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Mini Facelift

Do you want to address signs of aging in your face but want a plastic surgery option that's more conservative than a facelift? 

A mini facelift can lift the features along your jawline and midface while creating minimal scarring. 

The plastic surgeons at The Landings Surgical Centre help Halifax, Nova Scotia, patients revitalize their look with a mini facelift.  

What Is a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift addresses the areas in the middle to lower thirds of the face. The procedure can eliminate excess fat or skin in or around the cheeks, mouth, and other facial features. It involves the placement of small incisions by the ears for minimal scarring with maximum results.

Benefits of a Mini Facelift

You may wonder why patients opt for a mini facelift when the option for a complete facelift is available at our practice. A mini facelift can offer several benefits that make the option more accessible than a traditional facelift: 

  • Less scarring than with a full facelift
  • Fewer risks and side effects
  • Faster recovery
  • Less invasive than a full facelift
  • Reduced appearance of jowls and sagging cheeks
  • Better cheekbone contours
  • Fewer lines and wrinkles
  • Improved self-confidence

Is a Mini Facelift Right For You?

Mini facelifts may be a great option to meet your cosmetic desires without undergoing a full facelift.

Drs. Louis Boileau and Richard Bendor-Samuel are board-certified, meaning they consistently train in their field to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements. Our doctors provide personalized care and tailor all procedures to meet each patient’s needs. To find out if a mini facelift is right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation at our Halifax office:

(866) 602-9620

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Drs. Boileau and Bendor-Samuel are dedicated to helping Halifax patients.

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Claire Colville


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Dr. Boileau was great to deal with and did an excellent job. I was awake during my procedure and it was the last surgery of the day. He was cheerful and relaxed and it put me at ease. Very happy with the results and wouldn’t hesitate to use him again in the future.

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Sandra Leaman


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Dr. Bendor-Samuel was nothing but the most professional, compassionate, caring Dr, I felt comfortable and at ease about the procedures which helped with the whole process. The staff at the front desk were always more than helpful to answer  questions both pre and post op. I would definitely recommend Landings Surgical to anyone!

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Concerns a Mini Facelift Can Treat

The mini facelift procedure is an ideal surgery for younger patients as well as those who only need a minimal lift. Most patients who undergo a mini facelift are those who want to address:

  • Sagging cheeks
  • Loose skin around the neck
  • Drooping, sagging skin along the jaw line (jowls)
  • Excess skin and fat that creates a sagging chin
  • Wrinkles in specific areas in the mid to lower thirds of the face

Process of a Mini Facelift Procedure

​Our doctors use the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) technique to provide patients throughout Canada with the most natural-looking results.

Day of Procedure

​Our doctors use the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS) technique to provide patients throughout Canada with the most natural-looking results.

Numbing With Anesthesia

Because mini facelifts are less invasive than a full facelift, most patients require only local anesthesia to numb the surgical site rather than general anesthesia.

Making the Incision

Once we have administered the anesthetic and you are completely comfortable, Drs. Bendor-Samuel or Boileau will begin the procedure by creating small incisions beneath your ear lobes.

Lifting the Face

In addition to lifting the skin, the SMAS technique allows our doctors to lift the underlying facial muscles to add to the lifting effect fully.

Creating Natural Contours

A mini facelift can offer more than just the appearance of lifted skin. Our doctors can also remove any excess tissue and create more natural contours within the cheeks and lower half of the face. 

Closing the Incisions

After lifting the muscles and skin, your incisions will be closed. Since the incisions on a mini facelift are small, scarring is minimal after the procedure. 

Monitoring During Recovery

The mini facelift is an outpatient procedure, but our doctors will continue to check in with you via phone to ensure a safe and successful recovery.

Recovery By Week

Our doctors will provide instructions on caring for your incisions after your procedure and how to manage your recovery best. Generally, your recovery will look like this week by week:

Week One

It's important to stay on top of pain medication during this week since discomfort may occur in the first few days. You may have a follow-up visit a few days after your procedure, where our doctor will change your surgical dressings and evaluate the area. Bruising and swelling may occur a few days after the procedure. 

Week Two 

Bruising and swelling may still be prevalent during week two of your recovery. You may experience tingling or numbness in your face due to swelling and overall recovery, but these are normal side effects of the procedure and are not cause for alarm. Toward the end of week two, you should be able to return to work.

Week Three and Four

Depending on your recovery process, your sutures are removed somewhere between weeks one and three, so by this week, your sutures have been removed. You may still have residual tightness and swelling, but for the most part, these symptoms have subsided, and you can begin to see the full contours of your facelift.

One Month After

A month after surgery, any swelling and bruising will likely only be noticeable to you. If you haven't already, you can fully return to your normal routine, including high-intensity exercise. Everyone's recovery timeline will vary, so relax during this time, take it slow, and recover at your own pace. 

Other Procedures We Offer

Brow Lift

A traditional facelift doesn't target the eyebrows and skin around the eyes. For a more awakened expression around your eyes, we recommend patients combine a facelift with a brow lift procedure. 

Learn More About Brow Lifts

Full Facelift

A traditional facelift includes lifting of the jawline and midface as well as the forehead. This procedure can be a more invasive facelift procedure but can produce more dramatic results. 

Learn More About Traditional Facelifts

Neck Lift

Signs of aging can appear on your neck even faster than on your face. However, a facelift doesn't target sagging in this area. Pair a neck lift with your facelift to rejuvenate your entire appearance. 

Learn More About Neck Lifts

Patients Across Canada Love Our Halifax Practice


Laura Pitts


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So beyond happy with my experience here. Dr. Bendor-Samuel and his staff (especially Mary, one of the nurses) were absolutely amazing throughout my entire surgical journey. I highly recommend!

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Suzanne Farrag


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Always a professional friendly experience here with everyone from reception to surgeon! Dr Boileau is so knowledgeable and comforting, I felt very confident and he provided me many options to meet my budget. 

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The Landings Surgical Centre

Our surgeons have the training and expertise to provide the beautiful results you deserve. Drs. Bendor-Samuel and Boileau are members of several esteemed organizations, such as:

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Canadian Medical Association

Schedule a consultation online or call us at (902) 492-2007 to learn more. Our Halifax practice provides convenient care for patients from Prince Edward Island and nearby areas.

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