Short Scar Facelift

We offer short scar facelift treatments from our clinic in Glasgow, Scotland.

A mini facelift (or short scar facelift) is an operation designed to remove excess skin from the lower face and jawline. It is a less extensive variation of the traditional full face and neck lift procedure.

Of the various types of facelift procedures, the mini facelift is designed specifically for women between the ages of 40 and 60 who desire a more youthful appearance.

This facelift procedure addresses excess or loose skin in the lower face and jawline and, to a lesser extent, the neck. Patients with significant loose skin in the neck normally require a full face and neck lift procedure.

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Mini Facelift Surgery: What to Expect

What Happens During a Short Scar Facelift Procedure?

Short scar facelift surgery is a form of cosmetic surgery that can either be performed under local anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation.

At the start of the surgery, some fluid is injected into the face which makes the area go numb and reduces the amount of bleeding and bruising afterwards. The surgeon then makes small incisions just in front of the ears and begins separating the skin from the underlying structures.

When the skin has been separated the surgeon then works on the muscle layer under the skin: this is where the real lifting effect is achieved. The muscle layer is lifted, trimmed, and then sewn back in a more youthful position.

When this has been done, any excess skin is removed and the skin is gently stitched back together.

Through this technique, deeper soft tissues in the face can be elevated and repositioned with minimal scarring. It also allows the surgeon to tighten the skin in a way that accentuates the right facial features in a positive way.

Where Are The Scars?

The scars are hidden in the natural crease in front of the ear and within the ear itself. With a short scar facelift, an incision is also made in the crease behind the ear. If there is a lot of loose skin on the neck that needs to be removed, the incision may be extended into the hair behind the ears.

Over time the scars should be virtually undetectable.

The exact location of the scar in your individual case will always be discussed with your surgeon before you have your procedure.

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Short Scar Facelift FAQs

What is the recovery period like?

There will be some bruising and swelling, but recovery for this procedure is shorter than that of full facelift surgery. There are no stitches to lift or remove as we use dissolvable stitches.

Depending on the extent of the work carried out, most people will be able to go back to normal activities within 7 – 10 days. Incisions made during the surgery are small and placed inconspicuously.



How long do the results last?

There are many claims about how long a facelift result should last. The most recent research, however, has shown that a good facelift should last, on average, around 5 years.

However, this result varies from patient to patient.

Speak to our specialists about what you can expect from your short scar facelift surgery.

What other procedures can this surgery be combined with?

If you have some excess fatty tissue under your chin then chin liposuction can be performed to improve the appearance of the neck too. Although, depending on your focus and desired results, a neck lift alone could also work for you. It is also quite common to combine the procedure with upper eyelid surgery, to lift and open the eyes.

And while this mini facelift is ideal for fighting the effects of ageing to deliver a younger appearance, younger patients may prefer to start with a non-surgical facelift or a thread lift.



What are the potential risks and complications?

Like any surgery or operation, there is a risk of side effects and complications.

There is a possibility of a collection of blood-forming under the surface of the skin, which could necessitate further treatment to remove it. There is also a small risk of wounds becoming infected, especially in patients who smoke.

Occasionally there can be wound healing problems that mean the scars don’t heal as neatly as you would expect. This is also more common in patients who smoke. In rare situations, there can be damage to the facial nerve, which controls facial muscle movements.

The ideal candidate for short scar facelift surgery has healthy skin and natural elasticity.

Experienced, Highly Trained Cosmetic Specialists

Our experienced surgeons and aesthetics experts at Dr Darren McKeown’s cosmetic surgery clinic are passionate about delivering results that are in line with each patient’s individual needs and desires. Whether you want to surgically tighten skin, lift certain areas here or there, or even perform a non-surgical facelift treatment, look no further than our reputable cosmetic clinic in Glasgow, the Aesthetic Medicine Institute.
We are experts in reversing the signs of ageing through aesthetic rejuvenation. We offer a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatments at our cosmetic surgery clinic in Glasgow. Some of these include jowl lift treatments, neck lift surgery treatments, eye lift treatments, and much more.
If you have any further questions about how we can help lift your confidence, get in touch with our clinic or book a consultation for your facelift.
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