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What Is A Short Scar Facelift?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Even with the tremendous advancements that have been made in cosmetic surgery and scar care over the last several decades, many men and women still worry about facelift scars. For these patients, the short scar facelift may be an attractive solution for addressing moderate signs of facial aging with a smaller incision compared to that used in traditional facelift surgery. Award-winning board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and the acclaimed team at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV are proud to offer a full range of facial rejuvenation procedures, including the short scar facelift, to help patients look and feel more confident than ever. Read on to learn more about the benefits of a short scar facelift, what makes it different from a traditional facelift, and why it may be the facelift alternative you’ve been searching for.

What does a short scar facelift do?

If you’ve been looking into your facelift options, you may have come across the short scar facelift. This popular procedure is used by many men and women to make improvements to the lower two-thirds of the face and, in some cases, the neck through manipulation and repositioning of the skin and underlying SMAS layer. Common signs of aging that can be improved with short scar facelift surgery include:

  • Hollow cheeks
  • Mild to moderate skin laxity
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Drooping jowls
  • Weak jawline
  • Sagging neck

What’s the difference between short scar facelift and regular facelift?

The primary difference between a traditional facelift and a short scar facelift is the length and position of the incision used during surgery. In a traditional or full facelift, the incision typically begins near the temple, runs down along the front of the ear, wraps around the back of the ear, and ends beyond the hairline. The short scar facelift requires a much shorter incision just in front of the ear, stopping at the base of the ear. In both types of facelifts, Dr. Khorsandi takes great care to place the incisions in areas where they can be concealed within the natural contours of the face and beyond the hairline. However, a short scar facelift does result in less overall scarring compared with a full facelift.

Generally speaking, patients with a mild to moderate amount of skin laxity in the lower face and neck can benefit by short scar facelift surgery, while patients with moderate to advanced signs of facial aging may be better suited to full facelift surgery. For this reason, younger patients often choose a short scar facelift to address early concerns and delay the need for a more extensive procedure in the future.

During your initial consultation for short scar facelift surgery in Las Vegas, Dr. Khorsandi will thoroughly examine your facial features and skin tone, discuss your concerns and goals, and recommend the most appropriate facelift approach for you. Oftentimes, additional procedures and treatments are combined with a short scar facelift to help patients achieve an even more desirable outcome. These may include:

Not quite ready for a full facelift but still want to look more youthful and attractive? A short scar facelift in Las Vegas, NV may be right for you!

If you are excited about the dramatic, natural-looking, and long-lasting results that are possible with facelift surgery but prefer less scarring and have only mild to moderate signs of aging, a short scar facelift may be the solution you’ve been searching for. To learn more about the compelling benefits of short scar facelift surgery, call the expert team at VIP Plastic Surgery to schedule your private consultation or virtual appointment with Las Vegas board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.