It’s no secret that a facelift is a highly effective way to help patients look younger. However, it’s not a miracle cure, and it is a true medical surgery, so it’s a good idea for anyone considering plastic surgery to learn about their procedure and ask plenty of questions. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has specialized in facial rejuvenation for over thirty years, I’ve heard just about every question in the book, so today, I’m tackling a rather common one—whether or not a face lift will affect your hair line.
Some worry that their facelift will require an incision all the way across the top of their head, from the top of one ear to the top of the other, and that when the skin is tightened straight up, it will move their front hairline back several inches. But you can rest easy, because this is not how a facelift is performed. Pulling all the skin in this direction would create a very unnatural look, especially if you’re trying to reduce excess skin on the jowls. Instead, to keep facelift results looking natural while also focusing on the areas that typically need the most improvement (the cheeks and jowls), the facelifts that I perform involve incisions that begin in the hair around the temple, then run along the front of your ear. If the neck is being treated as well, the incision may also hook around the bottom of the ear, then come up in the back of your head to reach the hair at the top of your neck. Or, for patients who opt for a minimally invasive option like my in-office Band Aid Mini Facelift, the incisions are shorter than those from a traditional face lift. Regardless of which option is best for you, none of these methods will involve moving your hair line back.
With that being said, while your hairline will not change from a facelift, some patients do experience minor hair loss at their incision site. Hair does not grow through scar tissue, so even after they heal, your incision sites will not have hair on them, although they are generally small enough and thin enough that this is not very noticeable. In very rare cases, patients may experience some hair loss in the area surrounding their incisions as well, often due to excessive tension in the skin. Fortunately, most of these patients see the hair start to return a few months after their face lift. Because I focus primarily on giving my patients natural-looking results rather than becoming overly ambitious and lifting the skin as tightly as possible, this is not a side effect that my patients experience often.
Every medical procedure comes with potential risks, whether it’s an extensive surgery or an entirely non-invasive treatment. But if your procedure is performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, you should be able to enjoy minimal risks and have a thorough understanding of your options ahead of time. To discuss what type of procedure may be right for you, schedule a consultation with me today. For more plastic surgery tips, answers to your plastic surgery questions, and more, follow me, Dr. John LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.