Focussed on removing excess skin around the face, jaw and neck areas, the mini-facelift is an ideal treatment for people wanting to achieve a more youthful appearance without undergoing a full facelift procedure.

Skin ages over time and the earliest signs of ageing appear where the skin is most delicate- the face and neck. Fine lines and excess skin typically start to develop in our 40s, transforming into deeper wrinkles and volume loss in our 50s. This process is further escalated by lifestyle and external factors such as sun exposure, stress, smoking, nutrition and sleep. Common concerns include drooping eyebrows, bags around the upper and lower eyelids, drooping/sagging skin, reduction in fat around the cheeks, and wrinkles.

The Mini-Facelift is designed to turn back the clock by 10 years, enabling the natural ageing process to continue from that point. There are several approaches to a facelift treatment, depending on the patient's concerns and specific skin condition which will be reviewed during a consultation. See also: Full Facelift, Micro Facelift.

The Mini-Facelift procedure uses minimal incisions to remove sagging and deformations that have formed due to ageing - usually in the face, jaw, and neck areas. These incisions are hidden in the natural folds and the hairline leaving no visible scarring. The procedure takes around 1.5 hours and can is treated as a day case.


Frequently Asked Questions

The unique approach to the Mini-Facelift means patients look naturally 10 to 12 years younger without changing their expression. Rather than "lifting" the skin, the problem is solved by transforming the subdermal tissues to their original places.

Mini-Lift surgery is an operation performed in a hospital environment, without the need of general anaesthesia, but instead under sedation and local anaesthesia. Mini-Lift surgery takes around 1 to 1.5 hours with incisions inside and at the back of the ear. It can be performed in conjunction with other operations, for example eye lid surgery or injectables, depending on the patient's requirements.

The whole point of the mini-lift is that it should cause minimal disruption. That are minimal scars, minimal interference with tissue, minimal risk and minimal recovery time. Yes, there will be a little bruising and a few well-hidden scars. There may be an overnight bandage, but little discomfort. 

You may work from home the next day, but it will depend on how sensitive you are to the detection of recent surgery, as to when you go out to meet people. Some will manage the next day. A few wait until sutures are removed. The point is that you will not be jeopardising the result by going out.

A Mini-Facelift gives a moderate improvement with minimal inconvenience, scars and risk.

As such it can be suitable for anyone, but a particular indication is for younger patients with relatively early signs of ageing, who find this difficult to put up with and are prepared to accept that they will need further surgery later on. Meanwhile, they will probably use lasers, peels and creams to prolong the surgery free period.

This is a change of approach. Only a short time ago, we advised patients to wait until they really could not put up with signs of ageing and then, at an older age, have a full facelift. The patient would be delighted with the dramatic improvement and would be unlikely to require any further surgery. Now patients are generally not looking for a major change, but just not to grow old.

The mini facelift is part of a maintenance programme and is often combined with fat grafting (lipofilling) to replace lost volume and stem cell treatments to improve overall tissue and skin quality. Lasers and peels all have their place.

There are many other anti-ageing solutions available, both surgical and non-surgical. Request a call from one of our patient advisors or book a consultation at the Cadogan Clinic if you would like to discuss your concerns in more detail.

The Mini-Facelift is a refined technique requiring less disturbance of the facial tissues and therefore is quicker. It takes perhaps 1-1.5 hours. There are variations of technique and sometimes extra refinements are indicated, such as fat grafting and stem cell treatments.

Some surgeons used to take well over five hours for the standard full facelift.

Historically, face-lift operations have been lengthier procedures, resulting in higher pain levels and longer healing time. Modern technology and refined techniques mean that a Mini Face-Lift operation now lasts around 1 to 1.5 hours, it is painless and healing time is much faster.

Choosing a surgeon who is an expert in their field and specializes in face-lifts will ensure you get the best results possible. At the Cadogan Clinic, we have clever innovative surgeons. You will be in excellent hands. 

Yes, a Micro-Lift may be the perfect solution for your excess neck skin, but there are other solutions.

The Micro-Lift procedure is designed to help alleviate early signs of ageing and mild loss of elasticity loss.

This procedure commences with the making of a tiny incision below each ear. The connective tissue below the skin is pulled and held back to create a subtle structural lift in your jawline and neck. The skin will become taut and contours defined again.

The Micro-Lift does not offer drastic results. This is the subtlest in facelift procedures. If you have moderate skin laxity a mini-facelift may be a better choice for you. Or, if you have a problem with severe folds or prominent jowls you may want to consider a full facelift. However, if you are in your late 30s to late 40s and are looking for a light “pick up” in your face and neck area, the Micro-Lift is probably the best solution for you.

Remember that these modern lifting procedures are often combined with fat transfer and stem cell transfer to restore volume in the right places and rejuvenate the skin.

Any extra unwanted fat or double chin is removed by liposuction.

The recovery period for a Micro-Lift is really short. Most patients are back to their regular routines after just a few days. You will experience minimal discomfort after surgery. In addition, the smallness of the facial incisions means that your skin’s healing process will be quicker as well. You have minimal chance of poor scarring.

In truth, there are nowadays a full range of facelifts and in addition a whole range of add-ons. Plastic surgeons used to have their own adaption of a facelift, but it was the same for everyone. We at Cadogan Clinic now tailor the procedure to the individual patient’s requirements, which will include age, skin type and condition, facial morphology and above all, the patient’s expectation.

We might call the procedures full, mini or micro facelift, but they can all be broken down into certain parts.

Firstly, the length of skin excision. The longest could be across the top of the head in front of or behind the hairline, down in front of the ears, skirting the earlobe, up behind the ear and back down into the hair. The trend, however, is towards shorter and shorter scars and virtually never across the top of the head.  The shortest scar is the micro lift, which is also known as the one-stitch facelift, with a tiny scar below or above the ear.     

Secondly, the extent of undermining of the skin. We now never undermine from ear to mouth and meeting under the chin, but just enough to avoid bunching in front of and below the ear.

Thirdly, the degree of undermining and treatment of the SMAS, the muscle of the skin. The wide dissection, a source of risk, is now avoided and very often it is simply repositioned with stitches.

Fourthly, the method of suspension. Small dissolving sutures can be useful for the nuance of the result, but more permanent and strong nylon sutures can be inserted without the necessity of tissue dissection, and they last longer.

A word of warning - we are not impressed by the clever dissolving threads, which need no surgery and therefore are used by less skilled operators. They are not cost-effective and have only temporary effect with an unacceptable rate of complications.

Now, what about the add-ons?

The most frequent add-on is the restoration of lost facial volume by fat transfer. Your fat is used to augment the cheekbones, cheeks, temples, brow, chin and anywhere else it will improve facial balance. Fat contains those all-important stem cells, which also improve scars and skin quality. At Cadogan Clinic we are able to enhance the transferred fat with extra stem cells.

We might also address the long wrinkled ear lobe, the eyelids and the droopy nose.

We discuss and decide with the patient what is going to help you meet your expectations in a cost-effective way, and arrive at a suitable procedure.  Sometimes this will be a full facelift. More often it will be a mini or micro lift, quite possibly with fat grafting and stem cells.

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

Once you’ve booked your consultation, the next step will be for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions. 

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.  


After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.


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