Mini Facelift - Dr Richard Sackelariou - Plastic Surgeon

Mini Facelift

Double Bay, Sydney & Hawthorn East, Melbourne
Sydney 1300 661 362    Melbourne 1300 264 811

Mini Facelift Surgery in Melbourne and Sydney

A Mini Facelift is a name given to smaller and less invasive facelift procedures that rejuvenate the face and improve early signs of ageing – especially around the lower face.

Dr Richard Sackelariou is a specialist plastic surgeon and facial rejuvenation expert in Melbourne & Sydney.

There are many different types of facelifts and facial rejuvenation, but not all have the same focus – and not all types are suited for every face.

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What is Mini Facelift?

If your skin has started to show the first signs of ageing, face started losing its tone and contours, a Mini Facelift might be the ideal solution for you.

The Mini Facelift is a surgical procedure that tightens the saggy and drooping skin and restores the lost chin line. This procedure achieves a youthful, smooth, and rested look.

For a complete rejuvenating effect, the Mini Facelift can be combined with other facial surgeries – typically eyelid lift or neck lift.

A Mini Facelift is most often performed on younger and middle-aged patients who have excess skin in the middle and lower part of the face.

Am I a Good Candidate for Mini Facelift?

Mini Facelift is more suitable for people who have less pronounced signs of ageing, as well as for those who age prematurely.

Getting a Mini Facelift can restore a more youthful facial appearance, but also give you a huge confidence boost in the years to come.

Keep in mind that each person is unique and an individual approach is necessary to achieve the best results as not all patients will be candidates for all procedures.

You might be a good candidate for Mini Facelift if:

  • You are experiencing skin sagging on your face
  • You face features visibly pronounced wrinkles
  • Your overall health is good
  • Non-smoker or a smoker willing to quit
  • Women and men with early signs of facial ageing and good skin elasticity

Benefits of Mini Facelift

The results are visible immediately after the surgery. As the swelling and bruising completely disappear, your results will be more and more noticeable.

The results are more prominent in the area of the middle and lower third of the face and around the edge of the jaw, where the lost chin line is emphasized again and a smoother transition of the face towards the neck is achieved.

Mini Facelift is a less invasive surgical procedure, and as such results with a range of benefits in patients’ physical appearance, but also emotional satisfaction.

Scarring is minimized which makes the recovery period easier and more comfortable.

Due to the less invasive surgical nature, Mini Facelift comes with fewer risks and complications than other, more invasive facial procedures.

Mini Facelift Before and After Photos

When you visit the clinic you can see real patient photos of Before and After Mini Facelift Surgery

These photographs representing typical results our patients get. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.


Mini Facelift Surgical Procedure

Mini Facelift is based primarily on removing excess skin from the middle and lower third of the face as well as tightening and firming facial muscles.

The goal of Mini Facelift is to make the scar unnoticeable by lifting the skin and subcutaneous tissue as little as possible.

An incision is made above, in front, and behind the ear. Incisions are usually hardly visible or not visible at all, which mostly depends on the skills of the Specialist Surgeon, as well as the skin quality of the patient and extent of the surgery itself. The next step is to lift the skin from the subcutaneous tissue and tightening the deep layer of the face and muscles. After tightening the inner layer, the excess skin is removed and sutures are placed along the previously made incision.

Your Facial Rejuvenation Journey


  • During the preoperative examination and consultation, your Specialist Surgeon will listen carefully to your wishes and, based on an expert assessment, evaluate what can be achieved in your case by choosing the most suitable surgical method.


  • A Specialist Surgeon will perform an appropriate surgical method for your case. Mini Facelift is usually performed under local anaesthesia and intravenous sedation, so you will feel no discomfort or pain during the procedure.

Post Op Recovery

  • The results are noticeable almost immediately and get better with every single day as you heal.
  • Dr Sackelariou will prescribe pain medication if needed and recovery instructions to optimize results.
  • Following Dr Sackelariou’s instructions precisely and regularly attending follow-up appointments is crucial for your recovery.

Recovery After Facial Rejuvenation Surgery

As the surgery itself, postoperative recovery after a Mini Facelift is individual as well. In most cases, the recovery takes about 1 to 2 weeks.

Mini Facelift is typically done as an outpatient surgical procedure that does not usually require overnight hospitalization.

Sutures are removed a week after the procedure, and as early as 10 days after surgery the patient is able to return to his normal daily activities.

Heavier physical activity should be avoided within the first month after surgery.

Mild swelling and bruising may occur in the first days of recovery, but will gradually fade during the first week. Cold compresses and pain medication can help to manage the pain, bruising, and swelling.


Complications and Risks

Like every other surgical procedure, Mini Facelift comes with certain risks and complications of which most are only temporary:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Skin sensibility

It is important to follow all the surgeons instructions, in order to minimize the possibility of complications and speed up postoperative recovery.

Mini Facelift Surgery Cost – Fees and Prices in Melbourne and Sydney

Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation.

Your Mini Facelift Surgery quote will include your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, perhaps a surgical assistant fee, and the hospital fees.

Further Reading – Medical References

Mini Facelift FAQs

Is Mini Facelift cheaper than traditional Full Facelift?

  • It depends on the extent of work that needs to be done on each patient but usually, it is less expensive

Can a Facelift really be done during the lunch break or weekend?

  •  Unfortunately, there are some doctors and surgeons that call “lunchtime” or “weekend” Mini Facelifts. However, Mini Facelift is a complex surgical procedure that can not be done during your work lunch break or fully recovered over a weekend. Before booking such a treatment, please make sure that you and the service provider are on the same page.

Which Facelift procedure should work better for me? 

  • It depends on each individual situation. Usually, Mini Facelift is a surgery performed on patients with minimal ageing signs, while Full or SMAS Facelift techniques are more appropriate for patients with substantial unwanted features like loose and saggy skin in the mid-face or heavy jowls.

Is it possible to combine Mini Facelift with other facial surgeries?

  • Yes. However, you should contact Dr Sackelariou and book a consultation to find the best solution for your situation.

Are the results of Mini Facelift permanent?

  • The results of Mini Facelift can last up to 10 years as the natural ageing process will continue.

How bad is the scarring?

  • Scarring from the Mini Facelift surgery is designed to be less visible than the scarring caused by traditional Facelift. Scars are typically hidden in skin folds near and around the ear.

About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon Facial Surgery expert

Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive  Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.

He is a highly sought-after Plastic Surgeon for precision procedures like nose reshaping, tummy tucks, breast surgery including transaxillary incision methods, implant removal/replacement and Breast Lift procedures,

He is particularly known for his signature surgeries – neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. He also performs expert cosmetic injections for facial rejuvenation.

Patient’s love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.

Next Steps – Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou

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If you are considering reconstructive plastic or cosmetic surgery then Dr Richard is the specialist plastic surgeon for you. Dr Sackelariou can assist you in achieving your desired image, helping restore you to a more youthful or confident self.


  • A Referral from your GP or from your specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a cosmetic consultation without a GP Referral although no Medicare rebates are claimable without one.
  • You can schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $300 consult fee in advance.
  • Email us below or Call to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment


  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes


If you would like to know more about how Dr Richard can help you, please contact us today.

Phone Melbourne 1300 264 811 or Sydney 1300 661 362  to enquire or request a consultation.

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Sydney: 1300 661 362
Melbourne: 1300 264 811


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  • 759 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123