Mini-Face Lift + "S Lift" in Washington DC

Mini-Face Lift + "S Lift" in Washington DC


A mini-facelift, also termed “short scar facelift” or “S-lift,” is a surgical facelift featuring a limited scar around the ear. It is Dr. Rad’s preferred approach for young patients who desire “maintenance” lifts dramatically to slow the appearance of aging. In Washington DC, our patients seek to restore a rested appearance with minimal down time and Dr. Rad’s minimally invasive techniques allow patients to recover quickly with minimal evidence of having had surgery.  

Procedure Cost

STATS: Of the hundreds of facelifts Dr. Rad has performed mini-facelift is growing in popularity amongst his patients aged 30 – 50 years to maintain an healthy and vibrant appearance as if not to have aged.

COST: The cost of mini-facelift in Dr. Rad’s DC practice ranges from $9,000 to $11,000. Total cost depends on many factors: your unique anatomy, your goals and preferences, complexity of surgery, first-time or corrective work required, in-office (non-surgical) or hospital-based operating facility (surgical), and experience and skill of the surgeon.  

RECOVERY: Dr. Rad uses the minimally invasive “closed” technique which allows patients rapid recovery and you can expect to return to normal activities in 7-10 days.


With age comes experience and wisdom. However, we all want to be in control of how we present ourselves to the world. The goal of a facelift is not to smooth every crease or wrinkle, but rather to restore a rested and refreshed appearance. The most sophisticated work reveals the best version of one’s appearance, yet it goes unnoticed by the casual observer and does not induce speculation. Dr. Rad’s goal for each patient is to achieve this delicate balance.

Photos are of patients who have given explicit written agreement to have them displayed. For patient privacy reasons, the majority of Dr. Rad’s patients prefer their before/after photos to remain off-line. However, Dr. Rad will be happy to show you, in the setting of a confidential consultation, a series of before/after photos, not displayed here, to address your specific concerns.

*SHERBER+RAD cannot guarantee specific results. Individual results may vary.


After mini facelift patients are able to return home comfortably and perform all basic activities of daily living. You will see Dr. Rad on the first and seventh day after surgery. Recovery is not painful. During the first through second weeks swelling and bruising rapidly resolve and return to normal activities can occur quickly. 

Yes and no: surgical mini-facelift is needed when non-surgical treatments have reached their limit of efficacy. While fillers are effective in restoring volume and lifting tissues to some degree (the “liquid facelift”), patients who don’t want to have more volume added to their faces benefit from mini-facelift.

What Patients Are Saying

We consulted with three plastic surgeons before choosing Dr. Rad for my 17 year old son’s rhinoplasty and chin implant in March 2017. From the first meeting, we felt confident that Dr. Rad is a skilled, experienced and talented surgeon who pays attention to every detail. He is also a super guy – warm, caring, attentive and welcoming. Everything went smoothly and we are extremely happy with the results. We are very pleased with the whole experience and recommend him without hesitation.

Esther Alpert | July 2017

“I would (and have) recommended Dr. Rad to my family and friends. Dr. Rad is extraordinarily talented. He is extremely professional, articulate and patient. He is singularly focused on ensuring the very best results for each of his clients. I put my trust and confidence into Dr. Rad and his interactions with me and the results of my surgery greatly exceeded my expectations.”

Lisa Kay in Arlington, VA | May 18, 2017

“I am so grateful I chose Dr. Rad to perform my surgery. From the moment I walked in, I felt at ease & comfortable. The office is very clean & creative. He took time to answer all my questions, I didn’t feel rushed as I did w/ other surgeons I met. His staff was prompt to respond & very friendly. Post surgery I called over a holiday weekend w/ a question & he called me back quickly. It has been an easy recovery & trust him fully. My scars are fading quick & it’s only been 5 weeks! He’s the best!”

Jennifer W in Germantown, MD | Jun 22, 2017

“Dr. Ariel Rad is the finest physician I’ve ever met! I’ve worked with Dr. Rad over the last five years and he encompasses everything you’d hope from a physician and much more. He possesses the highest intellect, sophistication, dedication, and compassion. I can’t say enough about Dr. Rad. Every appointment I’ve had with him has exceeded my expectations. He’s the absolute best! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Ariel Rad to my family and friends for medical care.”

KVR in Pennsylvania | Jan 10, 2017

“My goal was to be a refreshed, happy, more confident version of “me.” As I prepared for surgery I had no unanswered questions and was totally confident about Dr. Rad’s skill and judgment. Interactions with Dr. Rad and his team at the time of surgery and follow up were efficient, and delivered with compassion and kindness. I recommend him without qualification.”

Cathy in Washington, DC | Dec 04, 2016

“Had a facelift with Dr. Rad. Not only did he do a magnificent job, but he was extraordinarily attentive and caring when I experienced an acute complication from surgery. He has an outstanding bedside manner. In his office, he never makes you feel rushed. Explains everything carefully. And is all around extremely kind and very talented. I have referred several people to him.”

Louise in Washington, DC | Nov 21, 2016