What Is a Short Scar Facelift?

A “short scar facelift” requires shorter incisions and faster healing time than a traditional facelift, making it ideal for patients experiencing less extreme mid to lower facial sagging. The incision is placed in the hair, just above the ear, extending downward to the base of the ear. Through the incision, the connective tissues beneath the skin (the SMAS layer) are carefully repositioned and lifted to their youthful position. Dr. Reitzen may remove submental fat (double chin fat) with gentle liposuction to enhance jawline definition.

What Can a Short Scar Facelift Treat?

This surgical approach may be ideal for patients who want to rejuvenate the lower facial area by removing jowls and restoring an elegant, youthful jawline. The surgery is appropriate for those in their 40s and 50s experiencing the development of:

  • Deepened nasolabial folds
  • A sagging jawline
  • Under-chin fat  
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What Are the Benefits of a Short Scar Facelift?

The benefits of this treatment include the following:

  • Shorter incisions, virtually invisible surgical scars
  • No incisions placed in the back of the ears
  • Less risk of distorting the appearance of the earlobes
  • No effect on the hairline
  • Less chance of nerve injury
  • Does not require general anesthesia in most cases

Am I a Candidate for a Short Scar Facelift?

If you are experiencing earlier signs of facial aging, such as etched-in smile lines and a sagging jawline, and are in good general health, you may be a good candidate for a short scar facelift in Upper East Side. This approach to facial rejuvenation is also ideal for patients who want to improve the results of an initial facelift procedure.

What Is the Recovery Time After a Short Scar Facelift?

The recovery from a short scar facelift will involve some swelling and bruising but is less extensive than the aftereffects of a full facelift. During your recovery, you will need to sleep on your back, with your head elevated, and avoid bending over or any activity that could result in pressure or impact on the restructured tissues. Stitches are removed in about one week. Plan on taking one to two weeks off, and take the time to rest and allow your body to heal. You must avoid vigorous activities, including exercise, lifting pets or children, for at least two weeks, but should take gentle walks every day. Most people with short scar facelifts can return to work or other activities in one to two weeks, feeling and looking great.

What Is the Difference Between a Full Facelift and a Short Scar Facelift?

The difference between a full facelift and a short scar facelift is that less extensive changes are made. A full facelift is likely needed for those with a more extreme level of sagging, creased facial skin, a double chin, or a sagging upper neck appearance. A full facelift is typically performed with general anesthesia and requires longer incisions. Younger patients who want to restore jawline definition and look more youthful in the most natural way may be candidates for a short scar facelift.

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Why Choose Us?

If you are considering a facelift, you want to be confident that your surgery will be performed by a talented, highly experienced facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Shari Reitzen has dedicated years to achieving advanced surgical skills, holding certifications as an Otolaryngologist, and being fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She is both a talented facial plastic surgeon and an educator who teaches residents and fellows at NYU. You deserve a superior level of personalized care and a facial plastic surgeon who uses the most advanced techniques and results that appear exceptionally fresh and natural. Contact us today to find out more.

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