Where are facelift incisions placed?
Locations of Incisions:
The locations and extent of facelift incisions are tailored to the areas you would like to see rejuvenated. Incisions in a traditional facelift are hidden in the hairline behind the temple, continue in and around the natural crease of the ear, ending in the scalp behind the ear. For lesser amounts of lift in younger patients, the S-lift involves less extensive incisions in front of the ear with less tissue tightening and skin excision than in a traditional facelift. Its results are likely to be less long-lasting. Patients whose main concern is neck laxity, may benefit from a neck lift with an incision curving around the crease in front of the ear to the scalp behind the ear. An incision underneath the chin (submentoplasty, corset platysmoplasty) may also be necessary to tighten neck muscles.
Tightening Muscle and Re-draping of Skin
Whichever of the above procedures is performed, the underlying tissues are tightened and the excess skin is precisely and carefully removed and then draped over the underlying tissues. With meticulous suture technique, in most individuals, the incisions heal to a barely visible thin line, well concealed in natural facial creases.