Short scar facelift

Waterfront Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland

The Short Scar Facelift (Mini Facelift), known in medical terms as a Minimal Incision Rhytidectomy, is a specialised cosmetic surgery for facial rejuvenation. This procedure is ideal for addressing mild facial ageing, particularly mild jowling, and is preferred for its less invasive approach. While offering significant improvements, it’s important to note that this technique is unsuitable for everyone, especially not for older individuals or those with loose neck skin, as its impact on the neck can be minimal. The Short Scar Facelift is tailored for those who meet specific criteria and seek a subtle yet effective enhancement.

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Mini facelift Edinburgh

    Local or General
    2 hours
    Day case
    1 week off work, 4 weeks before strenuous exercise
Private Hospital Edinburgh

What the procedure involves

During a Short Scar Facelift, incisions are discreetly placed along the hairline and in front of the ears without extending behind the ears. This approach significantly reduces scarring. Our skilled surgeons can perform this procedure under local or general anaesthesia, depending on the patient’s needs and comfort. The focus is on repositioning and tightening the facial tissues to refine the jawline and improve facial contours while ensuring a natural and harmonious appearance.

The procedure can be combined with fat transfer to enhance the cheek area and skin quality.

Benefits and expected outcomes

The primary benefit of a Short Scar Facelift is the improvement of mild jowling with minimal scarring and a more comfortable recovery. Patients can expect a refreshed look that enhances their natural features without the extensive downtime associated with traditional facelifts. It’s important for patients to have realistic expectations, as this procedure offers subtle changes and is not designed for dramatic transformations or significant neck alterations.

Ideal candidates

Ideal candidates are typically younger individuals or those with mild signs of ageing, primarily in the lower face region. It is not recommended for older patients or those with significant loose skin, particularly around the neck. During the consultation, our experts assess the skin’s elasticity, facial structure, and overall health to determine if this procedure aligns with the individual’s aesthetic goals and physical suitability.

Risks and considerations

While the the procedure is generally safer than more invasive procedures, it still carries certain risks and considerations:

  • Scarring: Although the incisions are small and strategically placed, there is a risk of visible scarring, which can vary depending on individual healing processes.
  • Asymmetry: Post-surgical asymmetry, while rare, can occur, necessitating further corrective procedures.
  • Nerve Injury: There is a slight risk of nerve damage during surgery, which can lead to temporary or, in rare cases, permanent facial muscle weakness.
  • Infection and Bleeding: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection and bleeding, which can prolong the recovery process and affect results.
  • Anaesthesia Risks: Both local and general anaesthesia carry their own risks, including allergic reactions and other anaesthesia-related complications.
  • Skin Irregularities: Skin can sometimes heal with small irregularities or changes in texture.
  • Delayed Healing: Certain individuals, especially smokers or those with certain medical conditions, may experience delayed wound healing.

We take all necessary precautions to minimise these risks at Waterfront Private Hospital. Our team of experts ensures that patients are well-informed about all potential risks and that they receive comprehensive care throughout the process.

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Aftercare and Recovery

Recovery from a Short Scar Facelift is generally quicker and more comfortable compared to traditional methods. Patients receive comprehensive aftercare instructions to aid in a smooth recovery process. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to ensure proper healing and to address any concerns promptly.

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Frequently asked questions about short scar facelift surgery

What is a Short Scar Facelift?

A Short Scar Facelift, also known as a Minimal Incision Rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure to rejuvenate the lower face with minimal scarring. It involves making small incisions along the hairline and in front of the ears to lift and reposition facial tissues, improving contours and addressing mild jowling.

Who is an ideal candidate for a Short Scar Facelift?

Ideal candidates are typically younger individuals or those with mild signs of ageing in the lower face. The procedure is not recommended for older patients or those with significant loose skin around the neck.

How does a Short Scar Facelift differ from a traditional facelift?

A Short Scar Facelift involves smaller incisions and focuses on the lower face. It is less invasive than a traditional facelift, which involves more extensive incisions and can also address ageing signs in the neck.

What are the risks associated with a Short Scar Facelift?

Risks include scarring, asymmetry, nerve injury, infection, bleeding, anaesthesia risks, skin irregularities, and delayed healing. At Waterfront Private Hospital, we take extensive measures to minimise these risks.

What is the recovery time for a Short Scar Facelift?

Recovery time varies but is generally shorter than for traditional facelifts. Most patients can return to normal activities within a couple of weeks, following specific aftercare instructions provided by the hospital.

Will there be visible scars after a Short Scar Facelift?

The procedure minimises scarring by placing incisions along the hairline and in front of the ears. Scarring visibility varies among individuals.

Can a Short Scar Facelift be performed under local anaesthesia?

Yes, a Short Scar Facelift can be performed under local anaesthesia, though some patients may opt for general anaesthesia. The choice depends on the patient’s comfort and the surgeon’s recommendation.

How long do the results of a Short Scar Facelift last?

The results can last several years, but this varies depending on age, skin quality, and lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and skincare routine can help prolong the results.

What is the cost of a Short Scar Facelift at Waterfront Private Hospital?

The guide price for a Short Scar Facelift at our hospital is £7000. This cost may vary depending on individual patient needs and the specifics of the procedure.

Why choose Waterfront Private Hospital for a Short Scar Facelift?

Waterfront Private Hospital is renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities, experienced surgeons, and a patient-centric approach. We ensure personalised care, safety, and the highest standards in cosmetic surgery.

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