What is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift cements the gap between a traditional facelift and non-invasive procedures. This versatile treatment can help address the prominent signs of aging that appear in the lower region of the face. 

Even though this technique is not as extensive as the traditional approach, the mini facelift is still an invasive cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess skin and recontouring one’s facial profile. However, it does require fewer incisions and is associated with a quicker recovery period when compared to the full facelift.

  • Average Cost: $7,350 to $9,400
  • Typical Recovery Period: Four to Six Weeks
  • Discomfort Level: Relatively Moderate
  • Anesthesia Options: Local, General, or IV Sedation

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Mini Facelift Benefits

A mini facelift in Nashville offers a range of benefits tailored for individuals looking for subtle yet impactful facial rejuvenation:

  • Targeted Rejuvenation: Focusing primarily on the lower part of the face, a mini facelift addresses mild to moderate sagging in areas like the jowls and neck, restoring a firmer, more youthful contour.
  • Shorter Recovery Time: Given its less invasive nature, patients typically experience a quicker recovery with less downtime, allowing them to return to regular activities sooner.
  • Minimized Scarring: The procedure involves smaller and fewer incisions, which are strategically placed to reduce visible scarring.
  • Cost-Effective: Often, a mini facelift is more affordable than a full facelift due to its targeted and streamlined approach.
  • Natural Results: The procedure offers subtle enhancements, ensuring that results appear natural, rejuvenated, and not overly "pulled" or tight.
  • Local Anesthesia: Many mini facelifts can be performed under local anesthesia, reducing the risks associated with general anesthesia.
  • Combination with Other Procedures: Its minimally invasive nature allows it to be easily combined with other treatments, like brow lifts or eyelid surgeries, for a comprehensive facial enhancement.
  • Long-lasting Impact: While no procedure can halt the aging process, the results of a mini facelift can last for several years, offering an extended period of enhanced appearance.
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Are You a Candidate?

This procedure can beautifully restore your youthful appearance. If you’re experiencing mild to moderate facial aging, a mini facelift can deliver a naturally refreshed look. In general, we recommend the mini facelift to Nashville patients who want to correct:

  • Diminished jawline definition
  • Wrinkles on the lower third portion of the face
  • Slight skin laxity on the neck, lower face, and midface

During your private consultation at our Nashville office, Dr. Moran will perform an initial assessment of your facial contours and collect your medical history to determine if the mini facelift is right for you. Ideal candidates should be in good physical health and have realistic expectations for what the procedure can accomplish.

Should I get a Non-Surgical Facelift?

Listen to Dr. Moran as she navigates the world of non-surgical facelifts.

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The Mini Facelift Procedure

The primary goal of a Nashville mini facelift with Dr. Moran is to remove excess skin and lift the remaining tissue to redefine your facial contours.

The procedure will begin with the administration of an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Moran will make incisions around the ears and hairline.

She will then recontour the area by elevating the underlying tissues and removing excess skin. In many cases, she will combine the procedure with eyelid surgery or a brow lift for a complete transformation. Once the necessary corrections have been made, Dr. Moran will close the incisions with sutures and bandage the area to keep it protected.


The initial recovery period from a mini facelift lasts about one week. During this time, you can expect some bruising and swelling. You’ll also need to avoid certain activities, including high-intensity exercise. Most of our patients can return to work and strenuous exercise within two weeks.

The Results

A mini facelift in Nashville may be less extensive than a traditional facelift, but the outcomes are stunning. “Beautifully refreshed” is how we describe the results of the mini facelift. In terms of longevity, the enhancements are very long-lasting, but your skin and underlying tissues will continue to age naturally moving forward.

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Dr. Mary Lynn Moran, M.D. 

Dr. Moran stands out as the only female Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Tennessee and holds the distinctive honor of being the first female president of AAFPRS. She trained at Boston University, Tufts, and the University of Michigan, and has 28 years of experience seeing patients in her private, concierge practice. She proudly provides fully customized mini facelift procedures to help women and men in the Nashville area reclaim their youth.

Mini Facelift FAQ

Are the results permanent?

Will there be visible scars?

Is general anesthesia required?

Are there risks involved?

Can a mini facelift be combined with other procedures?

Are the results permanent?

While a mini facelift provides long-lasting results, it doesn't stop the aging process. Over time, facial tissues will continue to change, but the effects can last several years.

Will there be visible scars?

Incisions are strategically placed around the ear and hairline to conceal scars. Over time, these scars typically fade and become less noticeable.

Is general anesthesia required?

Not always. Many mini facelifts can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the patient's comfort and the surgeon's recommendation.

Are there risks involved?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks, including infection, bleeding, scarring, or complications related to anesthesia. It's vital to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to minimize risks.

Can a mini facelift be combined with other procedures?

Yes, it's common to combine a mini facelift with other facial procedures, such as eyelid surgery or brow lifts, to achieve a comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Discover Your Options

Dr. Mary Lynn Moran is dedicated to providing innovative cosmetic services to patients in the Franklin, TN area. If you want to learn more about getting a mini facelift in Nashville with Dr. Moran or want to explore our more traditional facelifts, contact our office to schedule your informative consultation today.

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