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Toronto Office
Dr. Richard Rival
501-1881 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4S 3C4
Phone: (866) 229-3223
Outside Ontario: (905) 830-6711
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Newmarket Office
Dr. Richard Rival
712 Davis Drive, Suite 101A
Newmarket, ON L3Y 8C3
Phone: (905) 830-6711
Outside Ontario: (905) 830-6711
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

What is a Mini Facelift, and is it Right for Me?

a facelift can be done by a top facial plastic surgeon

Looking for a firmer, youthful, natural-looking cheek and jawline? If your skin isn’t significantly wrinkled and you’re just looking for a way to appear “refreshed”, a full-blown facelift may not be necessary. 

However, a mini facelift could be the right solution to address loose skin, wrinkles or aging in the lower face. 

A common cosmetic procedure among women under 40, age is not the only factor that determines whether you’re the right candidate. In fact, what should be considered when thinking about a mini facelift?

What is a Mini Facelift?

Like a liquid facelift, the mini is a less invasive alternative to a traditional facelift. However, unlike a liquid facelift, which requires no surgery, a mini facelift does require surgery in order to achieve its results. 

The mini facelift is performed by making small s-shaped incisions near the ear. Through these incisions, the plastic surgeon can address wrinkles, sagging skin as well as smooth folds in the lower portion of the face. 

Much like the name suggests, this type of facelift is not as intensive as a traditional facelift. However, it allows the plastic surgeon to smooth particular facial areas impacted by aging, such as the jowls, cheeks, and corners of the mouth.

Am I A Good Candidate?

A good candidate for a mini facelift is generally someone who does not have severe sagging of the cheeks or jowls. This includes loose skin, deep lines or excessive jowls. If the patient has deep lines, a standard facelift may be more appropriate in order to see effective results and a happier outcome. 

There are also a few other factors you can consider.

Skin Health

The ideal mini facelift candidate should show good skin quality and overall health. This means there is not too much loose skin around the neck or jawline. 

With a mini facelift procedure being small incisions for smaller tweaks, it is not as effective on significantly sagging skin. As well, the greater the overall skin health, the better skin can bounce back and adapt to the surgery.

Overall, healthy skin that retains elasticity will see better and longer-lasting results from a mini facelift.


Most people don’t start to consider a facelift until they are at least 35. This is because our skin in our 30s still retains enough elasticity that a facelift can be unnecessary. Of course, this can be affected by other factors like genetics, habits (like smoking), diet and exercise, to name a few.

With a mini facelift, the age skews a little younger. Because it targets skin that is still in relatively good condition and treats issues that are not yet severe, it is generally appropriate for people aged 30-40 to consider this cosmetic procedure. 

In some instances, even younger patients can be interested in a mini facelift. However, usually, an injectable facelift is a better option for anyone younger, and a traditional facelift for anyone older.

Targeted Area

As with any procedure, it’s important that your goals align with what the surgery is designed to accomplish. For the mini facelift, the best results occur when the goal is to raise the jowls, lift marionette lines, or raise descended cheek fat.

A mini facelift can also be combined with a cheek lift if there is a need to further correct smile lines as well as to correct sagging skin in the cheeks or mid-face.

Book a Mini Facelift Consultation

Is a mini facelift right for you? Schedule a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and your options. 
Dr. Richard Rival is an experienced surgeon with over 25 years in practice who listens to what you want and helps you determine the best route to achieve your aims. Schedule a mini facelift consultation in Toronto.

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