West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University
A facelift is a procedure designed to rejuvenate the face. A facelift can smoothen the nasolabial folds (the deep creases between the cheeks and the upper lip), reduce the jowls (the loose skin that develops between the cheek and the chin along the jawline), and define the lower jawline.
A short-scar facelift has a shorter scar tha na traditional facelift. In a short-scar facelift, the scar usually starts in the hair just above the ear and is then extended in the natural crease immediately in front of the ear, but then stops at the base of the ear rather than extending behind the ear. The skin and connective tissue layer of the face – or superficial myoaponeurotic system (SMAS) – are elevated and manipulated. To address fat pads underneath the jaw, neck liposuction frequently accompanies a short-scar facelift. A short-scar facelift is best for people primarily looking to refine features of the central and lower thirds of the face around the cheeks and jawline but who do not have large amounts of loose neck skin.
A mini-faceliftis performed through a short scar immediately in front of the ear with the patient under local anesthesia in the office. The skin is elevated and redraped to a more youthful position. The SMAS layer is also repositioned to provide a more long-lasting result. A mini-facelift is best for people who seek an office-based facial rejuvenation that will provide moderate improvements to the central and lower thirds of the face. Combined with fractionated laser resurfacing and other office-based procedures like upper-lid blepharoplasty and neck liposuction, a comprehensive facial rejuvenation can be performed in a comfortable office setting.