A short scar facelift is a surgical procedure that Dr. Jacono performs on patients who are looking to rejuvenate primarily the lower face, and jowls. This procedure can also be used to create smoothing of loose skin around the neck. It is also often referred to as an S-lift or ponytail facelift. Many women like to wear their hair back in a ponytail, and want the ability to put their hair back without anyone seeing scars during athletic activity like running or playing tennis.
Dr. Jacono performs the short-scar facelift procedure by repositioning all portions of the lower and central face that are showing signs of aging. The main difference between this type of facial rejuvenation and a full facelift surgery is the length of the incision. The Short Scar Facelift has half the incision normally seen in front of the ear, and does not distort the sideburns and hairline like more traditional facelifts. It also does not require most of the incisions behind the ears so those are eliminated. The short scar facelift before and after is natural, but is best suited for women in their forties and fifties. In the sixties and seventies there is greater amounts of skin that require removal, and the longer incision are required.
Since there are fewer and smaller incisions, recovery time from a short-scar facelift tends to be shorter as well.
How is a Short Scar Facelift Performed?
Dr. Jacono will begin the procedure by placing small incisions just above the ears located in the patient's hairline and extending down the natural crease directly in front of the ear. Dr. Jacono uses his expertise and years of experience to place the incisions in areas that allow for less visible scarring if any at all.
As he performs the procedure, Dr. Jacono will separate the skin from the underlying fat and muscles. The fat will be trimmed and suctioned from the chin and neck areas which will form a natural and wrinkle free jawline. Dr. Jacono will also tighten the underlying muscle tissues called the SMAS and remove the excess skin. This allows for the skin of the face to be smoother and patients will look 5 to 10 years younger.
What Should I Expect from a Short-Scar Facelift?
No Visible Scar after Facelift with
New York facial plastic surgeon Dr Andrew Jacono
The short-scar facelift is a great option for patients who are in their 40's and 50's and are beginning to show the signs of aging. The procedure addresses the lower portion of the face which include the nasolabial folds, the jowls, and the jawline.
- Nasolabial folds are those deep visible creases located between the upper lip and cheeks. These will be smoothed out and less visible post recovery.
- Jowls are formed by the loose skin that forms between the cheek and chin area.
- Jawline is restored by returning definition and contour.
Short scar facelifts are usually performed under local or twilight (sedative) anesthesia but without general anesthesia which can have more risk. It may be performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation processes such as eyelid lift, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and fat grafting. The surgery typically lasts between 1 to 3 hours and the recovery time will vary but most patients can return to work and normal daily activities within 2 weeks.
Some common side effects from a short scar facelift include swelling, redness, and bruising. Some patient may experience some numbness in their cheeks but this will naturally go away during the recovery period.
Benefits of a Short-Scar Facelift include:
- Fewer Scars
- No scars behind the ears
- Midface rejuvenation
- Less risk of injury to the nerves of the face.
- Less risk of pixie ears (earlobe distortion)
- Does not alter your hairline
Am I A Good Candidate for a Short Scar Facelift?
Good candidates for this procedure are men and women in their 40s and 50s and in good physical health. They are just starting to show the initial signs of aging and are looking to restore a more youthful appearance to their lower face. Patients should have realistic expectations for their results. During a consultation with Dr. Jacono, he will determine if this procedure is the right choice to address each patient's needs.
Short Scar Facelift Before and After Patient 1 This woman was unhappy with her hanging neck and jowls. She underwent a short scar face and neck lift with Dr. Jacono and her after photo shows a wrinkle free and more defined jawline.
Short Scar Facelift Before and After Patient 2: This female patient wanted to correct her sagging jowls, sagging neck, and nasolabial folds. Dr. Jacono performed a short scar facelift and her after photos show a more rejuvenated lower face with smoother wrinkle free face and neck.
Short Scar Facelift Before and After Patient 3: This 40 something year old woman wanted to remove the wrinkles from her face and her sagging neck and jawline. After Dr. Jacono performed a short scar facelift on this patient, you can see a smoother wrinkle free neck and lower face.
Short Scar Facelift Before and After Patient 4: This female patient was unhappy with her puffy jowls and wrinkled sagging neck. She had a short scar facelift procedure by Dr Jacono and her after photos show a rejuvenated jawline with a wrinkle free neck.
To learn more about the short scar facelift procedure or to book your consultation with Dr. Jacono, contact our office today by calling 212-570-2500 in NYC or 516-773-4646 on Long Island or complete an online consultation form.