Question: Why are some facelifts so obvious and some more natural?
Answer? I am frequently asked by people seeking facelifts what I am going to do to make their result look natural. One of the most important aspects of a facelift that help create a more youthful look without the conspicuous stigmata of a facelift is the location of the scars relative to the sideburn.
Both men an women have sideburns – as small amount of hair that exits between the upper part of the ear and the temple. A sideburn is necessary for a natural looking face. Without it the cheek looks too tall and the temple looks too wide. I call this an “alien” post-facelift look. This disappearance of the sideburn is more more likely to occur when the facelift incision in front of the the ear is carried up into the hair behind the sideburn.
To prevent the disappearing sideburn in facelifts the incision can be brought up around the sideburn. This way the sideburn is not moved. When placed in this location just behind the first few hairs and when made as a wavy line, the resulting scar becomes difficult to see. The hairs grow through the scar to help hide it and the wavy line replicates the natural contours of the hairline.