Most people who go through the face lift are usually looking for a better appearance after the surgery. A face lift needs incision to help the surgeon lift the skin and tighten it for a more youthful look. As with most surgeries, a scar will form.
How visible the scar is will actually depend on where it is located and how well the skin will heal. The location of the incision will make it not easily noticeable. The incision needs to be placed behind the ear, where it cannot be seen since if it is placed in front of the ear the scar will be visible and it will be difficult to hide.
Face Lift Scars after Surgery
An open wound or cut is naturally healed by scarring. New tissue grows and covers the wound and cleans the dead skin blood cells in the form of a scab. Applying pressure and a massage improves the appearance as it breaks up the scar tissue which makes the scar fine. Silicone sheets, topical steroids and hydration also help.
Avoiding direct sunlight on the face lift scars will also help in the appearance, as sometimes the sun discolors it. If the scars are still visible after some time, you might have to back to the surgeon to administer steroid injections or look at the scar.
Everyone should be very proactive when it comes to their health, more so with their health their skin before surgery. Before the surgery, one is advised not to smoke. How healthy you are will determine how fast you will heal and the faster you heal, the chances of the scars being noticeable are minimal.
After the surgery, the surgeon will give you advice on how to take care of the incision sites. Follow the directions you are given as this is the first step to ensure that your scars heal well. You will also need to be careful when sleeping to avoid any interference with the scar at night.
How to Further Take Care of the Incision Scars
The scars will be red even after the stitches are removed. Most of it will disappear with time. Use sun block or use a hat to cover the face lift scars. As the healing process goes on, you can use products with dimethicone silicone which has healing properties and vitamin C which helps in softening of the scar and fading.
Eat a balanced diet and ensure that you take lots of proteins since it provides the skin with building blocks which make healing faster. You are further advised to be thoroughly hydrated since it will help in the healing process.
After the first week of surgery, you should take it easy and avoid strenuous activity, alcohol, sauna for some months and rest a lot to allow your body to heal. Surgery scars that are inflamed and become either red or purple require a scar revision. The surgeon can remove the visible scars and help them blend well and become unnoticeable. After that, a fading gel can be used to make them disappear.