Facelift Surgery Techniques, Including Short Scar Facelift

It’s quite normal to be reluctant about undergoing “facelift surgery”. Our patients live very active and productive lives; however, some feel that the energetic, confident person that they feel on the inside is not reflected in their outside appearance. Dr. Harris uses an approach that is best suited for each individual patient’s appearance and anatomy. Gone are the days when the surgeon would simply tighten the skin of which produced an unnatural and stretched face, commonly described as “windswept." For every patient he repositions the underlying facial foundation, lifting and tightening the deep tissues to their original position of which allows for more natural draping of the skin and eliminates the “stretched” look. Many patients who stayed in shape over the years will have lost facial volume resulting in an increase in the sagging of facial skin. For these patients, Dr. Harris will replenish the facial volume with fat taken from another part of the body for a very natural fill and look. The results of this combined approach leave the patient aware that the tired, fatigued look is gone and replaced with a resulting natural appearance.

There are times when a "short-scar facelift" is possible whereby the incision begins in the temporal hairline and goes to a point around the contour of the ear lobe. This is most commonly used for individuals who do not have significant sagging of the jowls or neck.

Some bruising and swelling is expected for every patient and the recovery times will certainly vary. From the moment your new surgical journey starts, Dr. Harris and his staff, you will be given a complete list of do’s, don’ts and postoperative instructions. Our patients typically take a week to 10 days to recover from surgery to the point where they can be publicly active; most return to most social and work activities in two weeks. Dr. Harris routinely will allow patients to begin some degree of exercise in a week with a return to most normal activities in three weeks postoperatively.

Many patients ask the question, "How long will the results last?" Aging will always continue; however, you will always look younger than before the procedure.