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Mini facelift – how does it work and what's the difference?

Facelifts can help to revitalise any face, regardless of age, and are used to tighten certain areas of the face or neck.

Mini facelifts are an adaptation of a full facelift that can help reduce the appearance of sagging jowls in a natural and straightforward procedure that won’t leave you out of action for long.

But is a mini facelift right for you? And what are the alternatives for those wanting to revitalise and tighten their skin?

Find a clinic or practitioner near you and enjoy a risk-free booking process thanks to free in-clinic consultations and the option to pay in-clinic. Also, you can now split the cost of your treatment into four equal, interest-free instalments using Tabby.

Fast facts

  • Best results

    1 procedure

  • Duration of results

    5 to 10 years

  • Back to work

    10 to 14 days

  • Full recovery time

    Up to 3 weeks

  • Price range

    7,250 AED to 20,000 AED

  • Treatment duration

    1 hour to 90 minutes

  • Comfort

    General or local anaesthetic

  • Treatment type

    Minimally invasive

What is a mini facelift?

Facial rejuvenation procedures have been popular for some time now, especially the rhytidectomy – otherwise known as a full facelift – which lifts the face and neck.

Where a mini facelift differs is its focus is primarily on smoothing out and contouring the face, particularly around the jawline and chin. It focuses on addressing minor sagging around the face and neck, and while the results might be shorter-lived than those produced by a traditional facelift, a smaller incision is required.

Compared to a traditional facelift, a mini facelift also offers a reduced recovery time.

In short, a mini facelift’s effects are less dramatic. The procedure is better suited for making minor cosmetic alterations without changing existing features too much and is therefore thought to be more suitable for younger patients.

How does a mini facelift work?

The science behind it

The exact surgical technique of a mini facelift may vary depending on each surgeon. Most procedures involve the following:

  • The creation of small incisions in the natural folds near the ears or hairline.
  • Gently pulling the skin and tissue toward the ear.
  • Removing excess skin and tissue to help further tighten the skin.

Before the treatment

  • Ahead of your surgery, talk through your goals at a consultation.
  • You’ll need to disclose any medications or supplements you take. Your surgeon may advise that you adjust or cease use of these, including things such as aspirin or ibuprofen. You might also need to make some dietary changes.
  • Your surgeon may advise you to apply products to the face pre-appointment to aid in the surgery.

During the treatment

During your appointment, you will either be sedated or given a local anaesthetic.

  • The surgeon will begin by making some small incisions in the natural folds of skin behind the ears, and on the hairline.
  • Next, they will alter the skin and underlying muscles, tightening them. Additionally, removing any excess tissue.
  • Finally, they will seal up the incisions with stitches and dress your wounds.

Mini facelifts can be combined with a fat transfer to restore facial volume if necessary. This involves the harvesting of fat with liposuction from another area of the body and injecting into areas of the face to enhance structure and fullness.


A mini facelift can still leave you with tiny stiches at the point of incision.

  • Your surgeon will arrange an appointment to remove your stitches around 10 days after your surgery.
  • After removing the stitches, you may experience minor bruising or swelling, depending on how aggressive your surgery was.
  • Complete recovery may take several weeks, and it’s vital to follow your doctor’s advice during this time. It’s also advised to avoid certain physical activities.

How much is a mini facelift? Plus, other things you need to know

How much does mini facelift cost?

While pricing can vary depending on the clinic, you could look to pay anything between Dhs7,250 and Dhs20,000.

How can I find mini facelift near me?

Take a look at our clinic locator for a range of local listings.

Alternative treatments

Full facelift

  • A full facelift may be more suited to you, as it can have more significant effects on your appearance.
  • While more expensive at around Dhs45,000, the results will be more noticeable and can be applied to more areas of your face.
  • However, this surgery will have a longer recovery time as it requires a more intense procedure.

Non-surgical facelift (Botox and dermal fillers)

  • Usually, this is achieved with Botox or by using dermal fillers.
  • Botox and filler recovery times are very short these treatments are not permanent, meaning long-term costs may add up.
  • You may be able to use Botox or dermal fillers alongside your mini facelift for improved results.

Chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing

  • Chemical peels can help a skin’s radiance if you are happy with the overall shape of your face.
  • Laser skin resurfacing can achieve similar results, helping new skin regenerate in place of older skin cells.
  • While these may help with the appearance of wrinkles or other age-based concerns, they do little to affect the shape of your face.


  • Ultherapy, simply put, is a non-surgical face and neck lift. It uses ultrasound technology to stimulate the production of collagen, helping to tighten and rejuvenate loose skin.
  • The procedure focuses on skin on the forehead, eye, mid and low face, and neck.
  • There’s no downtime, but the method will require three-to-six monthly top-ups to maintain results.


Use our clinic locator to book your treatment – and choose between paying online, paying in-clinic, or splitting payments into four equal instalments with Tabby.

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