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What Is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift1 can improve the appearance of the lines that extend from the nose to the mouth (sometimes known as nasolabial laxity), as well as the sagging cheeks that can appear with age. In most cases, it involves a smaller incision around the ear that does not extend behind the ear or into the posterior hairline. The mini facelift also involves lifting the deep-dropping muscles of the face which is important for a natural unpulled appearance. When performed as a standalone procedure, a mini facelift can sometimes be done endoscopically or through the lower eyelid.

Many people opt for a mini facelift because it is less invasive than a regular or deep plane facelift, along with having fewer risks and less downtime. However, the results of a mini facelift are not as dramatic as a full facelift2, which is something to consider before deciding which facial procedure is right for you.

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Results: Mini Facelift Before and After

Despite not benefitting from the ‘dramatic’ results of a full facelift, the mini facelift can provide a subtle yet natural and reinvigorated look, reflecting your vibrant and youthful inner self.

Woman's face, before and after Mini Facelift treatment, front view, patient 1
Woman's face, before and after Mini Facelift treatment, l-side view, patient 1
Woman's face, before and after Mini Facelift treatment, front view, patient 2
Woman's face, before and after Mini Facelift treatment, l-side view, patient 2
Woman's face, before and after Mini Facelift treatment, front view, patient 3

*Results may vary.

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Are You a Candidate?

Patients in New York City who opt for mini facelifts are often either younger or older than those who undergo full facelifts. People in their 40s, or even 30s, may choose to have a mini facelift to correct jowls, lines or sagging cheeks, while those in their 70s or 80s benefit from a significant improvement with a shorter operative time and more rapid recovery than a traditional facelift.

Candidates for mini facelift New York will also need to be in good health, and have realistic expectations for the results of their procedure.

Recovery and Benefits

Sometimes referred to as the “weekend facelift”3, the main benefit of the mini facelift, aside from pleasing aesthetic results, is its quicker procedure time, alongside a much shorter downtime. In most cases, patients may expect a healing period of just a few days, minimal pain, and no exercise or strenuous activity for 2 weeks.

Some patients may also opt to combine their mini facelift with other aesthetic procedures, such as eyelid rejuvenation or rhinoplasty.

Possible Risks and Side Effects

Dr. Rizk provides comprehensive instructions both before and after surgery to minimize any possible side effects, which can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Scarring

Dr. Rizk has extensive experience performing facial procedures, and tailors his surgeries to each patient, as well as informing of the potential risks and side effects of surgery during consultation.

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An internationally-renowned facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Rizk is meticulous when it comes to evaluating a patient’s needs and recommending the best procedures for them to help meet their health and aesthetic goals.

Dr. Rizk’s mini facelift technique includes the use of an endoscopic high definition visualization system, which allows for smaller incisions, enhanced recovery time4, and precise results – meaning his NYC patients benefit from appealing results with minimal downtime.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a facelift and a mini facelift?

The main differences between a traditional facelift and a mini facelift are the parts of the face that are tightened and rejuvenated, as well as the extent of surgical incisions required.
The full facelift typically focuses on the bottom two-thirds of the face and neck, while the mini facelift generally only focuses on the bottom third of the face. However, with the help of a skilled surgeon like Dr. Rizk, both options address the concerns of aging, and both produce dramatic, natural-looking and youthful results.

How much does a mini facelift cost NYC?

No two procedures are ever identical, as every surgery is tailored to each patient’s needs and goals. Thus, the mini facelift cost may differ. During your consultation, Dr. Rizk will discuss pricing in full and payment options, allowing you to make an informed decision on your potential procedure.

How long does a mini facelift last?

By following recovery instructions and keeping in good health, patients can expect their mini facelift to last up to, and in some cases, over 10 years, depending on the extent of the lift and their starting point.

Will I have scars from my mini facelift?

Dr. Rizk’s advanced surgical technique means many of the incisions made during his procedures are disguised within the hairline of natural folds of the face or neck, and practically invisible once healed.

Written Patient Testimonials


Dr. Rizk and his staff were absolutely incredible! They made me feel so comfortable throughout this entire process and I am so grateful for everyone (especially Dr. Rizk) for helping me look the best version of myself. My nose looks natural and perfect and I am in love with the results!!! If you are on the fence, I definitely encourage you to come to this office because Dr. Rizk gave me the confidence and grace to present myself to the world!

-Leah Abramson


Words cannot express how tremendously grateful and impressed I am for his services. The process was painless and he produced beautiful results that I’m so happy with. Dr. Rizk is extremely precise, patient and detail orientated. He narrowed my nose 1mm at a time! I’m already looking forward to my next small tweek with him.

-Allison S


Fixed my nose that was extremely crooked from a car accident. Also did my brother’s nose which case out beautifully

-Katie M


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2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Facelift. Available:

3 FACELIFT, MINI FACELIFT, & NECK LIFT. Facelift Recovery Time. Available:

4 What is a Weekend Facelift?. Available:

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By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.

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