What Kind of Facelift Leaves the Smallest Scar with the Best Possible Results?
- Asked by C4ever in Japan
- 3 years ago
I want to have a facelift to address slight jowls and perhaps double chin but I hate scars. It seems that most facelifts will leave obvious scary scars around the ears. Is there a way to solve my problems with very small scars?
Facelift with the smallest scars
Scarring from a facelift is the result of many different factors, such as placement of the incision, skill of the surgeon, healing properties of each individual, and tension placed on the skin. A lot of tension on the incision site will give wide scars. If the sutures are left in too long, railroad tracking will result. While a mini lift has shorter incisions, it gives less of a result than a full face/neck lift. If there is a lot of excess skin, a longer incision will be needed to adequately address the excess skin that needs to be trimmed back. A mini lift will be a shorter incision. Part of the incision in front of the ears can be hidden behind the tragus and the one behind the ear is usually located in the postauricular sulcus.
Web reference: http://www.seattlefacial.com
Smallest scar facelift
The smallest scars are attained by the best surgeons. They are not attained by a specific technique..
The very next day after surgery with a top surgeon, patients look into the mirror and barely see their incisions.
Years after a mini lift performed by a journeyman surgeon or a non specialist, patients may see highly visible, stretched scars.
This is especially true of short scar facelifts, not because these techniques are inherently bad, but because of the doctors who are attracted to the marketing of the technique.
On RealSelf, the reviews of branded mini lifts are quite bad. Theoretically these have small incisions; why are patients so unsatisfied?
The answer is often that short scar facelifts are performed as a marketing tool to attract prospective patients. Glitzy ads, infomercials, big promises, but terrible reviews. However, one vital component is missing: operator experience and skill level.
There is simply no substitute for a top plastic surgeon performing a facelift.
Web reference: http://www.drbrent.com/360facelift-procedure.php
On the contrary, most good facelifts should not leave obvious scars. A skilled cosmetic surgeon can rejuvenate your neck in jowls via well hidden incisions, when closed with good surgical technique, heal well enough that they should not be obvious. I suggest you seek out a skilled surgeon who performs many facelifts a year, and ask to see before and after pictures to see if results of postoperative healing are acceptable to you. Good Luck...Dr. Corrado
Facelift: Small Scars
I certainly understand your concern about minimizing scars. After all cosmetic surgery should be just that: a procedure that enhances appearance. An obvious scar would detract from one's appearance.
Yet, disproportionately prioritizing the smallest possible scar may leave you with unsatisfactory or inadequate results.
Many patients have made the error of choosing a technique, rather than choosing the right surgeon, who has years of training and experience to guide the choice of the optimal technique for that particular patient. Each individual has unique desires and requirements for a successful outcome.
In your consultations with plastic surgeons, ask the surgeon what incisions and technique each would recommend for you and why. There are always trade-offs in cosmetic surgery. Choosing the right surgeon to guide your decision is the key to your successful outcome.
Web reference: http://www.drzwiebel.com
Facelifts are customized to minimize scars and maximize results
Every face is different and every person ages differently, so there is no single answer to the question of what facelift is best with the least scar. That is why it is important not to decide about the type of facelift you want without seeing an experienced plastic surgeon. There are newer techniques that are designed to accomplish more with shorter scars so you should have some good options. In any case, facelift scars should not be obvious. For younger patients (40's-early 50's) nonsurgical treatments such as Ulthera might be enough. I was just in Kyoto a few weeks ago giving a talk on the subject and there are some very accomplished doctors doing Ulthera.
Depends on the person
Its dificult to awnser a question like this because the awnser is subjective and depends on a number of factors, it would be helpful if we had some pictures that we can say wish one would work best for you in specific. But not all facelifst are made equally and they were not made for the same kind of person.
Web reference: http://vanitymiami.com/facelift/
Face lift results and incision length
Thank you for the question. The best way to consider this is to choose the result that you want and then accept the incision length that gives you that result. If an incision is closed under little tension and its placed correctly the final incision appearance will be great.
All the best,
Dr. Remus Repta
Web reference: http://drrepta.com
Face lift scars
Face lift scars depend on what needs to be done.
They may be in front of the ear. Or they may extend to behind the ear.
If the surgeon understands wound healing and there is not a complication, face lift scars are rarely noticeable within a few months. Poor technique and removing too much skin are the common causes of poor scars. All scars soon after surgery are 'scary' but quickly improve.
If you have a little loose skin, jowls and some fat in your neck, a short scar face lift with neck liposuction and muscle tightening may be a good combination for you.
See a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for an face-to-face opinion. Best wishes.
Best results for the scars
A well performed face and neck lift should give you a great result without any visible scarring. The incisions heal into a thin lines along natural creases
Web reference: http://www.seattleface.com/html/face_lift.php
Minimizing Incisions in Facelift Surgery
If done properly in most patients, a facelift incision around the ears is almost imperceptible in a couple of months. One should not make the facelift scars make a patient refrain from doing a facelift. Today, the optimal way to remove skin and deep layer fixation is done by a facelift incision which is well designed and with curved incisions within natural skin crease lines.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.