Achieve a More Youthful Appearance with the Short Scar Facelift Technique
Facelifts, like all medical treatment, are constantly evolving and improving. At our Sydney practice, we are proud to offer the short scar or limited incision facelift, an innovative technique that can give you a much younger appearance with smaller incisions and shorter recovery time. If you are looking to address the area around your cheeks and jowls, this state-of-the-art procedure may be the right one for you.
The Incision Pattern
The short scar facelift, also known as the MACS-lift (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension lift) is largely defined by its unique incision location. Dr. Perkins will create a small, carefully concealed incision in front of your ear and along your hairline. He will use a crisscrossing pattern to better hide the incision in your hair.Thanks to this unique process, any scarring will be virtually undetectable.
Through the incision, the doctor will carefully lift the skin and raise the underlying muscles, suturing them into their new positions. The first suture will help to tighten and lift the tissues around the cheekbones and jaw. The second will minimize the nasolabial fold, the deep crease that runs between your nose and the corners of your mouth. If needed, Dr. Perkins will place a third suture, which will help to lift the cheek and lower eyelid. Finally, he will remove any excess skin before replacing your earlobe and closing the incisions.
Results and Recovery
The short scar facelift takes about 2.5 hours to complete, and recovery lasts two to three weeks. In comparison, traditional facelifts take about 3.5 hours and require three to four weeks of recovery. However, although the incision is smaller and the recovery time shorter, limited incision facelifts still have outstanding cosmetic results. By tightening the area in your mid-face and upper neck, Dr. Perkins can give you a much younger appearance. At the same time, the results are extremely subtle and natural. The results of your facelift will last for many years to come, although you will eventually begin to show the signs of aging. Nevertheless, most patients enjoy an enhanced appearance for a decade or more following their limited incision facelift. Your results will typically last longer if you are in good health, do not smoke, and protect yourself from sun exposure.
Advantages of the Short Scar Technique
Dr. Perkins offers both traditional and short scar facelifts. Both are extremely effective, and he will help you select the right one for your needs. The advantages of the short scar technique include:
- Smaller incision
- Less time on the operating table
- Shorter recovery time
- Subtle, extremely natural results
- Enhanced appearance
- Increased self-confidence
Remember, the short scar facelift is designed to target the midface and jowls. If you are looking for more comprehensive treatment for your forehead or other areas, you may want to consider a traditional full facelift.
If you think you may be a good candidate for the short scar facelift, contact our office today. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule your consultation with Dr. Perkins.