Short-Scar Facelift & Limitations Explained

The idea of having plastic surgery done on your face in order to make it look more youthful and to help you recognize yourself in a mirror is appealing to many people. It is also a scary thought to many people for a variety of reasons. Some people aren’t comfortable with surgery while other people are worried about the recovery time and risk of scarring when it comes to having full facial surgery. The good news is that there is another option for those men and women who want to have a surgical procedure done on their face that will help them to obtain a more youthful appearance without having to deal with a huge amount of recovery time or a large scar.

What Is a Mini Lift?

So what, exactly, is a mini facelift? Also known as a short scar facelift, this type of plastic surgery procedure involves making a much smaller incision in your skin to help lift and pull the features back into place. Generally, a plastic surgeon will make two small incisions in front of the ears. These incisions allow the surgeon to lift the mid-face area, which is the area that is actually around your cheeks, to pull things back and get them tighter.

Oftentimes when you have a full plastic surgery procedure done on your face you will also have things like a brow lift or a neck lift done at the same time. When it comes to this short scar surgery, however, these extra surgical procedures are almost always not done in collusion with it. One of the best things this mini surgery has going for it is that it has a much shorter recovery time than a full plastic surgery that is done in your face would have. Most short scar patients heal quickly and are able to go back to work in less than a week. The swelling is less, the pain is less, and there’s a much lower risk of complications as well. This is because it’s actually a procedure that can be formed under local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia. It’s also important to note that this type of plastic surgery is also much less expensive than a full facelift would be.

Short Scar Advantages

Aside from the recovery time, there are also a number of other benefits that patients can have when going with this type of lesser surgery. This is actually a great surgery for men because this surgery doesn’t alter the hairline. Because the incisions are made in front of the ear, rather than behind it, the hairline is not affected in any way. It is also known as one of the best and most effective procedures to help handle what is known as the midfacial sag. This is the sag in the face, especially in the jowls, that tends to become noticeable when a person is between their 40’s and 50’s. This surgery is a fantastic way to lift the jowls, which greatly improves the youthful look of the face, without having to deal with an extensive amount of recovery time.

Short Scar Limitations

It is also important to note that there are some disadvantages and limitations when it comes to short scar surgery. The first being that you will not have as dramatic an effect on your face with this type of surgery as opposed to the full facial surgery. As stated before, most patients, when they opt for the full plastic surgical procedure, also have things done like a brow lift and may have work done on other parts of their face as well. These other extra procedures greatly helped to improve the youthful look of the face and have a much more dramatic effect than the short scar surgery does. A good plastic surgeon, however, can overcome some of these limitations by using other techniques during, or after, the surgery as well.

Laser resurfacing, for example, is a great way to provide an effective solution to help treat fine wrinkles and blotchy skin on the face. If done correctly it can also help to decrease deep wrinkles that are around the eyes in the mouth as well. Another procedure that can be done at the same time as a short scar surgery is an upper eyelid lift or a lower eyelid lift. Both of these types of procedures are great at tightening skin and removing fat bulges which provide a more crisp contour to the upper and lower eyelid. Dermabrasion has become extremely popular and is a fantastic way to rejuvenate the skin on your face. This technique removes a layer of skin which then heals over within a few days providing the skin with your wrinkles. Fat grafting can also be an amazing way to help replace any lost volume in the lower cheekbone area.

If you are interested in learning more about short scar surgery and if it is a good option for you, feel free to contact Dr. Andrew Jacono. Dr. Jacono is a global authority in reconstructive and facial surgery. Known as one of New York City’s premier plastic surgeon, Dr. Jacono is known for his non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures. Please contact Dr. Jacono when you’re in need of a facelift specialist in the NYC area.

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