Most people are familiar with facelift surgery. This procedure is the gold standard when it comes to facial rejuvenation. A lesser-known procedure that also produces dramatic results is the short-scar facelift.
This alternative is a great option for patients who want to treat moderate signs of age but are worried about the potential for visible scarring. Learn more about what this procedure entails and how it can produce a naturally refreshed appearance.
Short-Scar Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift
Both procedures are designed to treat the major signs of aging; the primary difference is the type of incision used. A traditional facelift involves an incision that begins on the side of the head, then passes around the ear to end in the hair behind the ear.
This longer incision allows for more dramatic correction of aging, such as sagging or excess skin. However, this often leaves a visible scar behind the ear. Although the scars fade over time, some patients would prefer not to have scars that are visible when they’re wearing their hair up.
Short-scar facelift surgery eliminates scarring behind the ear. This procedure eliminates the portion of the facelift scar behind the ear, allowing women to wear their hair up after surgery without worrying about visible scarring. Short-scar facelift surgery is also a great option for those who have short hairstyles and want to avoid scars behind their ears. The short-scar procedure works well for younger women, and those who have milder facial sagging.
What About Downtime?
Patients who undergo short-scar facelift surgery can look forward to a quicker and more comfortable recovery period. It’s common for patients to experience bruising, tenderness, swelling, soreness and feelings of tightness along their incisions after surgery. The bruising usually clears within two to three weeks along with the usual temporary facial distortions. Patients can usually resume their busy schedules three weeks or so after surgery, while looking and feeling great.
Who Should Consider a Short-Scar Facelift?
A short-scar facelift cannot replace a full facelift, but it still offers significant benefits for men and women seeking long-term facial rejuvenation. Because it addresses the deeper structures of the face, it allows patients to look like younger versions of themselves rather than looking overcorrected.
Patients seeking this procedure typically:
- Are in their 40s and 50s
- Have mild to moderate signs of facial aging
- Are seeking long-term facial rejuvenation with as little scarring as possible
- Do not have severe facial aging, such as excessively sagging skin and deep skin folds
The best way to learn whether this procedure is right for you is by scheduling a consultation. At your initial consultation, plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Pugash will carefully evaluate your facial aging and suggest the best procedure to reach your cosmetic goals. You may also benefit from procedures that complement the effects of facial surgery, such as dermal fillers, facial fat grafting, or a rejuvenating chemical peel.
To take the next step, contact plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Pugash today for a personal consultation. Based on your preferences and ultimate goals, he will create a personalized treatment plan that is customized to your unique anatomy.