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What is a Mini-Lift?

A Mini-Lift is a modifed facelift used to resuspend the midface, jowls, or neck with less-invasive surgery compared to a traditional “full” surgical facelift. The main advantages are a shorter recovery period and smaller incisions. A Mini-Lift is often combined with facial liposuction, laser skin resurfacing, or injectables to create a natural result.  

How do I know if I am a good candidate for undergoing Mini-Lift resuspension?

Mini-Lifts are used for less severe aging changes which typically begin in the 4th-5th decade of life including the loss of skin elasticity, loose skin, loss of jawline definition, and jowling. If you are interested in preventing further aging changes or prefer a more natural intervention that avoids injectables, Mini-Lift resuspension is a good choice. If you have more extensive jowling, neck laxity, heavy facial volume (fat), or drooping of the midface, then you would not be an ideal candidate for Mini-Lift. A full facelift would be a better option for you.

How is Mini-Lift resuspension performed?

Mini-Lift is short for mini-facelift and the surgery is targeted to a specific area (i.e. jowls or neck or midface). The incisions are relatively smaller and usually made in the hairline around the temples or behind the ears. Sometimes a suture/thread is used to help reposition fat pads and soft tissue. Typically a portion of facial muscle and associated fascia is tightened and a small portion of skin is removed. Surgery is done under light or moderate sedation with local anesthesia and usually takes 1-2 hours to complete.

Are there any disadvantages or risks of Mini-Lift resuspension?

The main disadvantage of a Mini-Lift is that it is, in fact, a “Mini-” intervention. This means the surgical result is less robust than a traditional full facelift so patient selection is very important. It will not work for more severe facial aging changes or heaviness.  

What is the recovery after Mini-Lift resuspension?

There is usually mild discomfort, bruising, redness and swelling for 1-2 weeks.

How much does Mini-Lift resuspension cost?

Depending on case complexity, adjunct procedures, and surgeon expertise, the price can range between $3,000 to $8,000.


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Dr. Basil Hassouneh

Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Basil Hassouneh MD FRCSC has highly focused expertise in nasal and facial surgery. He performs hundreds of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical treatments including rhinoplasty and face-lifts each year in a diverse international practice that includes Toronto and Dubai.

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