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Mini-Lift, Cheek Lift, Mid-Lift

If you are in the early stages of aging due to relaxation of the tissues in your cheek, have slight jowling along the jawline, or an increase in the depth of the folds between your nose and your lateral lip (nasolabial folds), you will benefit from a mini-lift.

The upper cheek and lower eyelid areas of the face often flatten and lengthen as you age. A mini-face lift, also known as a cheek lift or mid-lift, is a facial rejuvenation procedure that addresses tissues that have relaxed in your cheek, slight jowling along the jawline, and/or an increase in the depth of the folds, or smile lines, between your nose and your lateral lip (nasolabial folds). A mini-lift increases the fullness of the eyes and cheeks by elevating the cheek’s fat pad, which creates a natural, refreshed and younger-looking appearance.
A mini-lift addresses a specific area of the face, so the doctor may recommend other pairing it with other procedures such as a brow-lift to achieve more dramatic results.


How is a mini-lift performed?

Mini-lifts are an outpatient procedure. Using local anesthesia with sedation, Dallas facial plastic surgeon Dr. John Standefer makes small incisions around the hairline and ear to elevate the drooping cheek tissue (malar fat pad). To ensure long-lasting results with less relaxation of the jowls, Dr. Standefer elevates and repositions the layer below the skin (SMAS). Once the cheek tissue is pulled up, nasolabial laugh lines around the mouth are also reduced. Sutures are placed in the fat pad, then it is pulled back up to its original position.


What can I expect during recovery for a mini-lift?

Recovery takes 7-10 days. Patients usually experience moderate discomfort with minimal bruising and swelling, which can be eased using ice for the first 24-48 hours. Computer work, paperwork and bookwork can be performed comfortably following surgery. Pain is typically controlled well with Tylenol, but some patients do not require any pain medication. Patients may return to normal physical activities within 2-3 weeks.
Results are noticeable after the bruising and swelling subside. The full outcome is typically visible after a couple of months. Complete healing is achieved in 3-6 months.


How much does a mini-lift cost?

Because each person is unique and this procedure can and may need to be combined with other facial procedures, please call to schedule your complimentary consultation so that we can discuss your exact needs and provide you with your cost options. We offer financing options to make the mini-lift affordable for everyone. Learn more about our financing options.
Cheek Lift



Dr. Standefer is totally
awesome. I have had several
things done and I don't worry
about the surgery because I
know how good he is. He is
good at what he does, he knows
what he is doing his staff makes
you feel at home. Thank you all.



I'm no longer self conscious
about my face. It turned back
the clock and has made me
feel like I look good again.
I am highly satisfied because
after surgery I still look
like myself, but younger
& more rested. I look natural.

— RealPatientRatings



Dr. Standefer and his skilled
team can help you achieve a
better you! From the first
consultation with your doctor,
with your procedure, and then
through your healing process--
it's all about you! The hardest
part is making the decision to
proceed to a better you!