your expert facial plastic surgeon will discuss the options best suited to your face. One advantage of the mini lift is that recovery can be quick, and you can be back to work in less than a week.
A mini facelift is a perfect procedure for eliminating the sagging cheek areas and wrinkles around that area of the face. A mini-facelift can be just what you need to feel refreshed.
The above is determined by the face's facial structure, muscularity or muscle tone, and skin looseness.
A mini face lift is a facial rejuvenation procedure that treats sagging of the cheek area, mouth corners, and can help the jawline. If you are looking to improve laugh lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin in the cheek area and you are in your 40's or 50's, the treatment might be right for you.
We would carry out a mini-lift on a patient in their 60’s, this is often combined with a SMAS, mid to lower facelift. We would not recommend a mini facelift for someone in their 70s due to greater skin and muscle laxity. The full facelift options can be discussed in your consultation.
Compared to the SMAS facelift or the deep plane lift, this procedure does not require an incision in the temporal or upper forehead region. It is a less invasive procedure because it only requires one single cut around your ear. The results are not as prominent as a full facelift however it has other advantages such as a lower down time and less swelling and bruising. You may not need a full facelift. We recommend that you discuss the options with a facial plastic surgeon in a consultation.
We offer specialist facial rejuvenation treatments in the heart of London. Our team of expert plastic surgeons is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive and personalised experience. With our expertise in facial cosmetic surgery, we can help you fight back the years and delicately recover your facial freshness and youthful appearance.
Your journey begins with a dialogue between you and your surgeon: the pre-operative consultation, which is central to the operation's success. At Kensington Medical, patients interested in surgery undergo several consultations with the surgeon. We are keen for our patients to be fully informed before deciding whether to proceed with surgery. So, we encourage them to see the surgeon more than once and ask as many questions as they wish. Typically, our patients go through two pre-operative consultations.
The first consultation tends to be face-to-face. During it, the surgeon will:
Following the first consultation, we will:
A second consultation is often necessary for the following reasons:
The second consultation can also be face-to-face. Alternatively, it can be via a video call.
Following your consultations, our medical team is always available should you have further questions before your surgery.
Once you have decided to go ahead with surgery, we will book your operation in one of our specialist cosmetic surgery hospitals.
Before your operation, you will be sent a health questionnaire. This will be reviewed by your anaesthetist, who may call you to discuss specific aspects of your medical history. In certain cases, you may be required to attend the clinic for blood tests. This will be discussed with you by one of our medical team members before your scheduled appointment date.
We will also issue you with preoperative instructions. In particular:
On The Day Of The Procedure
You will arrive at least one hour before the time of your procedure. The nursing staff at the hospital will monitor your blood pressure and other relevant essentials. You will then meet your anaesthetist and surgeon for a final markup.
The actual operation involves carefully sculpting and repositioning underlying tissue and fat within the face to create a more youthful contour around the eyes, chin, neckline, and jawline area. The result is smoother skin texture while preserving natural facial expressions throughout different movements. The incisions are then closed using sutures. This will leave small scars hidden along areas such as the hairline or scalp, which can fade over time depending on how well they are cared for.
We typically perform this procedure under general anaesthesia. It lasts 2.5h to 3.5h.
Aftercare following a facelift is essential to ensure we achieve optimal results.
Following your surgery, you will be transferred to the hospital’s recovery room, where the nursing staff will ensure that your recovery is smooth. You should stay there for two to four hours, depending on the surgery. Once the nursing team are happy that you are in a fit state to go home, you will leave the hospital accompanied by a friend or a family member. You should also arrange for someone to stay with you overnight for the first night following your operation. Generally, post-operative pain is minimal, but you will be given pain killers in case you need them.
Once you have been discharged from the hospital, our nursing team will be available 24/7 to ensure your post-operative journey is comfortable and pain-free and to field any questions you may have.
Your surgeon will see you a number of times in the weeks following your operation to monitor the facial skin and scars and to support you:
Bruising and swelling can last up to one month following this surgery.
Our medical team will provide detailed aftercare instructions based on your current health status and treatment received, including when it is appropriate for you to resume normal activities such as exercise, wearing makeup, and strenuous movements. It is essential to follow these instructions carefully to avoid complications or risks associated with the procedure.
Protecting your face from sun exposure is especially important, as it can cause scarring, discolouration, and other unwanted side effects. Wear sunscreen when outdoors and use hats or umbrellas if possible. It would be best to avoid strenuous activities involving facial movements, such as exercise and sports, until cleared by our medical team at Kensington Medical.
By following the instructions of our medical team and taking precautions to protect your face, you can ensure that you achieve the best results from facelift surgery. Following a healthy lifestyle with sufficient rest, nutrition, and hydration is essential for healing and maintaining long-term effects. It is strongly recommended to avoid smoking and alcohol consumption before and during the recovery period.
What are the risks associated with a mini facelift?
A mini facelift has fewer risks and a shorter recovery time than a full facelift. Following the procedure, you may experience discomfort and pain, swelling, and bruising. Additionally, your face will be red and sensitive. You might feel numb in your face for a few days while it heals. This response is normal and should go away after 24-48 hours. The risks will be explained in consultation with your plastic surgeon.
What is the recovery time from a mini facelift?
We advise at least two days to rest. Depending on the type of work, you can return to your job in as little as one to two weeks. It is best to avoid strenuous activity for a minimum of two weeks.
What scarring can be expected from a mini facelift?
All scarring is minimal and hidden by the natural contours in the skin and hairline.
How soon will I see results / are they permanent?
The micro or mini facelift is not permanent. Everyone will continue to age. The procedure is popular because it is minimally invasive and quickly addresses wrinkles and sagging skin. Scarring is minimal and recovery can be fast. The results last about three to six years. The results are less dramatic than the full facelift procedure.
How much does a mini facelift cost?
At Kensington Medical located in Harley street and Wimbledon, a mini face lift cost £7,650. If you are interested in finding out more the best option is to contact us to discuss and arrange a personal consultation with our best mini facelift plastic surgeons. They will listen to what you are wanting to achieve, discuss the procedure, the time lines, recovery and look at time lines if you have an event or date you are working towards. A mini facelift is a highly successful procedure, particularly if you are short on time. We have many working professionals who decide to have a mini facelfit for that very reason.
How should I prepare for a mini facelift?
Your facial cosmetic surgeon will discuss how to prepare for the procedure in your face to face consultation. They will discuss your medical history and general lifestyle to ensure that you are in good shape for the procedure and feeling confident.
A full pre-operative medical will detail the steps before and after the mini facelift procedure. We use local anaesthesia and sedation for the procedure, so that you will have a much shorter recovery.
Following the treatment, you will not be able to drive so we advise that you get a friend of family member to look after you. We have a 24 hour phone contact if need be.
When will I see before and after images of a mini facelift?
During your consultation, your surgeon will share before and after images of previous mini facelift patients that they have performed onso that you can see the types of results you should expect.
At Kensington Medical, the process is an exciting journey. A consultation with your mini facelift surgeon is the starting point. At the consultation your Consultant Plastic Surgeon will discuss your mini or micro facelift and any complementary procedures you are having with the cosmetic surgery.
At your consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will have a discussion about your facial structure, skin and muscle laxity, and other concerns. You will be able to see our before and after photos. Your Plastic Surgeon will create a personalised plan so you can achieve your goals which can include ensuring you achieve any dates you may have in mind.
To book a consultation in our Harley street, London or Wimbledon clinic please fill in the contact us form or give us a phone call.