A Traditional Facelift Completely Removes the Skin off a Person's Face?

The skin is lifted off the face and repositioned, etc., and in the end is sutured together. So, there would be a scar completely around the face. Is this right?

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Facelift scars around ear

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Although the scars may vary, typically the scar would be in front of your ear extending below your earlobe and around to the crease behind your ear.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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A Traditional Facelift Completely Removes the Skin off a Person's Face?

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Dear zcv,

Thank you for your question.  The incisions are typically in fron of the ear, hiding along the crease and some surgeons go behind the tragus (the cartilage bump infront of the ear canal) and some surgeons go behind it.  The incicion then curves around the back of the ear and then along the side hairline.  Commonly, a small incision under the chin is used.  In a mini facelift, the incisions are shorter.  They do not, however, go all around the face, and are generally well hidden and unnoticeable.

Best Wishes,

Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Facelifts and scars

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The incisions for a facelift are around the ear and behind the ear and into the hairline.  These incisions hide well.  There is no scar visible.  There is no scar around the whole face. These procedures  are customized for each person and must look very very good consistently and forever.   Plastic Surgeons do these procedures to make a person look better and to improve the quality of life.  Great attention to perfection rules the day and any obvious  scars are not acceptable.   Talk to 2 or 3 ABPS surgeons and  get ideas for yourself.  Ask to see photos of where scars are etc.  Do not imagine or form ideas that are not true and may scare you.  Get real facts from real American Board of Plastic Surgery surgeon.  ABPS!    My Best Dr C

Facelift Incisions

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Generally speaking, facelift incisions are hidden at the creases around the ears and in the hair line. Though some differences exist between surgeons, it would be unusual to have an incision all the way around the face.

Scars After a Traditional Facelift

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The lacation and appearance of scars after a facelift procedure is a major consideration when thinking about facial rejuvenation. In general, they are camouflaged in the hair, the hailine, and/or the creases in front and behind the ear depending on the type of procedure.

Gustavo E. Galante, MD
Schererville Plastic Surgeon
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There are many different types of facelifts.

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There really is no such thing is a traditional facelift. The more thorough facelifts involve longer incision. You can find out about the specifics of that type of operation if you click on the link below.

Scars after facelift

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The scars are not as dramatic as you describe.  Frequently they are just in front of the ear near natural creases and under the sideburn region.  Sometimes the extend behind the ear.  This results in scars that once healed are not highly visible. 

A Traditional Facelift Completely Removes the Skin off a Person's Face?

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         This would create a skin graft that would result in complete devascularization.  The scars are typically around the ears and possibly under the chin.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of necklifts, facelifts and facial procedures each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Traditional face lift scars

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Thank you for asking about the surgical technique for a traditional face lift.

  • Traditional and mini-face lifts use an incision in front of the ear to lift the skin of the face off the supporting layer beneath. 
  • In the traditional face lift, the ear incision goes behind the ear to trim excess skin.
  • Usually there is an incision under the chin as well.
  • Hope this helps. Best wishes.

Facelift scar

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This is basically true but it also depends on how much laxity there is and how much undermining or separation you need.there are minilifts which are not as invasive.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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