Will Behind the Ear Hearing Aids Make a Difference for Mini Face Lift?

I am considering a mini face lift. I am a 70 year old female with very Little sagging for my age but I would like to keep up my appearance. I wear behind the ear hearing aids. Will the incisions interfere with the comfort and/or fit of my hearing aids?

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Hearing aids and incisions

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I have a little bit different view than my previous colleagues. I feel that the in ear component may have relevance for a Mini lift. Typically, I place my incision behind that little bump in front of the ear canal called the tragus. If your surgeon placed the incision in this locaqtion it will slightly change the shape of the location where you hearing assist device resides.   Even small variations of you ear canal can cause an improper fit or pain. Neither of those options are good. In your case, placing the incision in front of the ear would be preferential. Good luck

Reno Plastic Surgeon
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Will Behind the Ear Hearing Aids Make a Difference for Mini Face Lift?

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  Typically not.  The hearing aids may place a bit of pressure on the fresh Face Lift Incisions but these have been well tolerated in our patients getting the Celebrity Lift, which our version of a minimal incision Face Lift.  Be sure that the surgeon, you select, understands and follows the proper aesthetics of facial beauty for the creation of a naturally, more attractive face.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Mini Lift Scars and Hearing Aids

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Wear your hearing aids to your consultation and tell the facial plastic surgeon of your concerns. By examining you with the hearing aids in place, it will be apparent whether the location of the incisions has to be modified. This should not create a problem nor interfere with the effectiveness of your mini lift. I hope this helps.

Mini face lift incisions and hearing aids

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The incisions depend upon the type of facelift.  The litelift usually limits the incision to the back of the earlobe.

Mini Facelift” is a generalized “catch all” term that can mean different things depending on the doctor you ask. This often makes the real definition difficult for a patient to pin down. It typically only addresses the skin. The, LiteLift™, however, addresses the deeper muscle layer providing the patient with a thorough, natural, long lasting result.
Who are the best candidates?Any healthy individual wishing to address the signs of laxity oraging in the lower face and neck. Anyone interested in a refreshed look. This can be from weight loss, genetics and family traits, or aging.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Hearing Aids and Facelift Scars

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Hearing aids are common and should not be problematic with a Mini-Face Lift. What is important that your surgeon examine you with the hearing aids in place to determine if the incisions should be modified or not. For example an incision can be made at the edge of the tragus (the "bump of cartilage in front of your ear) or in front of it  instead of behind it. 


Hearing aids and mini facelift

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  Typically, the mini facelift should not affect the fit and comfort of your hearing aids.  That said, Dr. Virden makes a good point about one specific type of hearing aid.  If you specifically wear that type of aid, your incision could be modified, with still an excellent result, so as to not interfere with the aid.  Given the excellent advice you received on this forum, I recommend you ask your surgeon about this.

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

Mini lift and hearing aid

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Typically the mini lift incision does not extend behind the ears, so I think this will work well for you.  You should have a detailed discussion with your plastic surgeon about this.  Before surgery he or she can mark you with the hearing aids in place to be sure that no interference will be created by the scars.

Bruce E. Genter, MD, FACS
Abington Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Mini Facelift and Hearing Aids

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There are enough variations in the placement of the incisions around the ears when doing a mini facelift that your surgeon can avoid irritation secondary to you hearing aids. Make sure he examines you with the aids in place before the surgery. 

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Hearing aids and a facelift

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I think the hearing aids present no problem with the surgery and I routinely have my patients place their hearing aids back on in the recovery room.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Will mini lift affect my haring aid?

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Most mini lift procedures are designed to not have an incision behind the ear so most likely this will not be an issue for you. Your surgeon should explain where and why incisions will be placed. Good luck!

Michael L. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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