S-Lift (Mini-Facelift)

Some of the earliest signs of aging can be seen on our faces. But, combating this is possible. A mini facelift, also called an S-Lift, can rejuvenate skin that has begun to sag around the lower face.

Years pass, and gravity begins to pull skin and everything around it downward. Slowly, our muscles become lax and age with the rest of us, no longer able to keep the face as tight as it once was.

In its journey down our face, this sagging skin leaves in its path deeper wrinkles, creeping jowls, or loose skin on the neck. Despite our best efforts at self-care and maintaining good health, this pull is relentless.

What is a Mini Facelift All About

The S-Lift or mini-facelift is a less-invasive surgical procedure than a full facelift. Don’t let the name fool you. Even though it is “mini,” the results can still be stunning.

It is also called an S-Lift because of the shape of the incision. A small s-shaped incision is made around the ear. Though small and hidden, this allows Dr. Cole and his team to lift wrinkles and tighten sagging skin in the lower face area.

This type of facelift affects the lower third of the face and is ideal for patients from age 30 to 60, who want a refreshed and youthful appearance with minimal downtime.

A Mini Facelift Can Help With

  • Provide a rejuvenated and youthful appearance
  • Create a more vibrant and refreshed appearance
  • Remove excess fatty deposits in the lower jaw and neckline
  • Used as a preventative when early signs of sagging or loose skin begin showing

How an S-Lift is Performed: Step-by-Step

Being less invasive, the process of completing an S-Lift is usually rather brief. The procedure is typically performed in the surgical suite in our office and takes about 2 hours.


The type of anesthetic used may vary with each patient – some may choose an injection of a local anesthetic, while others may be more comfortable with light IV sedation. Dr. Cole and his team will consult with you to determine which anesthetic is the right choice for your procedure.

The Lift

First, an incision is made along the front of the ear. The skin is then gently lifted, and the muscles underneath are tightened. Excess skin and fat that is in the area will be removed. Finally, the incision is closed with tiny sutures.

Combining an S-Lift With Other Procedures

For some patients, a mini facelift may be all they need. Other patients might see other target areas that could use restoration as well.

Patients often may also choose to undergo liposuction of the neck at the same time for a more dramatic result. The combined effects build on each other to produce a striking result.

Another procedure that can be combined with an S-Lift is a full-face laser resurfacing. This is frequently suggested in combination with the mini-facelift to expose fresh skin, allowing for an evening out of skin texture and pigmentation.

If you are considering multiple procedures, the team at Cole Aesthetic Center is ready to discuss your personalized rejuvenation plan.

Downtime and Recovery Process for a Mini Facelift

You should plan on about a week of downtime for an S-Lift and two weeks before returning to full activity. Though the procedure is not invasive, your body will still require some time to heal. It is important to give it that chance.

How You Will Feel

Expect some bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to wear a compression wrap. Sutures will remain in place for 1-2 weeks to facilitate effective and clean healing at the incision sites.

You may experience temporary numbness in the areas around the incision. This sensation is entirely normal, and the numbness will resolve as your healing progresses.

Recovery for Mini-Facelift

You will need to put a pause on cosmetics until you are approved to do so by Dr. Cole. This is vital to reduce your risk of infection.  During this time, do not strain yourself. Physical activity should be at a minimum. Exercise regimens are best kept on hold until you are approved to resume regular activity.

S-Lift Results

Once you are healed, there will be some time before you see the full results. Your face will adjust to its new shape given time. But, it will be worth the wait. You will be able to see the full results of the mini facelift surgery anywhere from 4 months to a year after your surgery.

Am I a Candidate For a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift can deliver results that leave you looking and feeling years younger. However, it is essential to have realistic expectations. Dr. Cole and his team work with patients to match a plan to their specific needs.

Sooner is better than later. Mini facelifts are best for patients who want to catch sagging skin early on. The ideal age for receiving this procedure is between 30-40 years, though this is flexible. Patients up to about 60 years old might still be able to achieve results from this procedure.

For patients who are experiencing more severe sagging around the neck, a full facelift might be a better option.

Mini Facelift in Seattle

When choosing a physician for a mini facelift, it is vital that you put yourself in the best of hands.

Dr. Cole is a board-certified surgeon with decades of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

He has a track record of proven results that speaks for itself. By using cutting-edge techniques and technology, he is able to help patients build confidence in their appearance.

Schedule a Consultation Today

At Cole Aesthetic Center, plastic surgery Seattle, we work with patients each step of the way, developing a personal approach that works for them. We are ready to answer any questions and keep patients informed throughout the process.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Cole today and bring yourself one step closer to your ideal self. We are also available by phone at 360.613.2600 or fill out the form to the right.


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