According to Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS, a San Diego-based plastic surgoen, more and more plastic surgeons are offering and patients are opting for less aggressive facelifts called endoscopic, short-scar, or mini-facelifts.

"Most of the patients I have the opportunity to sit down with have three main questions when it comes to any plastic surgery procedure," says Chaffoo. "Will it hurt? What are the risks? How long will I be away from work and the activities I enjoy? They also have one major concern, which is while they desire a more youthful look, they want to look like themselves; they want people to notice that something is different—better—but they don’t want people asking if they’ve had something done. For these men and women in San Diego, a mini-facelift can help."

The endoscopic, short-scar facelift uses an endoscope (a small camera) as well as smaller instruments, which allows tiny incisions—most less than 1 inch in length—that are more easily concealed. The procedure achieves a natural, more youthful look by lifting sagging cheeks, reducing wrinkles, and strengthening the jaw line, but it does so without a lengthy recovery or significant scarring.

However, the procedure isn’t for everyone, says Chaffoo.

"The laxity of a patient’s skin and their underlying bone structure, among other things, ultimately determine whether they would benefit from the more traditional neck and face lift or the endoscopic, short-scar mini-facelift. A short-scar facelift is a fantastic option for many of my patients because of its ability to achieve a natural look without a lengthy recovery or significant scarring. But, even the traditional facelift has seen procedural advances that make it less invasive and more effective than ever before. It’s truly an exciting time for plastic surgery."

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