Are You a Good Candidate for a Weekend Face Lift?

Today’s advanced cosmetic surgery techniques mean the days of too-tight, obviously surgical facelift results are quickly becoming a thing of the past. In fact, the increasing trend toward even more minimal procedures with faster recovery times has led to the rise of the “weekend” facelift. What’s a weekend facelift, and could you be a candidate?

What’s a Weekend Face Lift, Anyway?

The weekend facelift, aka the mini facelift, the lifestyle lift or QuickLift®, is a more recent name for a procedure that’s been around quite a while already. A modified version of a full facelift, the weekend facelift is a less complex surgery that results in a faster healing time.

The weekend facelift uses shorter incisions than a full facelift, and can correct mild sagging through the jawline and upper neck, as well as improve a double chin. A weekend facelift is best for younger candidates (55 or under) and the recovery period is only a few days long—hence the nickname.

However, there’s a downside to mini-lifts also, primarily that so-called “mini” procedures tend to deliver “mini” results.

The trade-off for the shorter recovery time is that the temporary improvements seen after a weekend facelift won’t be as significant as a full facelift, and won’t last as long.

Should You or Shouldn’t You?

It’s understandable that today’s increasingly hectic schedules have led to a similarly increased demand for better procedures with faster recovery times and nearly immediate results. Yet, a faster recovery doesn’t always translate to better results. 

As with any cosmetic surgery, if you have realistic expectations about the limitations of a weekend facelift as well as the possible results, you’re more likely to feel satisfied with the outcome. However, not everyone is a good candidate. If you’re still interested in a weekend facelift, check with your cosmetic surgeon about the pros and cons before you decide to move forward.