Mini Lift


The mini-lift, often referred to by other names such as S-lift, MACS lift, Short Incision Facelift or Lifestyle Lift™, is an aesthetic procedure designed to address the first signs of facial aging.

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What is a mini-lift?

The mini-lift, often referred to by other names such as S-lift, MACS lift, Short Incision Facelift, mini-lifting or even Lifestyle Lift™, is an aesthetic surgical procedure designed to address the first signs of facial aging. Unlike a full facelift, the mini-facelift primarily targets the lower face, including the oval, jowls and neck.

This facial rejuvenation technique is particularly suitable for people who are beginning to notice moderate sagging of the skin, marionette lines or the appearance of jowls. The mini-facelift is a less invasive alternative to the traditional facelift, which means it requires smaller incisions, usually located in front of the ears, making scars less visible.

The main aim of the mini-lift is to tighten the skin and underlying tissues to give the face a fresher, more youthful appearance, while preserving a natural, harmonious result. Thanks to this procedure, the face regains a toned appearance and contours are redefined, without altering the patient’s characteristic features.

Due to its less invasive nature, mini-lifting is also associated with faster recovery, enabling patients to return to their daily activities in a relatively short time. What’s more, by targeting specific areas of the face, this technique offers a tailor-made solution for those who do not yet require a full facelift, but nevertheless wish to refresh their appearance.

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Why choose a mini-lift?

The mini-lift, also known as the S-lift, MACS lift, mni-lifting or Lifestyle Lift™, has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in recent years. But what are the advantages that make it so attractive to those looking to rejuvenate their appearance? Here are a few key reasons:

  1. Natural results: unlike some more invasive procedures, the mini-lift offers subtle, natural results. You won’t look “remade”, but rather like a refreshed version of yourself.
  2. Less invasive: with smaller incisions, often located in front of the ears, the mini-lift is less traumatic for the tissues, which means less scarring and faster healing.
  3. Rapid recovery: most patients can return to their normal activities within one to two weeks, making mini-lifting an ideal option for those who can’t afford long downtime.
  4. Cost-effectiveness: for those experiencing “filler fatigue”, the mini-lift may offer a more durable and cost-effective solution. Instead of having to return regularly for filling treatments, a mini-lift offers results that can last from 10 to 15 years.
  5. Targeted treatment: the mini-lift is specifically designed to treat moderate sagging of the skin of the lower face and neck, making it ideal for those who do not require a full procedure.
  6. Safety: since the mini-lift is less invasive, the associated risks are also reduced, especially when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon.

Ultimately, the mini-lift is an effective, safe and affordable solution for those seeking to reverse the signs of aging without undergoing major surgery. Whether you’re looking to correct jowls, marionette lines or sagging necks, a mini-lift could be the answer you’re looking for.

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Ideal candidates for a mini-lift

The mini-lift is an aesthetic surgical procedure that primarily targets the lower face and neck. Designed to deliver subtle rejuvenation, it is less invasive than the traditional facelift. But who are the ideal candidates for this procedure?Mini Lift

  • Age: although age is not the only determining factor, most mini-lift candidates are generally between 40 and 55. It’s at this age that many people begin to notice moderate signs of aging, but without severe sagging of the skin.
  • Signs of aging: ideal candidates show early to moderate signs of aging. This includes moderate sagging of the skin, the appearance of jowls, marionette lines, and slight sagging of the neck.
  • General state of health: as with any surgical procedure, it is essential to be in good health. Candidates should have no medical conditions that could complicate surgery or recovery.
  • Realistic expectations: people considering a mini-lift should have realistic expectations regarding the results. Although the procedure can offer significant rejuvenation, it will not provide the same results as a full facelift.
  • Skin care: candidates who have taken good care of their skin, avoiding excessive sun exposure and having adopted a skin care routine, will often achieve better results.
  • Non-smokers: it’s best if mini-lifting candidates don’t smoke, as smoking can complicate surgery and recovery.

By incorporating these criteria, cosmetic surgeons can help ensure that patients achieve the best possible results from their mini-lift, while minimizing risks and complications.

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How does the mini-lift procedure work?

Initial consultation

A thorough consultation with the plastic surgeon is essential to determine whether you are an ideal candidate for a mini-lift. Pre-procedure photos can be taken to assess the area to be treated.

Skin preparation

It is advisable to stop smoking and avoid taking medications that may increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, at least two weeks before the operation.

Pre-operative instructions

The patient receives clear instructions on preparation, including diet, hydration and skin care.

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The mini-lift is performed under general anaesthetic, ensuring that the patient is completely unconscious and feels no pain during the procedure.


Discreet incisions are made, usually in front of the ears, allowing optimal access to the underlying facial structures.

Surgical technique

The surgeon addresses the sagging soft tissue and skin of the face and neck. Muscles are re-tensioned and excess skin is removed for a natural, rejuvenated result.


Incisions are meticulously sutured, minimizing scarring and promoting rapid, effective healing.

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Initial recovery

It is common to experience slight discomfort, swelling or bruising after the procedure. These symptoms usually subside within a few days.

