I offer my Tucson facelift patients an option that is less invasive than the traditional technique and that has proved very popular. Although the procedure, called a short scar facelift, is not generally appropriate for patients with advanced signs of aging, it does have a number of important benefits, including:
- Smaller scars: Just as its name implies, the short scar facelift uses smaller incisions, leaving behind more discreet scars. Short scar incisions are made near the crease in front of the ear, but do not extend behind the ear or to the neck, as with traditional facelifts.
- Less operative time: Because incisions are smaller, time spent in surgery is smaller, too — sometimes only half as long as a traditional facelift. A 2-hour facelift carries less risk and potential for complications than a 4-hour facelift.
- Less recovery time: The short scar facelift also carries a shorter recovery time, often only between 1 and 2 weeks. Many patients feel ready to return to work by the 2-week mark. However, like any surgical procedure, you’ll still need a friend or family member to drive you home from surgery and to provide extra help around the house for several days.
- Effective at addressing several signs of aging: Though short scar facelifts are not substitutes for regular facelifts, they can combat many major signs of aging, especially in the lower face. Most patients see the biggest improvement around their necks, cheeks, and chins.