Mini Facelift Sydney

A mini facelift is a cosmetic procedure aimed at rejuvenating the face by addressing sagging skin primarily in the lower half of the face. Unlike a traditional facelift, the mini facelift focuses on a limited area and involves less invasive surgical procedures, often providing a quicker recovery.

Mini Facelift Sydney

In recent years, the mini face lift has garnered attention as a nuanced approach to facial rejuvenation, offering distinct advantages with a less invasive touch. Here, we aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of the procedure; its benefits, risks, and what one can expect. If you’re considering a mini face lift in Sydney – we seek to answer your queries and provide clarity on this transformative procedure.

How does a mini facelift work to adjust the contours of the face?

It’s important to remember that every individual is unique and so too are their needs and desired outcomes for cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering a procedure, it’s essential to have a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. They can help you understand whether you’re a suitable candidate and what you can realistically expect from the surgery. The information provided here is meant to help guide you, but it’s not a replacement for professional medical advice. Always organise a consultation for personalised advice.

If you are concerned about the way you look or are thinking about cosmetic surgery for confidence reasons, there are alternatives. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance.

Tightens Lax Skin: A mini facelift can help those with sagging or drooping skin achieve a more taut and refreshed appearance.
Reduces Signs of Ageing: This procedure targets wrinkles, fine lines, and other markers that emerge with age, providing a smoother complexion.
Enhances Facial Features: With the tightening of lax skin, facial contours can become more defined, resulting in enhanced features such as the jawline and cheekbones.
Milder Procedure: Compared to a full facelift, the mini facelift is less invasive. Smaller incisions typically mean reduced scarring.
Improving Overall Facial Harmony: A mini facelift is tailored to rejuvenate the facial appearance while retaining the unique characteristics that define an individual's face.
Quicker Recovery: Patients undergoing a mini facelift often benefit from a faster healing process, allowing them to resume daily activities sooner than those undergoing more extensive procedures.
Economical Option: As a less extensive procedure, the mini facelift can often be more affordable than a full facelift, making it a viable option for those looking for facial rejuvenation on a tighter budget.

What to expect


The first phase in the mini-facelift journey is an in-depth discussion with our experienced surgeon. In this session, your goals, health background, and the nuances of your facial anatomy will be assessed.

Our surgeon will analyse your skin’s quality, resilience, and the intricacies of your facial framework, possibly employing computer imaging to preview potential outcomes. This consultation provides an excellent opportunity for you to express any concerns or queries you may have about the procedure.

Number and type of consultation

It is a requirement under the law, that a patient seeking cosmetic surgery must have at least two pre-operative consultations. The patient’s first consultation must be with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery or another registered health practitioner who works with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery (not a patient advisor or an agent). At least one of the two consultations must be in person with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. Other consultations can be in person or by video.

When consent can be given

A patient must not be requested to sign consent forms at their first consultation and cannot consent to cosmetic surgery until they have had an in-person consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. The decision to have the surgery (provision of informed consent) must be made at a consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the procedure (in person or by video).

Cooling-off Period

There must be a cooling-off period of at least seven days after the patient has had two consultations and given informed consent (signed consent forms), before the surgery can be booked or a deposit paid. 


During a mini facelift procedure, incisions are typically made around the ears, allowing the facelift surgeon to lift and tighten the deeper soft tissues. Excess skin is then trimmed. This approach offers rejuvenation, particularly around the cheek fat pads, with less skin removal than a traditional facelift.


Most patients find that recovery from a mini facelift surgery is quicker than a full facelift. Initial swelling and bruising will usually subside within a week. It’s recommended to follow our facelift surgeon’s post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth healing process and optimal results.


The mini facelift provides a refreshed appearance, with signs of sagging and excess skin reduced. Results are typically long-lasting, though they can vary based on individual facial ageing, skin quality and the patients commitment to maintain good skin hygiene and health.

Surgery Time
2 to 2.5 hours
Hospital Time
Day stay with an option for overnight
Time off work
Working from home after 1 week, back in office after 2 weeks - Occupation Dependent
Cast Removal
Face garment for two weeks
Can shower next day, however incisions must stay dry
4 to 6 weeks
24 hours after general anaesthetic and not while taking prescribed pain relief. We also recommend checking with your CTA insurer as to the post surgery exclusion period.
4 to 6 weeks
Full Recovery
6 to 12 months for final results

Considerations Before Cosmetic Surgery

While we aim to provide accurate information about the different surgical procedures available, it’s important to understand that the content provided here serves as a general guide only. The specifics of each surgery, including the procedure detailed above, can and will vary significantly from person to person, depending on their unique circumstances and physical characteristics.

Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a serious decision that requires ample thought, careful consideration, and meticulous planning. It should never be taken lightly or treated trivially, as it can have profound impacts on one’s lifestyle and wellbeing.

Recovery from cosmetic surgery, too, requires time, support, and proper aftercare. We strive to present realistic and transparent information about the recovery process, but individual experiences may vary. It is typical for recovery to involve certain services or requirements, such as the use of compression garments or receiving therapeutic massages. It also often necessitates significant lifestyle changes, which may include a period of absence from employment and temporary restrictions on certain activities.

In light of these considerations, we strongly encourage potential patients to engage in comprehensive discussions with their GP and our surgeons. The goal is to fully understand the implications, requirements, and likely outcomes of any chosen procedure, and to make informed decisions about their health and aesthetics.

