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Are you bothered by sagging skin and wrinkles but are not so sure about having a standard facelift? A short scar facelift (also referred to as an S-lift) might be the ideal solution to restore a youthful appearance without the extensive scarring. Plastic surgeons use this technique to address early signs of facial and neck aging.

Dr. Chaowen Wu offers the short scar facelift procedure to her patients from Houston, Tx and different other parts of the country. Through this technique, she has helped countless men and women restore a youthful facial appearance. Dr. Wu offers a highly individualized treatment approach that is tailored to each patient’s unique needs. She also utilizes the latest surgical techniques to ensure the best possible outcome while also ensuring safety.

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You’ve been searching for a plastic surgeon who will take the time to listen and understand your facial rejuvenation goals because preserving your unique beauty is not something to be taken lightly. When you meet Dr. Chaowen Wu and the Revel You team, you will experience how liberating it is to take time and openly express yourself with ease in a safe, judgement-free, and supportive environment. Your consultation is reserved for one hour with the majority of that time spent discussing your facelift goals with Dr. Wu. You’ll never feel pressured or rushed as we understand that choosing the right plastic surgeon is the most important first step. When you meet us, you’ll quickly understand why clients trust Dr. Wu with their most beloved facial features and why clients continue to choose Dr. Wu as their life long plastic surgeon.

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Who is the Short Scar Facelift and Neck Lift For?

The short scar facelift is an increasingly popular option for individuals who are looking to reverse early signs of aging but are wary about scarring. You might be an ideal candidate for this treatment if you:

  • Are experiencing early signs of aging such as mild to moderate skin laxity, sagging jowls, and wrinkles.
  • Desire a more youthful appearance but without the extensive scarring of a traditional facelift.
  • Have good skin elasticity (this treatment relies on the skin’s ability to “bounce back” after lifting).
  • Are in good overall health
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.

The short scar facelift is less invasive than a traditional facelift. However, it may not be suitable for everyone. Individuals with significant skin laxity or advanced signs of aging may require a more comprehensive procedure such as the standard or deep plane facelift. During your initial consultation visit at Revel You Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Chaowen Wu will help determine the best treatment choice to meet your needs.

What are the Advantages of a Short-scar Facelift Over a Regular Facelift?

Short-scar facelifts offer several notable advantages compared to regular facelifts:

  • Less Scarring – this technique results in smaller, less noticeable scars compared to traditional facelifts. Incisions are strategically placed to minimize visibility, usually within the hairline or natural creases of the skin.
  • Faster Recovery – shorter incisions and less extensive tissue dissection during a short-scar facelift contribute to a faster recovery time. Most of Dr. Wu’s short scar facelift patients are able to resume normal activities sooner compared to those who undergo a traditional facelift.
  • Less Discomfort – because there’s less surgical trauma, patients usually experience less postoperative pain and swelling after a short-scar facelift.
  • Lower Risk of Complications – this technique entails shorter incisions and less invasive techniques so the risk of complications like bleeding, infection, and nerve damage is generally lower.
  • Natural-Looking Results – some patients prefer the subtler, more natural-looking results of a short-scar facelift compared to the sometimes overly tight or pulled appearance associated with regular facelifts.

How is the Procedure Performed?

Dr. Wu typically performs short scar facelift and neck lift under local anesthesia with IV sedation. General anesthesia may sometimes also be used depending on the extent of the procedure. The surgeon will create small incisions starting in the hairline at the temples and extending down in front of the ear. Sometimes, the incision will continue behind the earlobe into the hairline. The length and location of the incisions depends on your specific needs and the extent of the lift. Dr. Wu then uses these incisions to carefully lift and reposition the underlying muscles and tissues of the face and neck. The skin will be gently redraped over the tightened tissues and incisions carefully closed using skin adhesives or sutures. You will be allowed to go home to continue with recovery shortly after the procedure.

How Long is Recovery Time?

After your short scar facelift plastic surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where you will be closely monitored. Dr. Chaowen Wu will provide detailed postoperative instructions on how to care for the incisions, manage any discomfort, and gradually resume your normal activities. Patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort over the first few days. Pain medication and cold compresses usually help manage these symptoms. Most people are able to return to light activities and work after a week or two. You should feel comfortable enough to resume normal daily activities and social engagements within 2-4 weeks. Any residual swelling can easily be concealed using appropriate makeup.

Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Chaowen Wu

Dr. Chaowen Wu is a leading facial plastic surgeon with years of experience working with patients from Houston, TX and many other parts of the country. She is known for her compassionate approach and commitment to results and patient safety. If you’d like to learn about the short scar facelift and its suitability for you, get in touch with Dr. Wu to schedule a consultation today.

Dr. Wu's Facial Procedures

Dr. Chaowen Wu specializes in multiple other facial plastic surgery procedures to suit the needs of different patients:

Full Facelift

Because your face represents you to the world, a facelift may be the most intimate procedure you have ever considered. The goal of facelift surgery is to tighten the facial skin by removing excessive skin from the face due to age, hereditary factors, or weight loss. Learn how Dr. Wu can preserve all of your defining features with a gentle facelift.

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift technique addresses advanced signs of aging in the mid and lower face. This involves lifting and repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues (the SMAS layer) to improve sagging jowls, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. Because it lifts the deeper tissues, a deep plane facelift provides longer-lasting results.

Mini Facelift

If you are bothered by signs of aging in your lower face including jowls, marionette lines, and general loss of definition in your jawline, the mini facelift can provide the solution to these problem areas. The incisions are kept in natural creases to keep them concealed. This procedure is one of the least invasive types of facelift.

Neck Lift

A neck lift is the most powerful way to treat advanced neck aging, including horizontal wrinkles, vertical neck bands, loose neck muscle, and loose skin that form the dreaded “turkey wattle.” It is often combined with a facelift procedure to achieve harmonious rejuvenation – as it uses the same incision around the ears.

Facial Fat Transfer

Facial volume is lost over time and may be restored to your youthful self using your own fat. Facial fat transfer heals without scars and provides a natural, soft, and lasting alternative to fillers. This is a great way to rejuvenate the eyes, cheeks, and even lips with minimal down time using your own excess body fat.

Eyelid Lift

Aging of the eyelids often appears as eyelid hooding, hollowing, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and just general tired appearance. Eyelid surgery is an excellent procedure choice to remove excess skin and reposition the fat in this area in order to reawaken tired eyes and achieve a lively facial aesthetic.

Brow lift

Your eyebrows frame your eyes and with age may start drooping. This can lead to the appearance of looking sad, tired, or angry. A brow lift restores the eyebrows to a youthful position which can help you look rested and relaxed.

Mid Facelift

The midface lift technique targets the middle area of the face to rejuvenate the cheeks and under-eye area. It helps address sagging cheeks, deep nasolabial folds, and loss of volume to restore a more youthful mid-face contour.

Vertical Facelift

Dr. Wu offers the vertical facelift to lift the underlying facial tissues in a vertical direction (as opposed to the horizontal pull of a traditional facelift). This improves sagging cheeks, jowls, and neck laxity for a natural facial contour.

Ponytail Facelift

A ponytail facelift is a minimally invasive technique. Dr. Chaowen Wu lifts facial tissues using sutures to create a subtle lifting effect similar to that of a high ponytail. This specifically improves sagging in the mid-face and lower face.

Short Scar Facelift

The short scar facelift, sometimes also called a mini facelift, is a less invasive technique that uses shorter incisions than standard facelifts. It improves jawline definition, reduces jowls, and tightens loose skin for a revamped facial look.


Aging of the eyelids can appear as eyelid hooding, hollowing, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and just general tired appearance. Eyelid surgery can remove excess skin and reposition the fat to reawaken tired eyes.


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What is the short scar facelift and neck lift?

This is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that aims to address early signs of aging in the face and neck. It is a less extensive version of a standard facelift that involves shorter incisions strategically placed to minimize visible scarring. This type of facelift plastic surgery helps alleviate mild to moderate skin laxity, wrinkles and fine lines, sagging jowls, loss of definition in the jawline, neckbands and loose skin on the neck.

How long does the short scar facelift last?

The longevity of a short scar facelift varies from one patient to the other based on factors such as individual aging process, lifestyle factors, sun exposure, and skin quality. The results of this treatment may last anywhere from 5 – 10 years. Dr. Wu recommends that you develop a personalized skincare regimen and positive lifestyle choices to maintain your results for as long as possible.

The first step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Chaowen Wu. She will listen to your concerns and advice accordingly. You will need to undergo a medical evaluation, adjust medications appropriately, and quit smoking. It’s important to arrange for help during recovery and stock up with necessary supplies. The surgeon may also provide additional instructions with regards to diet and getting ready for the surgery that you need to strictly follow.


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