Richard A. Baxter, M.D.

The Art Behind Plastic Surgery

 

I don't want visible scars. Is a short-scar technique an option?

A facelift isn't just one operation done the same way on everyone. Just as an artist has a palette of colors, there is a menu of techniques and variations that enable the facelift to be customized. All of these are designed to have very inconspicuous scars but as a general rule, the shortest and best-hidden scar that gives ideal results for that specific patient is used. Some of these have clever-sounding names, implying that they are some kind of dramatic improvement and render the 'standard" facelift obsolete. There are indeed some great improvements, but I would advise an extreme degree of skepticism regarding trademarked facelifts, which may have more to do with marketing than anything else.

 

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