Short Scar Face Lifts Technique
When you are undergoing cosmetic surgery to Face Lifts or change your breasts, hips, thighs or other similar organs scarring is never the most significant concern you have. In such areas, you can always rely on your bras and other clothing garments to cover scars. Moreover, with such surgeries, unless you are on the beach the only people that can see these scars are people who are seeing you naked and you are probably comfortable around them. This is, however, not the case when it comes to facelifts. There is no clothing that you can rely on to cover your face as you resume your daily activities. This is why for a long time scaring had been the biggest concern among people undergoing facelifts. Honestly, it becomes somewhat pointless to have better eyelids, a more defined jawline, and fewer wrinkles when your face is displaying scars.
Traditional facelift techniques had a tough time avoiding this problem but in the last few decades advancement in technology has made it possible to prevent the formation of visible scars on the face. The innovation of new equipment has made it possible for surgeons to come up with a new and less invasive technique known as the Short-scar facelift. This new method has not only reduced the scarring that patients have to deal with, but it has also significantly increased the success rate of cosmetic surgeries outcomes.
Differences between short scar and traditional facelift techniques
The first and most obvious difference is the size of incisions made. Classic facelift techniques had surgeons making massive cuts to enable the penetration of equipment and the extraction of excess fat and other tissues. With this short-scar method, a surgeon can utilize millimeters of an incision to do all the tightening, removal and reshaping needed to give you the results you are looking for.
These two techniques also differ on the extent covered by the incision. With the short-scar facelift technique, the incision is only made at the preauricular region, i.e., at the front of the ears ending just behind your earlobes. This gives the surgeon all the access they need to carry out the surgery successfully. In the traditional facelift surgeries, the incisions had to run from the front of the ears all the way to the back area and into your posterior hairline. This raises two concerns; one, the scar of the incisions is bigger meaning the chances of it becoming visible to other people is high. Two, the technique can potentially interfere with your hairline, and that’s something most people especially women can’t withstand.
Another difference is that short scar facelift surgery patients will require less time to recover compared to their counterparts. The less the size of the incision the less the time it will take for your skin to heal. The reduced size of the incisions also means that chances of complications or infections taking place are low.
Short-scar facelift technique together with some of the latest technological gadgets has, therefore, made it possible for people with the fear of the knife to undergo surgical procedures.
Short-scar facelift operation options
As you probably know, a facelift can be performed from various approaches. Each of such methods is aimed at addressing specific needs as demanded by the patient. Some of the strategies of facelift surgery where short-scar technique can be utilized include:
Necklift is a surgical procedure carried out on patients with the double chin condition that’s caused by excessive fat or skin tissues. For a patient to qualify as a candidate for short-scar neck lift surgery, they must not be looking to remove too much skin tissue. The small incisions are conservative and meant to only finesse the more delicate details on the neck and chin area. If your sagging skin needs removal of too much loose skin and adipose, then most surgeons will recommend that you use another technique.
When a short-scar technique is used in this surgery, the surgeon makes tiny horizontal incisions either behind or beneath the chin. The skin is then separated from the platysma muscles, and excess fat deposits are sculpted out of the chin. In some cases, the platysma muscles will also be trimmed horizontally to achieve a sleeker contour. These platysma muscles will then be sutured back together in the middle, and the incision is closed up. This operation takes not more than 3 hours and is done under local anesthesia or IV sedation.
After a short-scar neck lift, you should have your neck extended whenever sleeping during the first few days. This means that the use of pillows in the first two weeks after the surgery is not allowed. You can fold and place a small towel on your neck and not below the head. You can also resume full showering after the go-ahead by your doctor which usually happens after 1-2 days. Most patients return to lightweight routines after two weeks, but complete recovery doesn’t occur until after six weeks.
The forehead lift is done to remove excess skin that causes wrinkles and sagging skin on the forehead. This surgery also assists in tightening muscles that may have grown weaker with age. A correctly done forehead lift will get rid of all wrinkles, furrows that are found between the eyes and sagging brows. Short-scar forehead lift procedure can be done using two approaches:
Coronal Forehead lift – Short-scar coronal or classic forehead lift is done on patients that have excess skin around the forehead and low front hairline. In this technique, the surgeon will make a short incision across the scalp in the hairline. The surgeon will then proceed to lift the skin in this region and remove the underlying fat deposits and trim any unwanted skin. Sometime the doctor will also realign and tighten the muscles which will now be stronger and more capable of supporting the skin. All these changes are most likely to alter the position of the eyebrows, and hence a repositioning may be considered. Short-scar coronal forehead lift usually raises the edge of your hairline, and that’s why patients with high forehead line are discouraged from using this technique.
Endoscopic forehead Lift – Unlike the classic forehead lift surgery, this particular technique requires 3-5 short incisions. An endoscopic device is inserted through one of these incisions. This gives the doctor sight of what is lying beneath the skin through the attached camera. He/she will see how much of excess fat and weak muscles need to be worked on and will also be vital in ensuring that the doctor can carefully see and extract all excess tissues. A tool for lifting the forehead skin is inserted through another incision. With the skin raised and the camera in place, the surgeon will now be in a position to extract adipose and tighten up the loose muscles. In some cases, the tissue may have to be realigned to achieve the intended goal. Just like the coronal forehead lift this one could also change the position of the eyebrows. This would be a good thing if your eyebrows were too low because it will bring them in a more proportional position to other facial features. If the eyebrows were already in a perfect location, then a repositioning will be needed.
Both of this procedure is done on an outpatient basis with the patient placed under local anesthesia added with IV sedation or general sedation. The patient is hence well-rested throughout the entire surgery.
The recovery period of the short-scar forehead lift is 2-3 weeks. People whose daily job involve strenuous activities may have to wait a little longer before resuming work. You will experience swelling and tightness in the first three days before it starts to disappear gradually.
Potential Short-scar Facelift Complications
Every surgery comes with its possible complications, and facelift operations are no different. It’s always advisable that you go through all the possible complications with your surgeon and how they can be treated before making the final decision to undergo surgery. Some of the complications associated with short-scar facelift surgery for instance include:
- Loss of sensation. This operation has been linked with temporary and sometimes permanent loss of sensation around the incisions. It is especially prevalent in the coronal forehead lift. Patients should see their surgeon whenever they start noticing a loss in feeling around the incisions.
- Hematoma or the swelling of blood just beneath the incisions and can sometimes spread to other areas. It is another possibly severe complication that should be reported to the physician as soon as possible.
- Difficulty moving the eyebrows. This is a rare complication that takes place when the nerves responsible for the movement of eyebrows are damaged. When this happens, the patient will require a secondary or revision procedure to correct the problem.
- A poorly done short-scar facelift can also result in conspicuous scars.
- Hair loss can happen either above the scar or in the area surrounding it.
Short-scar Facelift Insurance Details
Facelift surgeries costs are never reimbursed by insurance carriers unless they have been recommended for medical purposes by a physician. Patients will otherwise have to cover the costs of this operation personally.