Comparing Facelift, Mini Facelift and Liquid Facelift

Facelift in Albany, NY

When it comes to choosing between facelift, mini facelift or liquid facelift, factors such as permanency and recovery time come into play. Top Albany plastic surgeon Dr. Sanjiv Kayastha explains different facelift options and the best candidates for each. 


The classic facelift involves tightening of the skin of the neck, jowls and cheeks, as well as the underlying muscles. Expect 10 to 15 years to vanish from your face once the swelling and bruising go away, with the effects good for that same time period. Scars from the operation are hidden in the hairline. 

Facelift patients can usually face the public about two weeks post-surgery, but the face may take a few months to feel normal again. 

Mini Facelift 

Dr. Kayastha does not recommend mini facelift, as it is not a comprehensive solution to aging. Although the procedure requires fewer incisions than a traditional facelift, it is also less effective at rejuvenating your facial appearance. Patients sometimes ask for mini facelift as a way to target sagging jowls or other signs of aging on the lower face. However, Dr. Kayastha is able to improve the appearance of this area with far more effective procedures and products. 

Liquid Facelift

Surgical facelift is not an option for everyone. The procedure requires several weeks of recovery and some time off work. Liquid facelifts, although not as long-lasting as the surgical variety, are convenient and need little or no downtime. Many people have these procedures done on their lunch hour. 

A liquid facelift involves the use of dermal fillers, such as Juvederm or Restylane. These fillers cause a more subtle change in appearance than facelifts or mini facelifts. Lines and wrinkles are plumped up, hollows under eyes filled, and there is some sagging reduction. Keep in mind that a liquid facelift cannot correct serious sagging — for that, surgery is necessary. 

Fillers are also useful as a complement to mini facelift. 

While the liquid facelift procedure is less expensive than traditional or mini-facelift, the results do not last as long. Depending on the type of filler used, patients may need an annual or even more frequent touch-up. Over time, the cost associated with having multiple liquid facelifts may exceed that of a traditional facelift or mini facelift. 

For More Information, Contact Dr. Kayastha  

If you would like to learn more about facelift, mini facelift and liquid facelift and determine which one is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanjiv Kayastha. Contact our Albany practice today and schedule an appointment. Our team will answer all of your questions, address any concerns and let you know whether you are a candidate for these procedures.