Differences Between a Face Lift and a Mini-Face Lift

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Within each type of face lift procedure, there are variances in the area being targeted and in surgical approach, including how and where incisions are made. Depending on your facial rejuvenation needs, a traditional facelift or a mini-facelift may be the right procedure to give you the younger appearance you want.

In consultation with Detroit cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rifai, you will select the procedure that best suits your desires along with your unique physical attributes.

Traditional Facelift

A traditional face lift involves removing excess skin and fat, lifting the skin, and tightening underlying skin and muscle to provide a smooth, even, rejuvenated appearance. A facelift can correct skin laxity around the cheeks and neck, and eliminate the appearance of jowls.

A neck lift is often performed in conjunction with a traditional facelift to tighten excess skin around the neck and reduce the appearance of sagging skin “rings,” as well as eliminate the “turkey gobbler” skin that can hang from below the chin. A traditional facelift with neck sculpting can provide dramatic aesthetic improvement to your neck and jaw line.


As its name indicates, a mini-face lift focuses on the middle portion of your face and is well-suited for patients who have lost fullness in the upper-cheek area due to sagging skin tissues and fat deposits. A mini-facelift can reduce the nasolabial folds that develop with age along your cheek bones from your nose to your mouth.

A mini-facelift lifts and tightens the cheek-area skin, raising your underlying skin and muscle tissue slightly to restore the youthful contours of your face. A mini-face lift can reduce the appearance of hollows under your eyes and restore a smooth, uniform look to your cheeks.

Combining Face Lifts and Other Procedures

Depending on your aesthetic goals, skin elasticity and other individual factors, multiple procedures may be recommended to achieve the desired results. Facelifts are often performed in conjunction with:

  • Brow lifts
  • Neck lifts
  • Soft-tissue filler treatments

If you are ready to learn how a face lift or mini-face lift can give you the look you want, please call 248-723-9370 or contact Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery & today to schedule your consultation. We welcome patients throughout the Detroit area.

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