Is It Possible to Have a Neck Lift/lower Facelift with Concealed Scars?

I would have this procedure in a heartbeat if I wasn't so concerned about people noticing the work done. This is probably why women like me continue to spend considerable $ on lasers and fillers. No one can tell and mistakes generally aren't permanent of disfiguring. Also, approximately how long would it be until I can go out and socialize? Thanks for your assistance.

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Is it possible to have a Neck lift/lower Facelift with Concealed Scars?

Thank you for your question.  When performed by a well trained plastic surgeon the scars should be almost invisible and placed meticulously in the hairline and inside the ear. There should be no hair loss and you should still be able to wear your hair short or tied back in a pony tail or bun.  

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Depending on the skills your surgeon has

A neck lift/lower facelift should not produce obvious scars. If incisions are made strategically, it should reduce the visibility of surgical scars. During a neck lift/lower facelift, the incisions are made beneath the chin and behind the ears. Depending on the individual and extent of the surgery, short incisions may be made, further minimizing the chance of scarring. With scar management during the healing process (protection from the sunlight and abrasion, for example), the incision lines generally fade to be barely perceptible. Less than 1% of the population can have issues with scars such as keloid scars, this is where in stead of the scars becoming finer, they thicken. Usually patients know if they are prone to keloid scars from other minor injuries, for these patients it is important to consider the use of anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce potential for scarring after surgery. In the majority of patients after facelift surgery, the scars heal well when necessary care and attention has been taken to make the scars discrete and difficult to see. Hiding the scars from facelift and neck lift surgery often takes additional time and may take over 45 minutest to hide the scars on each side. Although short cuts can reduce the length of surgery this is an area where meticulous care over detail is required to ensure the scars are discreet and concealed.

Julian De Silva, MD
London Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Will scars be visible after a facelift?

When a facelift is performed correctly, the scars should be imperceptible. This is because they are placed in certain areas that keep them out of sight and the tension is placed in the deeper layers, not on the skin surface.

Andres Bustillo, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Minimizing Scars after a Facelift

Facelift scars can be minimized by creating a slightly irregular contour and placing the incision behind the tragus (on the back of the cartilage of the ear).  Your eye is drawn to a straight line so a slightly irregular contour will make the incision less noticeable.  Also avoiding tension on the incision will help prevent the scar from widening.  In general it takes about 2 weeks to heal to a degree where one feels comfortable going out to social events.

Jill Hessler, MD
Palo Alto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Face and necklift concealment.

Face and necklift concealment can be done as we have for 35 years by placing the incision inside the ear and on the back of the ear so that no scars are seen even with the hair up.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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About Facial Rejuvenation with Lite-lift™

Patients who desire facial rejuvenation that is affordable, quick, and effective should consider the Lite-lift™. The LiteLift™ is an innovative facelift developed by board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Larry Nichter and myself which benefits many male patients. The goal of the #LiteLift is to provide a less invasive natural looking option for both men and women desiring to refresh their appearance with less downtime and risks. The LiteLift® is a “real” facelift, which does address the underlying muscle, tissue and overlying skin.
The technique requires limited incisions and takes a vertical lifting approach, in contrast to the traditional facelift, which requires extensive incisions and lifts or pulls the face towards the ears horizontally. The modern techniques used allow us to perform most LiteLift® procedures in the office under local anesthesia. Also, removing the risk of general anesthesia opens the door for more people to pursue facial surgery. All too often people do not move forward with undergoing the desires facelift surgery due to their overwhelming fear of the risks associated with general anesthesia.

This is a modified facelift that can be performed in the office with a local anesthetic and improve signs of aging around the neck, jawbone and lower face. These procedures are not "Thread-lifts" or "String-lifts". We do not use the "barbed" sutures employed in these other lifting operations. The Lite-lift™ uses longer lasting techniques that are discussed below. Because the incisions are limited, there is less bruising, swelling and healing time for most patients. Many patients can be back to work in one to two weeks looking rested and more youthful.
The best candidates for #LiteLift are non-smoking patients 35-60 years old with stable skin elasticity, well-defined bone structure but showing early changes of the lower face and the neck. Older patients who cannot or do not wish to have a longer operation or general anesthetic can be improved with a Lite Lift™. All in all, Lite Lift™ surgery is individualized for each patient.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Yes it is!

The Concept™ Facelift cosmetic surgery procedure looks to address each of these 3 changes to revitalise and freshen the facial appearance. A good face lift aims at achieving a natural, youthful and fresh look without giving away any signs that the patient has had cosmetic surgery. There are many different types of face lift surgery which tends to confuse patients as to which is the best for them. Every individual is different, which is why our cosmetic surgeons look to discuss the best procedure that will suit your facial structure and assist you in achieving the look that you want.

What makes the Concept™ Facelift so revolutionary is that you can have the same results as a traditional face life but can have you back to work within days rather than months. If you are looking for a procedure that will flatter and rejuvenate you, without too stark a difference post operatively, then a Concept™ Facelift is for you

We have had clients that have gone shopping a day or two after, with no one the wiser.

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Concealing Scars in Necklift/Lower Facelift

Yes, it is possible to conceal scars with neck lift/lower facelift procedures by utilizing the laser. The Laser-Assisted Weekend Necklift is becoming known as a safe and fast alternative to the traditional facelift while providing a natural, non-surgical appearance.

I create a small, hidden incision is created in the natural fold under the chin. Then, instead of using a scalpel, I use a laser, liposuction, and sometimes a chin implant to improve the appearance of a sagging face, jowls, and neck.

I suggest you consult a board certified facial plastic surgeon to receive the highest quality knowledge, treatment, care and skill available.A consultation provides you the opportunity to relay your concerns and desired outcome to the surgeon while the surgeon can assess your health profile and discuss his/her pertinent advice.

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Neck and Lower Face Lift With Hidden Scars Possible

Thank you for your question.  The typical lower facelift and neck lift is done with very well hidden scars.  Typically a small incision is placed beneath the chin where it will not be seen and the lower facelift scars can be placed behind the ear and should be well hidden.

Occasionally it is necessary to bring the incision around into the crease beneath your ear lobule.  This scar after healing is typically not noticeable.

Although recovery time varies with the individual typically 2 weeks is required for the bruising and swelling to resolve and for you to feel comfortable in public.  You will however be able to be up and around go out for walks the first 2 or 3 days after surgery and makeup can cover most of the bruising.  However I always advise not to plan an important social function like a wedding or a photography session for 6 weeks after  facelift or neck lift surgery.


When performing lower facelift surgery, pencil-thin incisions are created in the hair (without altering the hairline or losing hair!) and inside the ear for imperceptible incision lines.  By 10-14 days, going out or seeing friends, family, or colleagues is possible with a little makeup. 

Jeffrey B. Wise, MD, FACS
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

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