What is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift, as the name suggests, is a less invasive alternative to traditional facelift cosmetic surgery. People who want a maintenance procedure or smooth away minor aging signs from certain areas of the face with minimal discomfort and downtime may choose a mini facelift procedure. The procedure can also help to delay the onset of facial aging for younger people.

During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain the differences between a full facelift and a mini facelift, and help the patient make the right choice according to their personal cosmetic needs.

Board certified and prolific plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides mini facelift and various other procedures to patients in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding communities in The Silver State.



Unlike a traditional facelift plastic surgery, a mini facelift involves reduced risk and a rapid recovery. The procedure is ideally suited for busy moms and working people who are seeking a quick procedure that can help them achieve superficial facial rejuvenation or correct mild skin laxity in the face.

The procedure involves re-positioning of the sagging facial structures and attaching them to the cheekbones. Skin laxity is reduced and the underlying weak tissue is tightened vertically.

Another advantage with a mini facelift is that it can be performed using only local anesthesia. This avoids the risk, discomfort and cost associated with general anesthesia. The procedure is often called a “weekend lift” because of the limited downtime involved. Post-operative pain and discomfort is also minimal in case of a mini facelift.



While the benefits of a mini facelift are numerous, it is usually appropriate only in cases where the underlying facial tissue has not lost its firmness in a significant way. If the candidate suffers from substantial slackness of the underlying tissue, they may require a full facelift.

People with skin laxity in the neck and jaw line are usually good candidates for a mini facelift. Unsightly jowling around the jaw line can be successfully addressed with a mini facelift. Candidates who want to minimize marionette lines or creases around the corners of the mouth can also benefit from this procedure.


Safer Procedure

A mini facelift is a relatively safer treatment option. The area of focus is primarily above the parotid salivary gland below which the facial nerves are located. Therefore, facial nerves are not exposed to surgery, which makes it a safer procedure. A full facelift involves a long incision along the hairline and near the ears.

But in a mini facelift, the surgeon will make about three or four tiny incisions through which the excess fat and skin will be removed. That will minimize the risk of scarring. A mini facelift will focus only on a few targeted areas in the face, with an aim to improve minor sagging around the cheeks, jaw line and the neck.

In a few cases, the surgeon may combine a mini facelift with an eyelid lift or brow lift to create more harmonious results. Profound and sagacious cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV and nearby areas for mini facelift surgery.

If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson G. Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

Taking new patients from Las Vegas, Bullhead City,  Laughlin, Pahrump, Mesquite NV and surrounding areas.

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