In addition to following a healthy lifestyle, facelifts are one of the best ways to stay looking youthful. So, when it comes time to undergo a facelift, it’s important to know what the different types are, which issues they address and whether you’re a suitable candidate.
With so much focus on reducing downtime, more patients want to shorter recovery periods but with the same results as with a traditional facelift. Short-scar facelifts, also known as a mid-facelift, focus on lifting both the mid and lower regions of the face.
What is a Short-Scar Facelift?
Short-scar facelifts, also known as a mid or lower face-lift, focus on lifting both the mid and lower regions of the face. This type of facial rejuvenation is geared towards patients who might not need a full facelift but are showing signs of premature jowl formation, sagging skin and a significant loss of mid-face volume.
While many minimally invasive skin rejuvenation techniques can yield similar results, they aren’t permanent and need ongoing maintenance. And while the results can be dramatic, non-surgical rejuvenation will not give patients the same result as a short-scar facelift.
Short-scar facelifts utilize very small incisions, which are invisible to the naked eye. Not only does it expedite healing, but also allows patients to feel less self-conscious about scarring. Short-scar facelifts gently lift the SMAS muscle,(superficial myoaponeurotic muscle), which helps to define the jawline and boost mid-face volume. Overall, your face looks more youthful with better symmetry, similar to when you were younger.
In addition to leaving a smaller scar behind the ears, a short-scar facelift also offers patients shorter recovery times, correction of mid-face sagging and enhanced jaw definition. The risk of nerve damage is also reduced, and your natural hairline will not be altered as sometimes seen with traditional face-lifting procedures.
Patients who are in good health, don’t smoke and have realistic expectations are usually the best candidates for a short-scar facelift. It’s important to let your plastic surgeon know about any underlying medical conditions that could impact the outcome.
If you smoke or drink alcohol regularly, your surgeon will ask that you refrain for at least 30 days prior to surgery. Since smoking can negatively affect healing, it’s important that you speak honestly with your surgeon during the consultation.
If you’re considering facial plastic surgery, the first step is a consultation with a certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Husni truly understands the complexity of the facial structures and uses his keen eye for aesthetics to help patients reach their aesthetic goals. To learn more about a short-scar facelift can do for you, contact our office today.