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Mini Face Lift is a great improvement in the treatment of facial aging for patients anxious about the result of a classic face and neck lift.

With a Mini Lift, the plastic surgeon can treat sagging of the lower part of the face with a simple and effective surgery with quick recovery. Most patients can resume public life very quickly.

It rejuvenates the face and creates a more youthful and natural appearance.

  • Smaller incisions
  • Natural look, rejuvenating effect, no pulled appearance
  • Easy and short recovery
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Local anesthesia with sedation if needed
Mini Face Lift


This information sheet is issued by Dr Vincent Nguyen board-certified plastic surgeon in Paris, familiar with Mini Face Lift procedures.

It provides all the information about the surgery, scars, recovery, before and after comparison photographs and the costs of this surgery.

What is a Mini Face Lift?

A mini Face Lift is a procedure that lifts the sagging skin, due to aging, in the lower part of the face.

Why choose a Mini Lift?

Due to aging the skin loses elasticity and becomes lax. Patients experience a loss of definition in their jaw, their skin sags, jowls and neck bands appear, nasiolabial folds, bitterness folds and smile lines are more visible.

A Mini Lift is an alternative to a traditional Face Lift for people who want to achieve a more youthful appearance with a minimally invasive procedure with less downtime.

What areas of the face are not treated by mini lift?

Expression lines, crow’s feet lines and peri-oral wrinkles are not addressed in a Mini lift.

Deep wrinkles are improved but not totally erased.

Who is a good candidate for a Mini Face Lift?

A Mini Face Lift is a great procedure for younger patients who start to see the inevitable signs of aging (jowls, skin laxity in the face and neck, …)


What’s the purpose of a Mini Lift?

This plastic surgery of the neck and face aims at correcting skin sagging in the lower part of the face and neck with less scars and a shorter recovery time than a traditional face lift.

A Mini lift gives a more youthful and refreshed appearance and a natural look.


What to expect from a Mini Face Lift?

A Mini Face Lift doesn’t change the shape or the aspect of the face.

Only the skin is pulled contrary to a traditional facelift. This is why recovery is easier and faster.

The face is rejuvenated in a natural way and doesn’t look pulled or tight or expressionless as could be seen before.

Excess fat can be removed with a liposuction.

Loss of fat can be treated with a combined lipofilling that rejuvenates the face, restores the shapes, and improves the quality of the skin.



  • Two preoperative consultations with a board-certified plastic surgeon will be conducted as well as a consultation with an anesthetist.
  • Before and after comparison photographs will be taken.
  • A compression press-lift will be prescribed.
  • Preoperative instructions are as follow:
    • Quit smoking at least one month minimum before the surgery to one month after the surgery to reduce any complications and avoid necrosis risk.
    • Stop birth control pill one month before to avoid increased risk of thromboembolism.
    • Discontinue any anti-platelet or blood-thinning medication 15 days before the surgery.


  • The surgery may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia.
  • It lasts 1 to 2 hours depending on the technique.
  • Dr Vincent Nguyen uses the most advanced surgical techniques and performs the surgery himself.

The final outcome is visible after about 3 months after the surgery but the physical change is immediately obvious. As the aging process continues over time it is sometimes useful to help prolong your mini lift rejuvenating benefits with esthetic medicine (peelings, Botox injections, Hyaluronic acid injections, laser, …)


  • Recovery is faster and easier for a Mini Face Lift than for a cervico-facial facelift.
  • Patients may go home the same day.
  • You may expect bruising and swelling the following days.
  • You may resume social activities 5 to 10 days after the surgery.
  • No nursing care is required after the procedure.
  • You may have a shower the next day but do not take a bath before a month.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure on the scars for one year at least.
  • Follow-up consultations will be planned with Dr Vincent Nguyen (1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and a year after the procedure).


  • As a Mini Face Lift is an esthetic procedure, it is not covered by Social Security or Health Insurance Company.
  • The costs may vary depending on the patient,  on the excess of skin to remove, on the incisions to be made, on the procedures combined with the Mini lift (chin liposuction, face lipofilling, eyelid surgery or other face surgery) on the location where the procedure will be performed, on the length of the procedure and other related expenses.
  • The cost can vary from… to… (see all the costs of esthetic procedures on this website).
  • Make sure to find a board-certified plastic surgeon specialized in Mini Face Lifts who will evaluate your needs, discuss your options and advise you on the procedures, to deliver the best natural-looking results to enhance the harmony of your face.


Can I get another Mini lift later if needed?

Yes, you can get another Mini lift or a cervico-facial lift if your skin needs to be lifted and tightened.

What is the difference with a Soft Lift?

There is no difference. It’s just another name for a Minilift.

Where are the scars for a Mini Face Lift?

The incision lines are hidden in the hair (at the temples and on the back of the neck) and around the ears. (see picture)

Thus the scars are inconspicuous.

May a Mini Face Lift be combined with other procedures?

Many other procedures may be combined with a Mini lift: eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), drooping eyebrows and crow’s wrinkles (temporal lift), loss of skin firmness and brow wrinkles (brow lift).

A Mini lift may also be combined with non-invasive procedures and esthetic medicine procedures (laserbrasion, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, Hyaluronic acid injections, Botulinum toxin injections, PRP).

A neck liposuction and/ or a face lipofilling, to enhance the face, may be done with a Mini Face Lift. It is almost essential to obtain a natural rejuvenated appearance because over time, the fat in the face decreases and the face may appear gaunt and hollow, making patients look older. Fat restores youthful fullness and improves the quality of the skin and radiance.

Dr Vincent Nguyen will evaluate your needs, discuss your expectations and your options, and recommend a course of treatment to achieve the best natural results.

What are the alternatives to a Mini Face Lift?

A cervico-facial lift deals with all the structures of the face (skin, muscle and fat) and is the best option for long-lasting effects. (see information sheet)

A face lipofilling doesn’t tighten the skin but restores volume to areas that have lost it over time, emphasizing an aging effect. It improves the quality of the skin, rejuvenates and restores its youthful fullness with a natural and permanent outcome (see information sheet).

Lifting du visage et des pommettes

Concentric Malar Lift or Mid-Face Lift