Mini Facelift Surgery Sydney NSW

Mini Facelift Sydney - a less invasive facelift for younger patients

Is your skin starting to show signs of ageing? Do you want to slow ageing at an early stage?

If the answer to the above questions are yes, then the mini facelift procedure is ideal for you!

Mini facelift is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that aims to create a youthful and attractive. It is also known as an “S-lift”, “weekend facelift”, “ponytail facelift” or “lunchtime facelift”,

Dr Jeremy Hunt is an experienced facial surgeon with hundreds of patients who have had facelift procedures. His patients appreciate this less invasive procedure that helps give them a rejuvenated and well-rested look. He is one of the best surgeons in the Sydney with a solid reputation for face surgery.

The mini facelift procedure is also offered by Dr Maryam Seyedabadi,  a specialist plastic surgeon in Sydney. She is a member  Australian Society of Plastic Surgery and holds the prestigious fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (FRACS).







What is a Mini Facelift

The goal of this surgery is to tighten loose skin around the lower section of the face. It can also help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and addresses excess skin. The procedure is designed for people who want to look younger and more rested, but don’t have the time or don’t want a full face lift.

It is also known as an S-Lift because of its curved incision, which begins in the hairline at the temple and continues along the natural line in front of the ear, curves behind the earlobe and into the lower scalp. It is the least invasive yet very similar to a traditional facelift.

While this procedure does not offer as much change as a full facelift, it can reduce (or delay) the need for more invasive surgery and is less expensive than a traditional facelift.

Mini facelift benefits

Benefits of Mini Facelift Surgery

A mini facelift is associated with many benefits:

  1. A shorter recovery period: because the procedures is less invasive than a traditional or a deep plane facelift, the recovery is shorter. Most patients can return to their normal activities within two weeks of the procedure
  2. Less Scarring: since a mini face lift procedure involves smaller incisions than a traditional facelift procedure, there will be less scarring
  3. More natural look: unlike a complete face lift, a mini face lift gives a very natural look which lifts your face without making it too obvious
  4. Prevention: a mini face lift is perfect for people who are just showing the signs of ageing, eliminating the need of a full facelift later on
  5. The procedure is less expensive than a traditional facelift and may be more affordable
  6. Fewer risks of complications, including nerve damage and poor healing
  7. Though mini facelift surgery will not stop or reverse ageing, it can take years off of your face
Mini facelift candidacy

Are you a Suitable Candidate for Mini Facelift Surgery?

Candidates for the mini facelift are generally younger and have minor to moderate sagging of their face, cheek, nasolabial area (from nose to the corner of mouth), and jowls.

In addition to reducing wrinkles and sagging skin on your face, a mini face lift may help define your jaw line. If you have already had a traditional facelift, you may find that the mini face lift is a good option for you to achieve continued improvement in the appearance of your face. Generally speaking, a good candidate for the mini facelift:

  • Wants a natural-looking result
  • Has minor to moderate signs of ageing
  • Understands that the mini facelift does not address drooping brows or excess skin around your neck area
  • Is in good overall health
  • Is a non-smoker or can stop smoking for a few weeks prior and after the surgery

If you don’t have a lot of excess skin or laxity in your neck, you are a good candidate for a mini-facelift. The incision used in the mini face lift is smaller because this procedure doesn’t include much skin reduction. It focuses more on the tissues underneath the skin.

If you have a lot of sagginess around the neck or if you have lost a lot of weight recently, then you might benefit more from a traditional facelift.

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Mini Facelift Surgical Procedure

Here are some quick facts about the mini facelift procedure:

  • Anaesthesia: it is usually performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure can be done as a day case or overnight stay in hospital. As the mini facelift procedure is often combined with other procedures, the type of anaesthesia depends on the complexity of the intervention
  • Surgery Length: the surgery takes about 1 – 2 hours
  • Recovery: within a few weeks you should recover fully. The time frame depends on how extensive the procedure was. If someone has minimal signs of ageing, a less-aggressive technique can be applied, reducing recovery time
  • Back to work or exercise: You can get back to work within 1-2 weeks. But avoid exercising for a month or so. Strenuous exercise may raise your blood pressure and cause bleeding at the surgical site.
  • Final results: you can expect to see the full effects of your surgery after between 4 and 6 months when all swelling has subsided and the scars have healed

