Get a life – Get a ‘lift’: The Short Scar Facelift Explained

Get a life – Get a ‘lift’: The Short Scar Facelift Explained

Now that we live longer and understand the power of embracing healthy lifestyles, looking as young as one feels has become the norm. As such, Rhytidectomy, better known as a facelift, is no longer the domain of the rich and famous, but people from all walks of life are opting for either some form of a face lift or rejuvenation procedures at a younger age. And quite rightly so. Why should the sad effects of gravity – sagging jowls, baggy eyelids and deep wrinkles – keep you from looking the way you feel inside?


Have you heard about the “Zoom Effect”?

Since going into lockdown a year ago I have seen an increase in patients requesting more invasive facial procedures. Men and women are more aware of their facial features due to the many hours spent looking at themselves during virtual (Zoom) meetings. Never have we spent so much time analysing how facial expressions and emotions change during animation. Usually, we only see our faces static when applying makeup in the morning and have a few seconds to critically analyse our faces at rest. The Zoom effect is what has, in our experience, increased the number of younger patients choosing a short scar facelift procedure.


Could a Short Scar Facelift be the perfect stealth mission to emerging from lockdown looking refreshed and rejuvenated?

Many of my patients are finding that this is the ideal time to embark on procedures they have always wanted to do, but never had the time for.

With “working from home” and no “social pressures”, one of my long-standing patients who regularly maintains her youthful appearance with muscle relaxing injections and facial filler treatments took the step to have her short scar facelift procedure.

Her motivation was: “Now that I am working from home, that barrier has been lifted, and I am ready for a more ‘aggressive’ approach to my facial rejuvenation”. A short scar facelift procedure seems less daunting as she now has the time to recover in “stealth “without her friends and work colleague knowing her secret to “eternal youth”.


How can a Short Scar Facelift improve my appearance?

A short scar facelift can enhance overall mid facial appearance and improve sagging jowls by tightening slack muscles, removing excess skin, replenishing facial volume and thereby improving youthful facial contours. The resulting scar is shorter than a conventional face lift because a short scar facelift addresses only the sagging midface and not the neck that will require a more extensive scar. The ideal candidate is therefore a younger patient in her 40’s to 50’s with mild midface sagging and very minimal loose neck skin.


Today’s face lifts are not designed to change appearances radically, but simply refresh the overall facial look.

What does a Short Scar Facelift procedure involve?

A short scar facelift procedure addresses jowling which is one of the earliest signs of facial aging. The jowls are areas of skin, muscle and fat that have fallen from the side of the face to hang along or below the jaw line. The surgery works by using a well-hidden incision in front of the ears. Under vision the underlying muscles and deeper tissues are pulled up and back eliminating the jowls by supporting the loose jowl tissue. The procedure is completed by carefully removing excess loose skin.


A short scar facelift can be performed as a stand-alone procedure, however for the most natural results I combine a short scar face lift procedure with Lipofilling. Lipofilling is a fat grafting technique that restores the youthful fullness that is lost with aging. It is used to plump up and enhance all facial areas including the chin, nose, neck, jaw line, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, brow, upper eyelids, temples and lips.


What is the recovery of a short scar facelift?

A short scar facelift is performed at The Cosmetic Surgery Institute under a light anaesthetic. I encourage my patients to overnight in the clinic so that the qualified nursing staff can ensure a speedy recovery by applying ice, head elevation and specialised LED lights during the first 24 hours after the procedure.  You can expect swelling and bruising for 7 – 14 days depending on each individual patients’ ability to heal.

Small invisible sutures are removed after 14 days after which most patients are able to socially engage. Swelling can however differ from patient to patient and often a full recovery can be expected by 6 weeks. Initially scars may be red and require time to lighten. They can however be hidden by your hairstyle.


What should I expect from a Short Scar Facelift?

Before having a facelift, it is important to have realistic expectations and be emotionally, physiologically and psychologically prepared.  I emphasise to prospective patients that surgery won’t necessarily change relationships or make you feel happier about yourself.

You will look naturally more lifted and rejuvenated, resulting in a more relaxed and less tired look and a tighter more contoured jawline.


Living behind a mask will not be forever. We will all emerge into “life” again feeling more confident in our own skins. Whether we do this naturally through mindfulness, meditation and face yoga or with the help of a “little stealth procedure”, let’s get a “lift”, let’s get a life. Let’s get a “life lift”.