Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care, providing comprehensive and individualized treatment plans.

Our team of Facial Plastic Surgeons, clinic experts and licensed estheticians has more than 50 years of combined experience in helping you achieve your desired results. We provide you with the most innovative and technologically advanced surgical and non­surgical procedures and treatments to help you rediscover your natural beauty so you can look and feel your best.

A Facelift at Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery

Also known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is designed to improve the overall shape and youthfulness of your face while respecting your natural features and character. In general, a facelift will take 10 years off of your perceived age. Dr. Christopher Tolan and Dr. Garrett Griffin are both double-board certified ENT / Facial Plastic Surgeons, so you can be assured that you are in the best hands possible for this procedure.

One of the benefits of a surgical facelift is that there are several different kinds, which allows your surgeon to customize their approach to meet your individual needs. However, facelifts can generally be broken down into three types: SMAS lifts, deep plane lifts, and short-scar lifts. You and your surgeon will discuss at length which approach is best for you, your skin, and your expectations.

Regardless of which type of facelift is indicated for you, the primary goal of a rhytidectomy is to improve jowls and loose skin in the lower face and neck. In turn, a full facelift always includes a neck lift. This ensures that there is an overall rejuvenation to your appearance and not a noticeable break at the neckline. That said, there are additional procedures that can be performed that are more targeted at the neck if your main concern lies below the jawline.

When Is The Right Time To Get A Facelift?

Studies show that younger patients note higher satisfaction rates with their facelift procedure. This is partly because our skin quality is better in our 50s compared to our 70s. Skin is more resilient and heals more quickly as well. We encourage our patients to consider our facelift services at a younger age so that they may enjoy the benefits for many years to come!

The Midface Lift

Not all patients require a full facelift. In these cases, a “midface” lift may be more appropriate. This procedure is designed to recreate the youthful “apple” of the cheek and midface.

Just as in the case of full facelifts, there are many types of midface lifts, including open and endoscopic techniques, as well as an injectable dermal filler to reduce the appearance of any noticeable scarring.

Again, you and your physician will discuss which option is best for you. This may include discussing options of injectables such as Juvederm® and/or Voluma® or fat grafting techniques to achieve your desired outcome.


  • Sagging skin around the jawline
  • Loose skin on the neck
  • Jowls along with corners of the mouth
  • Flattening of the cheek area


  • Smoothing and tightening of neckline
  • Tightening of the jawline
  • Lift to low face
  • Smoothing of wrinkles

The Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is a modified version of the traditional facelift. It is best suited for candidates who have less excess skin to be removed and are looking for a subtler degree of change.

The mini facelift specifically targets the lower half of the face (cheeks and jawline), reducing the appearance of wrinkles and tightening the skin for a more youthful appearance.

Many people choose to undergo a mini facelift procedure in conjunction with a brow lift or an eye lift to maximize the results.

The Mini Facelift Procedure

The procedure will begin with the administration of local anesthesia with sedation. In contrast, the full facelift is more likely to require general anesthesia, which comes with a greater chance of side effects like nausea.

After the anesthesia takes effect, small incisions will be made around the hairline and the ears. These incisions are shorter than those of a traditional facelift. The tissues present underneath the skin will then be lifted, and excess tissue will be removed. After the surgery is completed, incisions will be closed using sutures.

The Mini Facelift Recovery

Once the mini facelift has been performed, the patient will be sent home wearing dressings over their stitches. Drains may also be present. Your doctor will remove drains and stitches during a follow-up appointment.

Even though it’s called a mini facelift, it is still major cosmetic surgery. Because of this, recovering fully from the procedure can take several weeks. It is best to avoid activities like high-intensity workouts and sports. A degree of swelling and bruising is common, though typically less than with a full facelift.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does A Facelift Cost?

The cost of a facelift will depend on several factors. The price can be affected by body type, type of technique performed, surgical complications, and even allergies.

How Long Will The Results Of A Facelift Last?
Facelift results can significantly vary, lasting anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Factors such as skin quality, lifestyle, and dedication to post-operative care play important roles in maintaining the results. A healthy lifestyle and proper skincare routine can prolong the benefits of a facelift.
Will A Facelift Leave Scars?
Yes, a facelift will leave scars, but surgeons strategically place incisions in less visible areas. The incisions are created behind the ear or along the hairline. Post-surgical marks typically fade over time, becoming less conspicuous.
What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used During A Facelift?
Facelift surgery generally requires general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The choice depends on the procedure's extent and the patient's health and preferences. A board-certified anesthesiologist ensures safety and comfort throughout the operation.
How Does Aging Continue To Affect The Face After A Facelift?
Aging naturally continues after a facelift. While the surgery can reset the clock, it doesn't stop it. Lifestyle factors and genetics influence how the face ages post-surgery, affecting the procedure's durability.
How Often Do Patients Require Revision Facelift Surgery?
Revision facelifts are relatively uncommon but may be considered for various reasons, including changes in the patient's aesthetic goals or natural aging processes. The frequency of such surgeries is low, with most patients satisfied with their initial outcomes.

Facelift Techniques and Customization

Several facelift techniques exist, each tailored to address individual aging patterns and facial structures. Surgeons customize the approach, whether a traditional facelift, mini-facelift, or mid-face lift, to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Ideal Age for Facelifts

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Candidates range from their 40s to their 70s, primarily depending on individual concerns and goals. During the consultation, our team can help you learn more about your skin’s level of aging and the best approach to removing wrinkles and sagging skin.

Learn More with a Consultation

Vadnais Heights, Eagan & Woodbury patients who are interested in learning more about the facelift procedure can schedule a consultation by contacting Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery today.


Before + After Results

View before and after photos of surgeries performed by facial plastic surgeons Dr. Christopher Tolan, Dr. Garrett Griffin, Dr. Zachary Farhood and Dr. Anna Bakeman in Minneapolis, MN.