Does a facelift leave any scars?
Have you been considering your options for a facelift? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve thought about scarring. Scars from a facelift are pretty much unavoidable as the surgeon will cut into the skin, creating a scar upon healing. However, there are some great ways to decrease the visibility of these scars. Here are some of the factors that will affect whether or not your facelift will leave any scars.
How experienced and skilled is your surgeon?
The amount of scarring you will be left with after a facelift can be widely dependent on the experience and training of your chosen plastic surgeon. Choosing a surgeon who is certified and experienced in performing facelift surgery will ensure that scars are placed in a more discreet location, making them much less obvious. You can use an online service such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons to ensure your chosen surgeon is board-certified to carry out your facelift or neck lift.
How visible facelift scars are is also dependent on where the incisions are placed. An experienced surgeon will know to follow the natural contours of the skin or along the hairline, meaning that scars can be hidden once you’ve healed. Scars around the hairline are easily hidden by your hair. Some surgeons also place the incisions around the ears where they can also be hidden quite easily. Using the natural creases of the skin means that any scarring is much less visible once the skin has healed.
During a facelift, the skin will be pulled tightly and then stitched together. This is what gives the skin a lift. However, this can cause some tension in the skin, resulting in tugging at the incision area that worsens scarring. There are techniques such as the deepening of the SMAS tissues during the surgery that can reduce the skin tension around the stitches.
Managing your scars
After your surgery, you should learn how to take care of your incision lines . This helps the scars heal and fade. First of all, you need to keep the area of the incisions clean at all times. As time goes by and the scar becomes more mature and fades, you should always be careful about high doses of sun exposure. Exposing a scar to a lot of suns will make it darker and can result in sun damage too. Whenever you are going outdoors into direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time, ensure that you apply a high factor sun cream.