Is It Possible To Do A Facelift Without Having Scar in Front of the Hairline?

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!!

Doctor Answers 21

The "No Scar Facelift" is an excellent way to avoid noticeable facelift scars.

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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!

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Placement of face/neck lift scars require a doc with superior skills and an aesthetic eye.

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There are a lot of very meticulous sutures placed in a face/neck lift  to give the best incision lines and looking as natural as possible. This takes about 5 hrs to do superior quality work. That is why these assembly line like 1 hour facelifts you see advertised on tv all the time give such poor results. Cost is roughly $8800 on special and so worth it. Sincerely, David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Facelift without hairline scar

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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.

Edward O. Terino, MD - Account Suspended
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon

Hiding facelift scars

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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.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Scars with face lifts

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Hello Buge,


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

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

Don't have a mini facelift.

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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.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

The location of the incision near the hairline depends on your hair pattern.

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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.

Dr. Mayl

Nathan Mayl, MD (retired)
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon

Facelift without scar in front of the ear.

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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.

Brian J. Lee, MD
Fort Wayne Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Face Lift Scar Position. In Front of the Hairline, or Within the Hairline.

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The location of the scar for any facelift, "mini" or not, will be recommended after examination of the individual patient. Those with more than an inch of extra skin to discard in front of the ear might benefit from an incision that goes along the hairline to avoid shifting the sideburn and temporal hairline up and back. There would be the trade-off having more scar visibility. However, the incision can be made with beveling through the fine temporal hairline hairs, and allowing the hair to grow back through the scar, offering some camouflage. Olive toned skin does not necessarily mean more scar visibility.
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.

Robert M. Lowen, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Non surgical facelifts in Los Angeles

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I perform mini facelifts and have also incorporated one great non surgical option, which is the Ulthera treatment to tighten the muscle fascia. Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

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