Post-operative instructions

Patients receive clear instructions on how to care for the operated area, take pain medication and prevent infection.


Follow-up appointments are scheduled with the surgeon to monitor healing progress and ensure that the patient is satisfied with the results.

Final results

The results of a mini-lift generally become visible after a few weeks, once swelling and bruising have disappeared.

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Recovery after a mini-lift

Post-operative recovery from a mini-facelift is generally faster and less painful than that of a traditional facelift, thanks to the less invasive nature of the procedure.

Recovery time: Most patients can resume their daily activities within one to two weeks of surgery. However, it is advisable to avoid strenuous physical activity and direct exposure to the sun for at least a month.

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Common side effects

  • Swelling: Slight swelling is common after surgery. This swelling generally diminishes within a few days, and can be reduced by keeping the head elevated.
  • Bruising: Minor bruising may occur, but usually disappears within a week. Arnica can help reduce bruising.
  • Feeling of tension: A slight feeling of tension or tightness is normal and usually disappears within a few days.
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Tips for optimal recovery

  • Scrupulously follow the post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon.
  • Avoid smoking, as it can slow down the healing process.
  • Drink plenty of water to help eliminate toxins and reduce swelling.
  • Avoid saunas, steam baths and swimming pools for at least a month.
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Although results are visible immediately after the procedure, the final appearance usually stabilizes after a few months, once all swelling and bruising has disappeared.

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Durability of mini-lift results

The mini-lift, often sought after for its less invasive approach and natural results, offers a lasting solution to the visible signs of aging. But how long can we expect these results to last?

  • Longevity of results: Unlike non-surgical treatments such as fillers and Botox injections, which require regular touch-ups, the mini-lift offers results that last. In general, the beneficial effects of this procedure can persist for 10 to 15 years. However, this period can vary depending on a number of factors.
  • Factors influencing durability: Genetics, sun exposure, diet, smoking and overall lifestyle can all influence how your skin ages after surgery. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, avoiding excessive sun exposure and following a suitable skincare routine can help prolong the benefits of the mini-lift.
  • Natural aging: It’s essential to understand that, although the mini-lift can turn back the clock in terms of appearance, it doesn’t stop the natural aging process. Over time, the skin will continue to age, but with the right care, the results of a mini-lift can remain visible and significant for many years to come.
  • Comparison with other procedures: Compared to a full face and neck lift, the mini-lift targets specific areas and is less invasive, which may influence the durability of results. However, its ability to offer facial rejuvenation without the drawbacks of more extensive surgery makes it a popular choice for many patients.
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Cost of mini-lift

The cost of the mini-lift is a major concern for many patients considering this procedure. It’s essential to understand that price can vary considerably depending on a number of factors.

  • Surgeon expertise: An experienced, reputable plastic surgeon may charge higher rates because of his or her expertise, skills and track record of successful results. Choosing a qualified professional is crucial to ensure safety and the best possible results.
  • Geographical location: The cost of a mini-lift may vary according to region or country. For example, a procedure in a major metropolis or renowned medical center may cost more than in a suburb.
  • Complexity of the procedure: Not all mini-lifts are identical. Some patients may require a more complex procedure depending on their anatomy and aesthetic goals, which may influence the cost.
  • Associated costs: The overall price of a mini-lift generally includes the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, operating room fees, post-operative medication and follow-up consultations. It’s essential to ask for a detailed estimate to avoid surprises.
  • Comparison with other procedures: Although the mini-lift may have a higher initial cost than other non-surgical treatments, such as fillers or lasers, it offers long-lasting results, often for up to 10-15 years. This can make it more profitable in the long term.

It is advisable to consult several plastic surgeons to obtain quotes and compare prices. However, it’s essential not to base your decision on cost alone. Safety, the surgeon’s expertise and the quality of results must take priority.

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What's the difference between a mini-lift and a full facelift?

The mini-lift mainly targets the lower face and neck, with smaller incisions and faster recovery. A full facelift treats the entire face and requires more extensive incisions.

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At what age is it best to have a mini-lift?

The mini-lift is generally recommended for people between the ages of 40 and 55, but this depends on each individual’s genetics and lifestyle.

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How long does it take to recover from a mini-lift?

Most patients can return to their daily activities within one to two weeks of surgery.

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Are the results of a mini-lift permanent?

No, no facelift can stop the natural aging process. However, the results of a mini-lift generally last from 10 to 15 years.

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Does the mini-lift leave visible scars?

Mini-lift incisions are generally discreet and strategically placed to minimize the visibility of scars.

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Can I combine a mini-lift with other aesthetic procedures?

Yes, many patients choose to combine a mini-lift with other procedures, such as blepharoplasty or filler injections, to achieve optimal results.

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What are the risks associated with a mini-lift?

As with any surgical procedure, the mini-lift carries risks, such as infection, bleeding and anesthesia-related complications. It is essential to discuss these risks with your surgeon.

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How to choose the right surgeon for a mini-lift?

It is crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with significant experience in mini-lifts. Be sure to consult patient reviews and see before-and-after photos.

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