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At a Glance

Mini Lift Procedure

A mini lift addresses wrinkles and sagging skin on the face. As opposed to a full facelift, a mini face lift targets the cheeks and jowls, rather than the upper face.  Benefits include a shorter scar and faster recovery time.

Mini Face Lift Procedure Time

Dependent on the individual requirements, the procedure will generally be performed in around 2 hours.

Mini Face Lift Side Effects

The potential side effects of a face lift procedure are more or less the same as they are for any surgical procedure. Side effects include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin. This will subside in 1—3 weeks

Mini Face Lift Risks

Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.

Mini Face Lift Recovery

Back to work: 7—10 days. Light activity is permitted within 72 hours. Bruising; 1—2 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.


Less invasive than a full facelift, the results of mini facelifts typically last about two to five years.

We are all unique and a good doctor’s skill lies in retaining the elements that make us who we are.

What is a mini facelift procedure?

A mini facelift, is a whole new approach to facial rejuvenation. This procedure is minimally invasive as opposed to a traditional facelift, targeting sagging skin on the cheeks and jowls but not the upper face.

Also referred to as the Short-Scar facelift, this procedure is typically suited for patients in their 30’s and 40’s with early signs of ageing. As opposed to a traditional facelift, this minimally invasive procedure offers less scarring, bruising, downtime and surgical risks as it is a skin tightening procedure only and does not involve the deeper support tissue.

What are the mini facelift scars?

The incision line is placed at the front of the ear and extends behind your earlobe. These lines will be concealed within the fold where possible. The length and pattern of the incision depends on your individual needs, which will be discussed in more detail during your consultation with Dr Flynn.

Also known as: Mini lift, mini facelift, mini face lift, minimally invasive facelift, mini face and neck lift, mini face lift surgery, mini face surgery, mini lift surgery, MACS lift, short-scar facelift.
Desired results: Patients have many different motivations for wanting a mini face life, but the desired results are generally a more refreshed and youthful appearance.
Patients visit us from: Most of our patients are from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and surrounding suburbs. We also see many patients travelling from all over Australia.

Facial procedure step by step

A mini face lift allows incremental (step by step) small changes which can be spread over time without the dramatic, obvious effects of a "full" facelift. This type of approach fits in with the natural ageing process and allows corrections at appropriate times—"maintenance rather than rescue".

By taking cosmetic surgery gradually – over a period of months or even years – a patient is more likely to be satisfied with the outcomes. Scheduling the right "minimally invasive" procedure at the right time allows for more graceful ageing process. This approach is particularly suitable for both men and women under 60 and those who have had a previous facelift.

Combining cosmetic procedures

A mini lift can be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, neck lift surgery, facial liposuction and laser resurfacing.

Mini face lift cost

During your initial consultation with Dr John Flynn, he will address your concerns, outline the procedure and formulate a customised treatment plan. Based on this information, he will provide an exact cost for your procedure. Pricing starts from $6600 for a mini face lift.

Mini Face lift Surgery Gold Coast

Not all patient’s are suitable for the mini face lift, it is therefore important to have a thorough consultation with Dr John Flynn who will assess your anatomy, your goals and evaluate your skin quality. Scheduling the right type of minimally invasive procedure at the right time allows for a more graceful ageing process.

To find out more information about our mini face lift surgery at our Gold Coast practice or to book in a consultation, please contact us today.

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The Modern Approach


In our practice a mini face lift means a short scar lift addressing the lower portion of the face and importantly involves skin excision and tightening only. A proper surgical face lift also addresses the lower portion of the face and may be a variety known as a ‘short scar lift’ but this type of surgery concentrates on the deeper support tissues and will give a better lift which would last much longer than a ‘mini lift’. Some people ask for a ‘minilift’ because they are afraid that a ‘full’ face lift would make them look too overdone and stretched. This is not so. I don’t like the term ‘full’ face lift. It is inaccurate and potentially misleading. In any case, which ever type of lift you have , ‘mini’ (skin only lift) or a proper surgical lift (involves deeper tissue) you should still look like yourself, but more refreshed and definitely not exaggerated.


In my view the mini lift wold be the better option overall but there will be those who would do well with a non surgical option.


See above. Best to discuss the similarities and differences with Dr. Flynn so the best option can be determined.


Cosmetic procedures are usually not designed to ‘get rid’ of anything. To do so often leads to exaggeration and being overdone. It is better to aim for improvement in or softening of Marionette Lines.