The Many Innovations of the Short-Scar Facelift

Published on August 15, 2019

In the last decade, the medical industry has witnessed a rise in the demand for plastic surgery while keeping the quality of the work at the center. As a result of a deeper understanding of the facial anatomy and aging process, new facelift treatments strategies have been developed. This progressive evolution has led to the development of what is known as the short-scar facelift.

The Short-Scar Facelift

The short-scar facelift is a way to rejuvenate the lower face, including the neck and jawline. Unlike a full facelift, the short-scar facelift is a minimally invasive procedure. This allows it to offer a number of benefits:

• Less invasive
• Minimal post-surgical marks
• Faster healing
• Reduced blood loss
• Less post-surgical discomfort

During the procedure, Dr. Lowen first makes incisions in places where they will be naturally camouflaged by the folds and shadows of the skin. The incision sites are decided based on the exact regions targeted for correction. Excess tissue is trimmed and the underlying tissues are lifted to create a younger look. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures.

Innovative Short-Scar Facelift Techniques

Two state-of-the-art techniques are typically included with the short-scar facelift. These allow for more natural-looking results than are often achieved with a traditional facelift.

Facial Fat Grafting: The face’s relationship with fat is complex – too much can make it look unappealing, too little can make it look hollow, and the overall appearance of the face depends in large part on where fat accumulates or deteriorates.

Fat grafting is a technique that is used to correct facial wrinkles, hollow regions, and acne scars. During this procedure, fat from regions where there is excess volume is harvested and reinjected into regions where it is lacking. When fat is transferred to the face, it restores volume and offers a more youthful appearance.

Vertical Anterior Subcutaneous Lifting: The SMAS lift is a newer approach to facelift techniques. During this, the SMAS layer (a deep layer of tissue in the facial structure) is lifted to tighten the region. This provides more natural-looking change than skin-only lifting would.

A SMAS lift is the most effective technique for the correction of nasolabial folds marking the aging face. The nasolabial folds are the harsh wrinkles extending from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth.

The anterior vertical SMAS lift reduces the risk of hematoma while providing optimal improvements in the targeted region. Hematoma is the accumulation of blood outside the blood vessels caused due to damage.

Contact Us for Your Facelift

A short-scar facelift with facial fat grafting and vertical anterior subcutaneous lifting is able to enact lasting and effective facial rejuvenation. As with any plastic-surgery procedure, it is critical to ensure that you choose the right medical professional for the job.

Dr. Lowen is an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon with the skill required to give you a customized short-scar facelift. Dr. Lowen will walk you through the details of the procedure, including preparation and the healing process, and will help you decide whether a short-scar facelift is the right option for you. Set up your consultation – contact our office today.

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