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Mini Facelift Melbourne and Sydney for a more refreshed face by Dr Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

A Mini Facelift is the name given to a smaller and less invasive facelift procedure. The focus of this procedure is to rejuvenate the face and improve early signs of ageing, especially around the lower face.  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.

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

What is Mini Facelift?

If your skin has started to show the first signs of ageing, through a loss of 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 for years to come.

Keep in mind that each person is unique and an individual approach is necessary to achieve the best results. 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
  • Your face features visibly pronounced wrinkles
  • You are in overall good health
  • Your a Non-smoker or a smoker willing to quit
  • As well as only having 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 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. 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 in a range of benefits in patients’ physical appearance, but also emotional satisfaction. Furthermore, scarring is minimized which makes the recovery period both 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.

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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. This mostly depends on the skills of the Specialist Surgeon, as well as the skin quality of the patient and the extent of the surgery itself.

The next step is to lift the skin from the subcutaneous tissue and tighten the deep layer of the face and muscles. After tightening the inner layer, the surgeon will remove the excess skin and place sutures to close the incision.

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 represent typical results our patients get. However, results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.

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 also individual. In most cases, the recovery takes about 1 to 2 weeks. Mini Facelift is typically an outpatient surgical procedure. This means that it does not usually require overnight hospitalization. Removal of sutures usually occurs a week after the procedure.

Patients are often able to return to their normal daily activities as early as 10 days after surgery. However, you will have to wait around a month before you can resume heavier physical activity.

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.

Pre-operative information

Complications and Risks

Like every other surgical procedure, there are certain risks and complications, including:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Skin sensibility

It is important to follow all the surgeon’s 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 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, it 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 the individual as well as the results they want to achieve. 
  • Usually, Mini Facelift is a surgery performed on patients with minimal ageing signs.
  • Whereas, 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? 

  • Unfortunately, no.
  • However, they are long-lasting.
  • Results can last up to 10 years.
  • Results are not permanent because the natural ageing process continues after surgery.

How bad is the scarring? 

  • Scarring from the Mini Facelift surgery is strategic.
  • It is less visible than the scarring from a traditional Facelift.
  • Furthermore, scars are typically hidden in skin folds near and around the ear.

About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

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

Dr Sackelariou 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.

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

What’s Next

Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou in Melbourne or Sydney. A caring discussion with a Plastic Surgeon about all your options can really help. The best thing is to start with a phone enquiry and consider having a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou. Try the Free Nose Simulation Tool.


If you are considering cosmetic plastic surgery then Dr Richard Sackelariou is the specialist plastic surgeon for you.

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