Mini facelift

If you are bothered by premature sagging skin in your cheeks and midface, a mini lift can give you more uplifted, youthful appearance.

A mini facelift is similar to a full facelift but has smaller incisions, less downtime, and less cost. In some cases the procedure can be done in the office with a local anaesthetic.

This procedure is useful if you have mild sagging and early signs of aging. For individuals what have more pronounced sagging, deep wrinkles, and/or fatty tissue under their chin or neck, a traditional face and neck lift will give a better result


The surgery involves small incisions above the ear in the hairline. The skin of the cheek and midface is lifted away from the underlying muscle and fat and the excess skin is trimmed and then carefully stitched.

Once the incision has healed, you will have a faint scar in front of the ear.

Graphic showing woman's face before mini face lift


Graphic showing woman's face after mini face lift


Are You a Good Candidate?

A mini facelift can help rejuvenate your appearance if you have:

  • Mild sagging skin in the cheeks and midface
  • Creases an either side of the upper lip and below the cheeks.

Your Consultation

Your first step will be to have a detailed consultation with Dr MacDonald where she will listen to your goals and concerns and complete a careful examination. Then, Dr. MacDonald will discuss the treatment options that best address your concerns and particular situation.

Dr. MacDonald and her staff will:

  • Give you detail information about the surgery and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure
  • Discuss any concerns or questions that you may have
  • Discuss  potential risks of the procedure


You will need someone to drive you home from the office.

You need to avoid activities that may increase your blood pressure, such as running or lifting weights, until 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, you are encouraged to go out walking as soon after surgery as is possible.


As with any surgery, there are risks. These include the normal surgical risks of infection, scarring, delayed wound healing, bruising, or bleeding. Complications specific to this surgery are asymmetry, numb skin, and contour irregularities. However, all risks in this procedure are rare. They will all be discussed further during your consultation.


The surgery best suited for you will be discussed at the time of consultation and Dr MacDonald’s office assistant will e-mail you a detailed cost breakdown.