By Casey Surgical Arts –
Whether you blame it on bad genes, the natural aging process, stress, or too much sun, loose sagging facial skin is inevitable. But fortunately, numerous improved techniques available today can take years off your face. While most people who consider getting a facelift are in their 40’s or 50’s, older people can also have facelifts with considerable success.
It is not uncommon to see attractive men and women become frustrated, spending considerable amounts of money on anti-aging creams and lotions that fail to prevent aging lines and wrinkles from forming. There are many alternative techniques to reposition and tighten the skin and soft tissue structures of the face. One of the most significant recent developments in facial aesthetic surgery is the ability to limit the scarring that accompanies rejuvenation. These procedures are often referred to as short scar facelifts. While facelift surgery cannot reverse change in skin pigmentation and resulting dark spots, it can effectively deal with loose skin creases and folds. A short scar facelift performed correctly can result in a younger, well defined and healthy looking face.
No aesthetic procedure can stop the aging process. What facelifts can do is to “turn back the clock” by improving the facial descent and deflation that inevitably occurs over time. Short scar facelifts can be performed alone or, more commonly, in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures.
In recent years, short scar facelift has become an increasingly popular facelift alternative. Traditionally, facelift incisions extend from the temple to the area in front of the ear, then continue behind the ear and into the scalp, often producing an easily visible scar when your hair is worn up. With the development of the short scar facelift, the incision is, as the name implies, shorter. It begins at the top of the ear and is then disguised inside the ear, with the remaining excess concealed in the crease behind the ear. No unsightly scars show when the hair is worn up. Through the short opening there is enough room to raise up the deeper tissues and rejuvenate the face, neck and jaw line. The short scar facelift, or mini lift, can produce substantial and lasting improvement for appropriate candidates, and has the advantage of a short recovery time as well. The short scar facelift works well for individuals with moderate laxity in the neck and jaw. Because the incision and operation is shortened there is less swelling and bruising and recovery can be shortened to days rather than a week or longer.
Compared to traditional facelifts, the procedure itself as well as the recovery period take less time with the short scar facelift. Dr. Casey has perfected the short scar facelift technique, precisely camouflaging any physical signs of surgery.
Is a Short Scar Facelift the right procedure for you?
There is no specific age that determines when a person is a prime candidate for any facial rejuvenation procedure; the best way to know when it’s time to call for a consultation is when you look in the mirror and see something that truly bothers you. Likewise, there is only one person to have plastic surgery for: you and you alone. You should not let others pressure you into any plastic surgery.
Early indications of the normally aging face can be characterized by excess skin of the upper and lower eyelids, puffy bags under the eyes, deepening nasolabial folds (folds thatextend from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth), marionette lines (the folds that extend from the corners of the mouth to the jaw), neck laxity and a saggy jaw line.
Short Scar Facelift Results
The result of a short scar facelift should not show any signs of awkward tugging or tightness, and no distortion of the corners of the mouth should be present. Instead, the skin should be gently and naturally resuspended, with no artificial traction. The cheekbones will be highlighted and the nasolabial folds and marionette lines will fade.
In addition, the normal aging process can produce unwanted excess skin and fat of the neck, especially under the chin, creating the dreaded double chin. Dr. Casey can streamline the neck and jaw line in conjunction with a short scar facelift, resulting in an overall look that is harmonious and cohesive. When finished, your face should look pretty from every angle, and the skin not too tight or saggy, but beautiful and refreshed.
The key to facial rejuvenation is safety, substantial improvement, with a manageable recovery, and in this day and age a short recovery is a must.
Dr. Gregory M. Casey
Dr. Casey is board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is fellowship trained in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He received his DDS from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, and his MD from the University of Health Sciences School of Medicine. Dr. Casey has privileges in Facial Plastic Surgery at Physician’s Regional Medical Center in Naples, FL.