July 28, 2016

What is a Long Incision Facelift?

Before and after of Long Incision Facelift procedure with Dr. Buonassisi.Before and after photos patient who had a long incision facelift with Dr. Buonassisi
Angie Buonassisi
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When it comes to facelift surgery, there are many different options that allow Dr. Buonassisi of 8 West Cosmetic Surgery to get the proper results for every patient. One of these is called a Long Incision Facelift, which differs from the Short Incision Facelift we recently talked about in this blog post.What is a Long Incision Facelift?A Long Incision Facelift is the type of facelift performed on candidates who require an elevation of the facial skin along the jawline as well as substantial tightening in the neck area. With a Long Incision Facelift, Dr. Buonassisi almost always performs a Plastysmaplasty as well, which allows him to tighten the neck in the midline.Watch the video with Dr. Buonassisi below for all the information you need to know about Long Incision Facelifts.https://youtu.be/rIRuEghNhAoRisks vs. BenefitsThe risks for Long Incision Facelift in comparison to an S Lift or Short Incision Facelift involve more swelling and bruising, as well as a greater risk for hematoma because the amount of skin elevated during the procedure is greater. When wearing hair back in a ponytail, the incision scar may be noticeable.The rewards of a Long Incision Facelift, however, include a much greater improvement in a very lax neck; this is the gold standard procedure for rejuvenating significant laxity of the neck skin. The skin elevation involved in the procedure allows for a substantial removal of excess skin. Who is a candidate for Long Incision Facelift?[caption id="attachment_7586" align="alignleft" width="584"]

Before and after photos patient who had a long incision facelift with Dr. Buonassisi

Before and after photos patient who had a long incision facelift with Dr. Buonassisi[/caption]You may be a candidate for a long incision facelift if you experience the following:

  • Prominent jowl formation
  • Laxity of the jaw line
  • Marionette lines
  • Poor neck angle
  • Loose neck skin

If your greatest priority is tightening loose neck skin, Long Incision Facelift may be for you, especially if you don't mind potentially visible scarring behind the ears when wearing your hair back.


Though there are slightly higher risks involved with Long Incision Facelift in comparison with other facelift procedures, the results can be much greater depending on your specific needs and goals.

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