If you want the freshly revitalized look of a traditional facelift without going through a more elaborate surgical procedure and a longer recovery period, consider getting a mini facelift.

What is a mini facelift? 

Traditionally, a facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that tightens and lifts sagging facial tissues to offer a more youthful and smoother appearance.

A mini facelift is a modified version of a traditional face life where you can get the same smooth skin with a less invasive procedure.

You can be a candidate for a mini facelift if you have started having sagging issues with your face and want a more revitalized, youthful look.

Despite being a “mini facelift,” the procedure involves invasive cosmetic surgery. Like all major surgeries, the procedure comes with the risks of infections, pain, bruising, visible scarring, earlobe deformity, and nerve damage.


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How is a mini facelift different than a full facelift? 

While a traditional facelift requires long incisions around the ears with a series of incisions within the hairline, a mini facelift uses shorter incisions at the hairline and near the ears with a shorter recovery time.

Typically, mini facelifts take a modern, more selective approach to lifting facial sagging skin. It requires shorter incisions along the front of the ear where special instruments are used to pull back sagged tissue from a wider area.

Mini facelifts are usually best for patients with less prominent skin sagging issues. They can be less rejuvenating and have a lower lasting effect than a full facelift.

What does a mini facelift do?

A mini facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that targets the lower half of the face to correct the sagging skin in the jawline and neck. Compared to a traditional facelift, a mini facelift offers a less comprehensive lift, concentrating on restoring the more common and visible signs of an aging face.

Here are some benefits of getting a mini facelift:

  • The treatment is mostly effective for people who have begun to show signs of sagging face.
  • Your skin will be lifted, and the excess skin will be removed. That helps lower the appearance of wrinkles while tightening the skin around your face.
  • You will get a more youthful and radiant appearance that will boost your confidence;
  • Unlike a traditional facelift, a mini facelift requires fewer incisions and a shorter recovery period, allowing you to resume your normal activities faster.

What factors affect the cost of a mini facelift? 

Mini facelifts are cosmetic procedures that medical insurance companies may not cover. Some of the biggest factors that affect your mini facelift costs are:

The location of the center.

Unsurprisingly, getting a mini facelift in metro cities can be way more expensive than in smaller towns. In particular, practices in high-end cities, like New York or LA, have higher overhead for rent, salaries, and other expenses, which gets passed on to the patients, increasing your overall cost.

The cosmetic surgeon’s expertise.

The cost of a mini facelift can often rise depending on the cosmetic plastic surgeon's expertise, reputation, and professional knowledge.

Where the surgical procedure is performed.

You can expect to pay a lot less when the mini facelift surgery is performed in an outpatient center at a private practice or a shared facility instead of a hospital center.

The type of anesthesia used and how administers it.

Mini facelifts can be performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation, where you are relaxed and comfortable while conscious, or under general anesthesia, where you are fully unconscious.

Also, where the surgeon administers the local anesthesia, it can lower your bill by 10 to 25% bringing down your overall cost.

In contrast, if general or twilight anesthesia is used, it has to be administered by an anesthesiologist or a nurse practitioner who would monitor you throughout the procedure for heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure.

Engaging an anesthesiologist or a nurse practitioner would require you to pay a higher fee that will raise your overall procedure costs.

The extent of your procedure.

A mini facelift can be customized based on the aesthetic expectation of the patient and the extent of sagging.

Depending on the individual goals and expectations, your surgeon can recommend a few other treatments, like a mini neck lift, eyelid surgery, or a brow lift with the mini facelift procedure.

Having multiple procedures can raise your bill by thousands of dollars. If you want total face rejuvenation and can afford the additional costs, it makes sense to combine a few of them in the same procedure to help you get the desired look.

Combining several procedures can also help you save on anesthesia fees, surgeon’s fees, and facility fees while reducing the overall recovery time.

What is the cost of a mini facelift? 

A mini facelift costs around $ 8,767 on average, ranging from a minimum of $3,500 to as much as $18,000.

Typically, the price quote for a mini facelift will include the following:

  • The consultation fee as applied to your procedure
  • The surgeon’s fee
  • The facility fee
  • The cost of any pre-operative medical tests or clearance
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Charges for follow-up appointments

Other expenses may include pain medications and recovery supplies.

Our fees for a mini facelift at the Houston Center of Plastic Surgery range between $7200-8000. The price includes an office procedure with sedation by an anesthesiologist (all fees inclusive).

A typical breakdown of the cost is:

  • Doctor fee - $5,800
  • Surgery assist - $250
  • Supply fee - $110
  • Anesthesia - $1,600

Get a Younger-Looking Face with Dr. Patt!

For more insights on mini facelifts and to gain an expert opinion on the procedure and cost related to it, book a consultation with Dr. Patt of the Houston Center of Facial Plastic Surgery.

In addition to the surgical procedures, Dr. Patt performs non-surgical skin treatments like Microdermabrasion, Botox, and Fractional Laser Resurfacing to improve skin quality and tone.

If you are concerned about age-related face sagging, getting help in obtaining a younger, flawless face is just a phone call away.

Dr. Patt and the staff would love to hear from you. Book an appointment here or call (281) 649-7170 to schedule a consultation.


July 25 2023 |

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