One of the most common concerns that often holds men and women back from pursuing cosmetic surgery is the fear of visible scarring. While some level of scarring is unavoidable when surgical incisions are required, the incredible advances in medicine and technology now make it possible for many cosmetic surgery scars to be virtually invisible after healing. Furthermore, your surgeon’s skill and placement when making incisions can help to camouflage your scars or – in some cases – conceal them completely.
For facelift patients specifically, it is understandable to worry about scarring on one of the most visible parts of your body. However, you may be surprised to learn that facelift scars are rarely visible when the surgery is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, and the patient practices appropriate aftercare. The exceptional team of plastic surgeons at Iranian Surgery performs hundreds of facelift procedures each year and takes great care to minimize the risk of visible scarring. Learn more about facelift at Iranian Surgery, including what kind of scarring you can expect and how you can ensure that your scars heal and fade in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible.
Will I Scar After Facelift Surgery?
As with all plastic surgery, some scarring should be expected from your facelift but an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon can minimize and hide any surgical scars. In the majority of cases, facelift incisions are placed in inconspicuous areas where they can be easily camouflaged or concealed within the natural lines and contours of the face, such as the hairline and around the ear. The placement of your particular incisions will depend on the nature of your procedure, the severity of your concerns, and the surgeon’s recommendations. The experienced and talented plastic surgeons at Iranian Surgery fully understand the desire to minimize visible scarring after facelift and take great care to make thin, precise incisions that will allow for a stunning transformation with the least risk of unappealing scars. In a large number of cases, patients are unable to identify their own facelift scars once they have healed and faded!
How Is the Scarring Different Between Traditional and Short-Scar Facelifts?
As its name suggests, short-scar facelifts are performed through a shorter incision than traditional facelifts. The traditional facelift incorporates an incision that starts in the sideburn hair, passes immediately in front of the ear, and then curves behind the ear and into the hairline of the neck. Frequently, there is also a well-concealed incision placed under the chin and jaw to help refine the neck. The short-scar facelift incision starts in the sideburn and passes in front of the ear but does not curve behind it.
Facelift Scars FAQ
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about facelift scars and how to care for your sutures for the best possible aesthetic result:
Where are the incisions made for the facelift?
The facelift procedure involves incisions that skirt the contour of the ears, using the anatomy of the ear to help conceal them. They are made in the hairline of the temple and then turn to run behind the earlobe to end about 2 cm out of sight behind the ear. Facelift scars from a well-performed plastic surgery should be virtually invisible – white, flat and well-placed behind the ear so that the patient can even wear close-cropped hair without the incision being visible.
How should I care for the wounds?
After your facelift surgery, you will need to keep the wounds scrupulously clean in the early days after your operation. Your plastic surgeon may give you an antiseptic ointment to apply after the procedure. Always handle the wounds gently and avoid any vigorous rubbing with a towel. It is fine to wash your hair a couple of days after the plastic surgery but don’t let the wounds soak in water for any length of time.
Is there anything I can do to help the facelift scars resolve?
If you are serious concerned about scarring after your facelift, it is important to discuss any methods of scar minimization and prevention with your surgeon prior to the plastic surgery. Following your doctor’s post-surgical instructions is very important to minimizing the appearance of scars. These may include:
. Avoiding sun exposure
. No smoking/alcohol
. Getting lots of rest
. Proper wound care
. Staying well hydrated
. Avoiding placing stress on your incision
How will I know if the wound has become infected?
Taking measures to avoid infections after your plastic surgery is key to healing without scars. However, at times this may be unavoidable. You should contact your plastic surgeon Immediately if your wound becomes hot, tender or starts to discharge pus. Minor wound infections after a facelift respond rapidly to a short course of antibiotics and quick treatment is essential to avoid any scarring or damage to your health.
How long will the scars from this plastic surgery take to heal?
Incisions are typically red, then gradually fade. Scars mature with time, and if your incisions are red or slightly raised, that will generally disappear with time. It can take upwards of 6-12 months for scars to diminish in size and color completely, but typically, after several weeks, scars are barely noticeable. Makeup can be applied about the time you get back into your normal routine to minimize the appearance of surgical scars. Most patients find the minimal scars well-worth the final outcome of their facelift procedure.
What will the scars look like?
Initially after the plastic surgery, the wound will be red, settling over a few weeks to a pink color. Typically, after a year, the scar will become flat, white and virtually unnoticeable.
About Iranian Surgery
Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best cosmetic surgeons in Iran. The price of Facelift surgery in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined by an in-person assessment with the doctor.
For more information about the cost of Facelift surgery in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.