Newer techniques have encompassed this and these techniques are still evolving.The shorter scar face lifts I believe will gain in popularity.
The MACS lift (minimal access cranial suspension) in particular was described by two young plastic surgeons in Ghent, Belguim, and describes a short scar in front of the ear and around the sideburn which can address the mid face as well as the lower face. This type of lift also differs a lot from normal face lift procedures in that the pull, or vector of pull is completely vertical whereas the normal face lift is backwards and upwards. I believe this gives a more natural result. There are fewer complications in respective of skin undermining and the facial nerve is at less risk than when undermining a SMAS flap.
I believe that this type of face lift is excellent for the young and middle age faces and for some elderly patients. I would assess the face and depending on the required result and amount of excess skin, decide on the type of face lift that needs to be performed.
Post-operative Care for Facelift Patients