Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC
Mini Facelift
Mini Facelift
A mini facelift works well for patients who are in the earlier stages of facial aging (generally 40-50 years old) and are just beginning to see signs of aging in the face, or for patients who have already had a face lift and desire a touch up. A mini lift will correct the following:

  • Sagging in the middle of your face
  • Slight creases below the lower eyelids
  • Slight creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Tightening of the jaw line
  • Slight definition of the neck angle

It is important to note that unlike a traditional facelift, a mini lift will not correct large jowls and/or loose neck structures.

A mini facelift offers several distinct advantages, including:

  • Shorter incisions, resulting in less visible scars
  • Reduced recovery and downtime, with most patients returning to normal activities within one week
  • Shorter surgery time
  • Decreased cost

When Dr. Jaggi performs a mini facelift, he lifts and tightens with sutures placed underneath the skin in the superficial muscular aponeurotic system layer, otherwise known as the SMAS layer. This muscular layer directly beneath the outer skin can be responsible for sagging in the face. Once it is lifted and tightened, the outer skin is then re-fitted to its new, youthful contours.

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Is Mini Facelift Surgery Right for You?

A mini facelift is an excellent procedure for patients who are early in the aging spectrum, generally 40 to 50 years old. This procedure is well-suited for patients who are busy professionals or who are very active socially and want to recover as quickly as possible.

In general, good candidates for a mini lift include:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
  • Individuals who have slight jowling
  • Individuals who have mild laxity of the cheek skin
  • Individuals who have minimal neck skin laxity

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Mini Facelift Recovery:

During your mini facelift recovery, there will be a bandage around your face to minimize swelling and bruising once your procedure is completed.

Recovery from a mini lift takes about three weeks. During this time, swelling and bruising will dissipate, though incisions may take up to six months to heal. For the first few weeks, patients should refrain from any activity that would stress or put pressure on the treated areas in order to give the tissues time to heal in their new positions.

Dr Jaggi will provide you with specific instructions on how to take care of yourself. These may include how to care for the surgical site, medications to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with our clinic.

As the swelling and bruising subside, the visible improvements of a mini facelift appear. Your final result should not only provide a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself.

Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

Following Dr. Jaggi's instructions is essential to the success of your surgery. Also, life-long sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Preparing For Your Surgery

Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding. Please arrange for a responsible adult to take you and pick you up from your surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.


Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC
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