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Facelift for a Bald Person

Can a bald person have a facelift? Where will the scarring be?

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Facelift in bald people

There will at least be scars in fron of and behind your ears, but they do heal very well.  I have performed many facelifts in men with standard make pattern baldness with excellent results.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Incisions in bald men, for face lifts

Facelift scars are easily hidden on the anterior and posterior aspect of the ear.  This may be all that is necessary in the most limited lifts with minimal skin excision.  However in facelifts with significant amount of skin excision, extensions both anteriorly and posteriorly may be ncessary.  There are many ways to work around hairlines and sideburns and a consultation with a plastic surgeon should be able to delineate your best options.

​Male Facelift in a Bald Patient

There are special considerations when performing a facelift on a bald patient. Since there is no hair to hide some incisions, the placement of incisions is even more important. The incisions need to be kept around the ear only, with possible additional incision under the chin. In some patients ancillary procedures, such as mid-facelift through lower eyelid and/or fat grafting is combined for optimum result. Seek out an experienced and skilled surgeon to achieve significant and yet natural results.

Boris M. Ackerman, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Facelifts in bald patients

Th incision length after a Facelift depends entirely on how much is removed. In cases of people with a bald pate, the scars behind the ears can be made shorter to be kept off of the visualized scalp on the head, but then one needs to accept a lesser degree of skin excision. Sometimes, what is called a short incision Facelift can be done, and is appropriate on people that have issues more with the cheek pad falling rather than lots of loose skin, and in those cases, a short scar is fine. The scars in front of the ear and further up are the same and those scars tend to heal with a better quality appearance then the scars behind the ear.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Faclift and Baldness, How Does it Work?

Dear Facelift patient,
A bald person can have a facelift and I have done many of them in my practice. You must be sure that your surgeon is an experienced facelift surgeon. To keep the chances of scaring to minimal, incisions must be placed precisely and there should be minimal tension on the flap. Three months after the procedure, some individuals may require slight laser resurfacing on the incision lines to make them less obvious. Good Luck

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift and Hair Loss

Hairloss can occur in a variety of degrees.  In patients with early to moderate hair loss, the facelift can be performed with the same incisions.  However, in patients with no hair (completely bald) special consideration has to be made for placement of the incisions.  A limited incision lift can be an option for patients without hair.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, a facelift can be performed on a bald person

Yes, a facelift can be performed on a bald person, which we have done in our practice several times. The scarring has to be kept to an absolute minimum. Incisions are placed in such a fashion that they are covered by the patient’s glasses. There can be no tension whatsoever placed on the incisions so all the incisions heal beautifully and are nearly inconspicuous.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift can be performed in a bald person

The facelift procedure has gone through many advances in the past 10 years, especially for smaller scar incisions around the ear. When done well, the scars around this area heal well with very fine scars that may be difficult to see after six months or so. Oftentimes, these smaller scar facelifts can have excellent results depending upon your specific anatomy and needs. Examining your hair line and the other wrinkle lines can also allow for creative ways to lift and pull tissues around the brows and neck. Good luck!

Charles K. Lee, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Balance results with Aesthetics

Hello Knickerbocker,

Meet with an experienced Surgeon who can explain to you what options are available to you.

The technique you go with should ultimately be a balance between getting the results you want and having nice aesthetics afterwards as well.

Being bald and male does present a challenge to the Surgeon -- the fact is a female patient with long hair allows for a more standard and "easier" approach, but that being said if your anatomy is appropriate for a facelift and your expectations are reasonable then you can certainly enjoy the benefits of a rejuvenation procedure!

Take Care!

Kamran Jafri, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift for a bald person is possible


A bald person may have a facelift. The scarring will be behind the ear. If done by a highly skilled surgeon, the scarring will not be visible. Please let me me know if you have any other questions regarding the procedure. Thank you and best of luck.

Dr. Nassif

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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