January 30th, 2013 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD
The best placement for rhytidectomy or facelift incisions is unique to each San Francisco Bay Area patient depending on facial anatomy, hairline and gender.
This is an important topic for the surgeon to discuss with the face lift patient as the goal is to have the resulting scars as invisible as possible. Sonoma, Napa and Marin women say they want to be able to wear their hair in any style.
Careful placement of the incisions by the cosmetic plastic surgeon are generally around the back of the ear in the natural folds, and inside the tragus which allows the scars to be hidden. The little cartilage in front of the ear that covers the ear canal is called the tragus. Tension on the sutures needs to be avoided so that the result is not a “pulled” look and so that the scar can heal properly without becoming wide.
Men usually have their incision in front of the ear so as not to bring the beard in the ear but laser hair removal can take care of this.In addition to having well hidden scars, the surgeon’s goal in having a natural result is also to keep from distorting the hairline and the ears.