The Difference Between a Facelift, Mini Facelift, and Nonsurgical Facelift

The Difference Between a Facelift, Mini Facelift, and Nonsurgical Facelift

The Difference Between a Facelift, Mini Facelift, and Nonsurgical Facelift


The Difference Between a Facelift, Mini Facelift, and Nonsurgical Facelift​​​​​​​


The American Board of Plastic Surgery recognizes the different types of facelifts. Each can meet every patient’s needs and expectations. Their ultimate goal is to improve the way you look. If you are trying to decide which of them is for you, here are the things that set a facelift, mini facelift, and nonsurgical facelift apart. 




Aging changes the shape and appearance of your face. The skin loosens and does not return to its normal position right away. A facelift aims to make you look younger by reducing your sagging skin. It can also smooth out folds of skin along the jawline and cheeks. 


Another term for this procedure is rhytidectomy. In this procedure, the doctor will pull back a flap of skin on each side of your face. The doctor will change the tissue underneath and remove any excess skin. This will make you appear younger. 


You can get a neck lift as part of your facelift. It reduces the sagging skin on your neck. This procedure can remove fat deposits in this area as well. You should note that a facelift cannot correct sun damage, fine lines, and other detailed cosmetic issues. A neck lift is often done as part of a facelift. 


Mini Facelift


This is a modified form of a conventional facelift. It also uses incisions to pull up sagging skin and use incisions to remove extra skin. If you want fewer incisions or less excess skin, a mini facelift is the right procedure for you. Even if it is a mini facelift, it is still a major procedure. Its common side effects are swelling, bruising, and pain.

A mini facelift focuses on loose or sagging skin. The doctor will lift your skin upwards through small incisions. Excess skin removal will take place as well during this procedure. This can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tighten your skin. Your doctor may perform a brow lift or eye lift with a mini facelift. These extra procedures can help maximize your mini facelift results. 


Nonsurgical Facelift


Many people prefer nonsurgical facelift treatments. These procedures combine nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedures. The aim of these procedures is to refresh your appearance. The procedures do not need an overnight hospital stay, anesthesia, or large incisions. 


If you decide to get this, you will step in and out of the doctor’s clinic right away. There will be very little postoperative pain, resulting in a short downtime. The results will still be significant anti-aging results. Your doctor can make your nonsurgical facelift a custom-fit procedure. It can address problems such as deep lines, thinning lips, and acne scarring. These are the common components of a nonsurgical facelift:


  • Dermal fillers are smooth-gel injectables capable of restoring the volume in your skin and removing black shadows. This makes you look even more youthful. 

  • Botox injections can smooth out the creases on your forehead and crow’s feet on the sides of your eyes. 

  • Needleless treatments are treatments that do not involve needles or incisions. Laser and ultrasound treatments are examples.


Understanding the differences among the mentioned types of facelifts can help you make informed decisions about them. At Jason K. Potter, MD, DDS, we always provide high-quality procedures to our patients. 


Visit us in Dallas, Texas, for an in-person consultation. Call 214-892-2474 to schedule a one-on-one consultation or ask about our facelift packages.