What is a short scar facelift?
A short scar facelift, also called a minimal access cranial suspension (MACS) lift, repositions the skin, soft tissues, and underlying muscle in the mid-facial region in order to give you a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. There are two main differences between a short scar facelift and a traditional facelift:
- The incisions are much smaller and do not go behind the ear, resulting in a much smaller, less noticeable scar
- Your skin is not separated from the underlying muscle and tissue, resulting in a much shorter, less invasive procedure
What are the benefits of reducing scarring behind the ear?
Most patients find the scarring behind the ear to be the least desirable scars associated with a traditional facelift. This is largely due to the fact that scars behind the ear are more likely to widen and thicken than scars in other regions of the face. Furthermore, scars behind the ear generally result in a permanent alteration of the hairline, requiring your hair to be styled in a manner that will cover up this scar. Also, when you wear your hair in a pony tail, scars behind the ear are very visible to others. By opting for a short scar facelift, the highly undesirable scars behind the ears are severely reduced, and sometimes eliminated altogether.
Where are the incisions placed during a short scar facelift?
Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik will place the incisions along the hair line, extending downward in front of the ear. This reduces the visibility of scars associated with traditional facelifts, enabling you to wear your hair up or in a pony tail without revealing a noticeable scar.
What are the risks associated with short scar facelifts?
Dr. Angelchik takes every precaution to minimize all risks associated with the procedure, and complications associated with short scar facelifts are generally rare and very minor. However, as with all surgical procedures, there are certain risks associated with the short scar facelift which you must be aware of before deciding whether to undergo the procedure. These include:
- Injury to facial nerves
- Anesthesia complications
At your initial consultation, Dr. Angelchik will discuss these risks with you in greater detail.