The incisions for a mini facelift are smaller than traditional facelift and the skin is lifted less than when the traditional one is performed. The mini facelift scar is also shorter than the traditional facelift. A small incision is made in front of the ear and behind the ear lobe, usually measuring around 5 cm long. The skin is pulled back, moving the deeper tissues and lifting the face, before being stitched back into position. The underlying muscle and tendons are stitched to a tighter position to give a youthful look.

Recovery after a Mini Facelift Surgery

After the facelift, you can expect to experience swelling and bruising. This may persist for several weeks, but this can usually be covered up with makeup after a few days. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medicine to help mitigate any discomfort.

There are variations on how long the pain medicines need to be taken. And again, it depends on how much work was done during the procedure. The amount of discomfort after surgery will also depend on your health condition before the procedure.

After a mini facelift, your face may be wrapped in gauze for 24 hours. In some case, Dr Hunt might use drains, which are tubes that drain away excess blood and fluid. Also, expect to feel groggy and a little out of it for the first day or two after surgery.

Surgery Aftercare

Dr Hunt will give you some instructions to follow after surgery. You may need to keep your head elevated for a few days after surgery. This position can help reduce swelling and bruising. You may need to sleep with several pillows under your head and shoulders.

Mini Face Lift Cost Sydney - How much does mini face lift surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

This is the mini facelift price range in Sydney varies based on many factors. The Sydney mini facelift price depends on the surgical facility, anaesthesia and amount of surgery time required.

Is Mini Face Lift surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

Medicare and insurance in Australia do not usually cover the costs of a facelift as it’s considered a purely cosmetic surgery.

Find out more about a Mini Face Lift Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for other face surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Mini Facelift Worth It?

Getting a mini facelift surgery is worth it. It’s that simple. Past Patient Survey data shows that 95% of women who got a facelift surgery find that it’s worth it. It is a simple and straightforward procedure with minimal recovery symptoms and downtime.

Take the next step today

With over 20 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques. Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

Dr. Jeremy Hunt prides himself on providing some of the Best Face Surgery Sydney has to offer.

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Mini Facelift Surgery FAQs

How long does a mini facelift last?


The direct answer to this question is – it depends. Facelifts are not regarded as permanent procedures, but you should be able to enjoy the results for at least five years. With proper care and maintenance, the effects of a mini facelift can last many years.

How is a mini facelift different from a traditional facelift?


A mini facelift is less invasive than a traditional facelift, which means less downtime and fewer risks of complications. The main difference is the smaller incision, so the scarring is minimal.


Does a mini facelift help with nasolabial folds?


Yes, it will help with nasolabial folds, but only to a point. If you have significant nasolabial fold creases, a mini facelift may not be the ideal procedure for you.


What is the best age to get a mini facelift?


The best age for a mini facelift is when your face begins to look tired  with slight skin sagging. This is typically in the late 30’s or early 40’s. You may want to get this procedure as soon as your skin shows some early signs of ageing.

What are Risks and Complications of Mini Facelift Surgery?


Most of the risks when it comes to a mini face lift are the same as those with any other kind of surgery. Most risks are unlikely to occur and will be explained by your surgeon during the consultation. Bleeding and infection are two of the concerns.

Scarring is always a risk. Some people are prone to form hypertrophic or keloid scars which can be difficult to treat. Usually, the scar is hidden behind the crevices in the ears and hairline, so the risk of a large scar is minimal.

Sometimes there are areas where irregularities occur after surgery because when tissues are stretched out like this, sometimes they don’t smoothen out immediately. However, after the swelling goes down it should be smooth again, if not, a revision may be needed. But, that’s highly unlikely. There’s also a risk of nerve injury, which is really rare.

Take a look at our plastic surgery risks page to read more on this.

Further Reading and Medical Sources


About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.


Dr Maryam Seyedabadi

Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.

She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her an excellent skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.

As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.