What is a mini-facelift?

What is a mini-facelift?

Posted on March 5, 2020

What is a mini-facelift?Mini facelift or partial facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is ideally suited for people who are bothered about the onset of aging lines and sagging skin in the lower third of the face. The surgeon will using small incisions placed discreetly around the ears to restore a tighter and firmer lower face and more defined chin.  

plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides mini facelift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.


If excess fat deposits or sagging skin is causing a poorly defined jaw appearance, you could benefit from a mini facelift surgery. The procedure is designed to remove excess tissue from the lower face area and firm up the remaining tissue. You can achieve a younger looking and more refreshed facial appearance that adds to your natural aesthetics and boosts self-confidence. 

Less Invasive Procedure

You can expect to achieve a number of physical as well as emotional benefits with a mini facelift plastic surgery. The best part is that you can meet your goals with minimal risk, discomfort, and downtime involved. 

Minimal Side Effects – Reduced bruising, swelling and tenderness compared to a full traditional facelift

Minimal Scarring – Incisions are small and can be concealed well within your hairline, behind the ears and in the natural facial contours.

Conservative Surgery and Anesthesia – A mini facelift can be performed much faster than a full facelift, and the surgeon may only use local anesthesia to perform this procedure.

Minimal Risk, Discomfort and Downtime – Unlike a full traditional facelift, a mini facelift poses minimal risk of lasting adverse effects, and the post-surgical recovery is faster and involves minimal discomfort.

Significant Results with SMAS Lifting

Although the procedure is considered “mini,” it can yield substantial results in most cases. The procedure not only involves tightening of skin in the lower face area, it also involves correction of the SMAS (the underlying muscular system) and reduction or redistribution of fatty tissue. 

When these tissues are lifted and refined along with the skin, you can achieve improved facial contours. SMAS mini lift produces significantly more natural looking results compared to a cutaneous (skin only) facelift. 


The surgeon will begin the procedure by placing incisions in front the ears, which extend from the bottom of the earlobes to your hairline, behind your ear. The pattern and length of the incisions can vary according to the surgical technique used to perform your mini facelift. 

Through the incisions, your surgeon will pull the targeted tissue upward and outward toward your ears. This will enable reduction in sagging skin and jowls, and mitigate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Once the skin and SMAS reach a position that enhances your facial contours and natural facial bone structure, your surgeon will suture them into place, and trim away excess skin. 

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and nearby areas for mini facelift surgery. 

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. David Kim and Dr. Eugene Kim.  Click here to contact us today.

Serving Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and surrounding areas.

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