Unlike traditional facelift, the MACS-Lift method features much smaller, shorter incisions frequently located in front of the ears and along the sideburns. The mini facelift is very effective for patients looking to rejuvenate their facial appearance in the mid-face or cheek area. When performed by one of our highly experienced surgeons, you will receive arguably the best short scar facelift San Jose and San Francisco has to offer.

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Am I a Candidate?

A short scar facelift is an excellent option for patients seeking to remedy sagging skin in the mid-face region. San Francisco mini facelift patients who choose the short scar facelift procedure often achieve remarkable, natural-looking aesthetic results. A short scar facelift is also suitable for patients who may be apprehensive about extensive incisions often associated with traditional facelift surgery. Our team of renowned short scar facelift specialists, have helped many patients achieve a more youthful appearance by performing this minimally invasive, leading-edge cosmetic procedure.

Why is this Procedure Right for Me?

Most patients who undergo a short scar facelift are men and women in their forties and fifties who are unhappy with the appearance of facial aging. The age at which a patient will undergo a facelift will vary, but most people undergo the procedure to correct the following issues:

  • Nasolabial folds, or “smile lines” from the sides of the nose to the sides of the upper lip
  • Loose skin around the cheeks and chin creates creases, wrinkles, and jowls
  • A sagging, undefined jawline

A short scar facelift at our state-of-the-art San Francisco surgery center can improve the appearance of your face and neck by tightening the skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. The procedure can shave years off your appearance, and give you a rejuvenated, refreshed, bright appearance.

How is the Short Scar Facelift Performed?

Before performing a short scar facelift, one of our San Francisco MACS facelift surgeons meticulously examines each patient's facial skin and bone structure. Next, they developed a detailed plan to effectively reposition the patient's muscles and tissue. They then administer an anesthetic and makes small incisions in front of the ears. During the next one to two hours, your surgeon works to tighten the skin and facial muscles while eliminating sagging skin. The San Jose facelift (MACS facelift) procedure does not require skin and muscle to be separated from the face, which leads to less bruising, swelling, and minimal recovery time.

Preparing for Surgery

Our team will provide detailed instructions to help you prepare for your surgery. If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking at least before your procedure as it can slow the healing process.

Certain medications may need to be adjusted before your procedure, and your surgeon will review your medical history and make any needed alterations to medication in liaison with your doctor.

You will also be given suggestions about what to eat or drink in preparation for your surgery, as well as foods to avoid. You'll rest at home with minimal activity for a few days after the surgery. Plan in advance and have the foods, snacks, and drinks at hand, as well as other needs ready at home before the surgery.

Arrange transportation home for when your procedure is complete. While this surgery is less invasive than a traditional facelift, you will need assistance immediately following surgery.

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What to Expect After Your Short Scar Facelift

Initially, rest and very little activity are necessary. Always be gentle with your face and hair as your skin will be tender, and may feel numb in the early stages of recovery. Avoid strenuous activity such as exercise or housework for about two weeks.

Taking walks helps with circulation and can benefit your recovery, but without creating strain or perspiration. Most patients can return to work within ten days or two weeks, depending upon the unique healing processes of the individual.

Results from your short scar facelift should be visible within one or two weeks of your procedure when any residual swelling subsides. You will see a significant improvement with the smoothing of wrinkles and fine lines. Deep folds or marionette lines will be less prominent. The removal of excess skin not only smooths your facial skin but brings back a youthful definition to the jawline. A defined jawline with drooping jowls corrected leaves your face and neck looking younger, slimmer, fresher, and more aesthetically appealing.

How Long Does a Short Scar Facelift Last?

A mini-facelift, or short scar facelift, creates a dramatic improvement in facial appearance which typically lasts for years. Issues such as fluctuations in weight or sun exposure, as well as the natural aging process will affect the longevity of the correction. Caring for your facial skin after your procedure can help you maintain the results for as long as possible.

Recuperation After Short Scar / MACS Facelift

Most of our San Francisco / San Jose mini-facelift patients can go home within a couple of hours following MACS-Lift. The recuperation time is anywhere from one to three weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery. To minimize discomfort, patients are often given pain medications and sent home with specific instructions on how to reduce bruising and swelling. A short scar facelift results are usually apparent after the swelling and bruising have subsided. Once healed, incision scars are virtually invisible.

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Other Options

Dr. Liu and his team are distinguished specialists in the San Jose / San Mateo area, whose extensive experience allows them to create amazing aesthetic results. For San Jose / San Mateo plastic surgery patients with extensive facial sagging and wrinkling of the skin, our team may recommend the traditional San Francisco facelift procedure. They also offer a less-invasive liquid lift. Bay Area facelift patients often undergo additional facial treatments, which help them achieve truly remarkable facial rejuvenation results, including eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and ear surgery in San Francisco.

A word about financing...

MACS facelift / short scar facelift surgery in San Jose / San Mateo can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. Jasmine would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Insurance Notes:

Short scar facelift surgery is usually considered an aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance. Jasmine would be happy to assist you with any pre-certification if your insurance covers the procedure. So contact us today and set up a consultation for arguably the best short scar facelift San Francisco has to offer.

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