There are two incision techniques used in facelifts: traditional and limited-incision. A surgeon determines which technique to use based on the extent of correction desired and of course, the basic facial structure. The traditional facelift is done to rejuvenate the face, jowls, and neck, by a combination of fat sculpting, lifting and repositioning of muscle/tissues, and skin trimming and re-draping. The incision used in such a procedure starts at the temples and continues to the front of the ear. It skirts the earlobe, and moves on behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline. The facelift can include a neck lift where another incision is made under the chin to contour sagging neck skin and reposition neck muscles. The other type of incision technique is called a limited-incision facelift. This technique is chosen for patients requiring limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, the nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Both these techniques use stitches to close the incision. Each surgeon has various incisions designed to meet the individual needs of the patient. The resulting scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.
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