is there anyway possible a person w olive toned skin can have a mini face lift with out having scars in front of the hairline? I don't want a dark scar from my temple down to my ear or in front of my ears.( U can see them!) I like to pull my hair back & up!!
Is It Possible To Do A Facelift Without Having Scar in Front of the Hairline?
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Scar in front of the hairline
The placement of the incision is very important on a mini-lift or a facelift. Placement of the incision at the hairline preserves the hair bearing skin. Placement of the incision behind the hairline will displace the hairline back as much as is tightened during the lift. Raising the hairline is unacceptable in today's world. You do not want to look pulled or wind-tunneled. Removal of the sutures early(day4-5) will prevent most cross-hatching and closure of the skin with no tension will usually create a fine line incision that is minimally detectable. Critically examine the side photos of our facelift patients on our facelift photo gallery
Facelift without hairline scar
In front of the hairline is not necessary most of the time. In front of the ear is always necessary but can be designed to always be nearly invisible.
Hiding facelift scars
There is no one answer to your question that applies to every situation. Facelifting is a 3-dimensional operation that involves both reshaping and some skin lifting, which means scars. Everything involves a trade-off, for example part of the scar can be placed within the hair but that can also displace the hairline upward which looks odd. In general, the scars are placed where they are very inconspicuous.
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Scars with face lifts
Than answer is, it depends. If the surgeon is not flexible about incision placement they may not be comfortable performed a customized face lift procedure. The portion of the incision around the ear is more constant or standard. The placement of the incision in front of or along the hairline may not be needed at all. Without photos is hard to say much more but I would get a few other consults.
Best of luck
Chase Lay MD
Don't have a mini facelift.
It is important to understand that many surgeons who only perform mini facelifts have only mini facelifting skills. They lack an in depth knowledge of facelifting required to tailor a facelift in a way that varies from what they do for every patient. One of the advantages of having a individualized facelift is custom tailoring including honoring your preferences for scar placement.
The "No Scar Facelift" is an excellent way to avoid noticeable facelift scars.
The "No Scar Facelift" is an excellent way to avoid noticeable facelift scars. We developed this and many surgeons now use this technique where the scar is made inside the ear so it does not show. Your hairdresser often does not even notice this!
The location of the incision near the hairline depends on your hair pattern.
There are many ways to manage the incision adjacent to the sideburn:
- Patients who have a low sideburn may have the inision entirely within the scalp
- Patients who do not need a lot of "vertical lift may have their incision entirely within the ear and fold next to the ear
- Patients who need only"neck lift" may not need an incision on their face at all
The quality of the lift and getting the right lift for you should be your first concern. Experienced plastic surgeons use a variety of techniques depending on the patients needs. The right style of lift results in good results and least visible incisions.
Facelift without scar in front of the ear.
It is possible to have a facelift without a scar in front of the ear, but it is somewhat limited. Using the absorbable Endotine Midface device an incision may be used in the hair-bearing tissue of the temple and the cheek tissue lifted. This does not correct any excess skin that may be in the preauricular (front of ear) location or on the jaw line.
Placement of face/neck lift scars require a doc with superior skills and an aesthetic eye.
Face Lift Scar Position. In Front of the Hairline, or Within the Hairline.
Having a facelift means accepting scars in front of the ear. A mini facelift only means that there is less laxity of facial skin and tissues, the scar is the same.
When the incision is designed to closely follow the curve of the ear cartilage, then goes inside the ear along the edge of the tragus (the flap of cartilage that covers the ear canal), and then exits below the tragus in a natural crease, going around the earlobe, leaving a few millimeters of facial skin attached, then back behind the ear, the scar should heal and be virtually undetectable at social distances. Avoiding tension on the skin, and replacing the earlobe at the correct, natural angle should result in an appearance that does not say "facelift", but looks natural.
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.