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General risks and complications of surgery include:

Substantial Hemorrhage: This involves severe blood loss from the area that underwent surgery, which may necessitate additional medical interventions.
Susceptibility to Infection: Post-surgery, the risk of infection can rise, potentially requiring either antibiotic treatment or subsequent surgical interventions.
Allergic Responses: Patients may exhibit allergic reactions to medical materials such as sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions used during and after the procedure.
Hematoma Formation: This involves the development of a sizable clot of blood beneath the incision site, which may necessitate medical drainage.
Post-Surgical Discomfort: Patients may experience pain, bruising, and swelling in the area surrounding the surgical site.
Scar Development: There's a risk of developing keloids or hypertrophic scars, which are elevated, red, and thickened scars over the healed incisions. Though they can be bothersome and aesthetically displeasing, they don't pose a direct health threat.
Delayed Healing Process: Healing can be sluggish, especially in patients with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or those who smoke.
Anaesthesia Risks: Patients may experience short-term nausea following general anaesthesia, along with other potential risks associated with anaesthesia.

Mini facelift risks and complications include:

Skin Irregularities: The tightened skin can sometimes display unevenness, resulting in areas that may feel lumpy or look rippled.
Visible Scarring: Even though mini facelifts aim for minimal scarring, there is still a possibility of scars that are noticeable or do not fade as expected.
Limited Lift Longevity: Given that a mini facelift is less invasive than a full facelift, the results might not last as long and may require earlier touch-ups or revisions.
Hairline Distortion: The incisions made near the hairline can sometimes lead to an altered or irregular hairline appearance post-surgery.
Temporary Facial Weakness: While rare, nerve injury can result in temporary weakness or paralysis of facial muscles specific to the areas targeted in a mini facelift.
Skin Numbness: Some patients experience a loss of sensation in the areas of the face that were operated on, which usually returns but can occasionally be prolonged.
Asymmetry: Due to differences in healing, swelling, or surgical technique, one side of the face may appear differently than the other after surgery.
Swelling and Discoloration: Even though a mini facelift is less invasive, patients can still experience significant swelling and bruising which might take time to fully resolve.

How Much Does Mini Facelift Cost?

Your personalised quote will be prepared following an in-depth evaluation by our expert surgeon. This includes a thorough assessment of your individual needs, detailed explanation of the procedure, and a tailored approach to best achieve the desired outcomes. The quote considers various elements including surgical supplies, hospital requirements, and the specifics of the surgery itself.

Potential rebates might be available if the procedure is deemed medically necessary by relevant health authorities. Conditions for this include providing evidence supporting the medical necessity of the surgery and a referral from a healthcare professional. Your private health insurance may also provide coverage, so it’s essential to discuss this with your provider.


A mini facelift focuses on the lower part of the face, requiring smaller incisions and less invasive techniques. A traditional facelift, or deep plane facelift, addresses the entire facial structure, necessitating more extensive work, longer recovery, and often a more dramatic transformation.
Yes, a mini facelift can be combined with other procedures like a brow lift, neck lift, or dermal fillers. Combining surgeries can enhance facial harmony and achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
While any surgical procedure can result in scars, a mini facelift is designed to leave minimal visible scarring. Proper incision placement and post-operative care can further reduce the appearance of scars.
There isn’t a specific “best” age for a mini facelift. It’s more about the signs of ageing you’re experiencing and the aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Individuals in their 40s and 50s often opt for a mini facelift to address early to moderate signs of sagging.
While a mini facelift primarily targets the face, it can provide minimal improvement to the upper neck. For those with significant drooping skin or concerns about with their neck area, a neck lift might be a more appropriate procedure.
Following a mini facelift, patients typically experience swelling, which is a natural part of the healing process. On average, most of the swelling subsides within the first two weeks post-surgery. However, residual swelling can persist for several weeks to a few months. Factors like individual healing rates, adherence to post-operative care, and overall health can influence the duration of swelling.
The results of a mini facelift are designed to be long-lasting, typically enduring for several years. However, the exact duration can vary based on factors like individual skin quality, lifestyle, and environmental exposures. While a mini facelift addresses the signs of ageing, the natural ageing process continues, which is why some patients may seek touch-ups or additional procedures to maintain their appearance.
Self Assess Your Readiness

Are you sure that you are ready for a Facelift? There are many important factors that could influence whether you are in a position to handle a Facelift surgery, and how your current lifestyle can impact the quality of the results that you can achieve. We’ve provided a simple assessment to help better focus your mentality around how prepared you may be for getting a Facelift. This is not a replacement for a proper consultation with a qualified surgeon like Dr Zacharia, which will be the determining factor for whether or not to proceed, but this assessment can help focus your thoughts and prepare you mentally for what is in store and it will be looked through by Dr Michael Zacharia and the team to provide feedback and thoughts on your responses.

Self-Assess Your Readiness For a Facelift

Thank you for taking the Dr Zacharia self-assessment form to better understand how mentally and physically you are for achieving the best facelift possible. Please answer all questions below, and provide photos for a pre op screening by Dr Zacharia.

Disclaimer: Please note that Dr Zacharia has the same rights as a patient. If you choose not to go ahead with Dr Zacharia based on his recommendations, he also has the right to turn away patients who he feels may be too high risk for surgery or show a lack of compliance for surgery protocols.

Surgery is a serious decision, and we are striving for the best outcomes for all. However, all surgery comes with a risk of complication or revision. Follow your pre and post op instructions for your safety and best possible outcome. However, the human body is not an exact science and Dr Zacharia and his team can only use their extensive experience to help guide you through any issue that could arise.

Please complete the following information, so we can send you your results and contact you for further discussion later.

Dr ZACHARIA’s opinion will be based on your anatomy. If the budget you have specified does not meet his recommendations, we will highlight the limitations of lesser invasive treatments based on your budget/ anatomy.

Please provide a front on and profile photo of your face. Also, a photo of you on your profile looking down. Ideally stand in front of a plain wall or door and have someone else take the photos for the best pre op consult advise.

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