As people age, their skin goes through a natural and inevitable change. Our skin decreases the production of elastin and collagen, causing sagging skin, lines and wrinkles. It’s why patients seek rejuvenation surgeries like the facelift. An invasive procedure like the facelift requires incisions, which could lead to scars. Scars from facelift surgeries can be well-hidden if it’s done by a board-certified surgeon. If you’re concerned about facial scarring from cosmetic surgery, it will be beneficial for you to find out how you can reduce the appearance of scars.
During a facelift procedure, incisions are made to access the tissues. How it’s done will depend on the surgeon’s technique. Typically, some of the incisions will go around the ears, which allows the surgeon to hide any scarring within the contour of the ears. Other incisions will be hidden by the temple’s hairline, thenrun behind the earlobe, and end about 2cm behind the ear. Experienced surgeons like Dr. Abadir strategically place these incisions so that they’re well-hidden; patients can even wear their hair short and still have the incisions concealed.
How to Take Care of Your Wound After the Surgery
How you take care of your incisions after the surgery will affect how the scars will heal. They should be kept clean early on in the recovery, Dr. Abadir may even prescribe you an antiseptic ointment for cleaning the incisions. It is also important that the wounds be handled gently, so don’t rub the incisions vigorously.
What You Can Do for the Scars
It’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice for taking care of your incisions. Your surgeon might give you a few instructions to avoid scarring:
- Protect the scar from sun exposure
- Avoid smoking or alcohol
- Get a lot of rest
- Take care of your incisions
- Drink a lot of water
- Refrain from applying stress on your incision
When Do Facelift Surgery Scars Heal?
Scars from facelift typically heal 8 weeks after the surgery. During this period, the scar may look reddish at first, then turn pink in the following weeks. When the scars fully heal, which is in about a year, they will turn into flat, white marks that will be barely noticeable.
When to See Your Doctor
If your incisions become infected, it’s important to get medical help.The patient must see a doctor if the incision starts to burn or starts to build pus. Infections can be treated if antibiotics are taken early enough. Treating infected wounds is essential to avoid severe scarring and to keep the patient healthy and safe.
Learn More About Face Surgery Scars
At Abadir Associates, you can be rest-assured that scarring will not be an issue after your facial surgery. We will be happy to inform you about everything you need to know about facial scarring, so contact Abadir Associates today.