A mini face lift is a surgical procedure that lifts specific areas of the face rather than the entire face as is the case with a full face lift. During a mini face lift, the mid-face, lower eyelids and cheeks are lifted to improve facial aging, according to PlasticSurgery.com.
A mini face lift takes one to two hours to complete, according to PlasticSurgery.com. Temporary bruising, pain and numbness are the most common side effects of the procedure. Recovery time from a mini face lift is about one week. The mini face lift surgery is usually done on an outpatient status with local anesthetic and sedation.