Recommended Over-the-counter Scar Treatment After Facelift?

Are there any products available to reduce Facelift scars and speed up healing?

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Recommended over-the-counter scar treatment after facelift?

Hello! Thank you for the question! It is common for scars to fully mature for up to a year. In the meantime, there are a few things that may help to ameliorate your incision/scar. The most proven (as well as cheapest) modality is simple scar massage. Applying pressure and massaging the well-healed scar has been shown to improve the appearance as it breaks up the scar tissue, hopefully producing the finest scar as possible. Other things that have been shown to add some benefit, albeit controversial, are silicone sheets, hydration, and topical steroids. In addition, avoidance of direct sunlight to the incision will significantly help the appearance as they tend to discolor with UV light during the healing process.

If unsightly scars are still present after approximately a year's time, other things that your surgeon may consider are intralesional steroid injections, laser, or just surgical revision of the scar itself.

Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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OTC Scar Treatment

Thank you for your question. There are no OTC medicines available to treat scars, but several treatments including laser and Neosporin application have been shown to.

Ramtin Kassir, MD
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Most Facelift Scarring Heals Without Intervention

The vast majority of facelift scars heal nicely without any type of intervention. Initially these scars are red and raised. For this reason patients are apprehensive and often request some type of treatment to facilitate healing.
When this scenario arises a variety of treatments have been utilized. These include topical vitamin E, mederma, scarguard, silicone gel and a variety of lotions and creams. Although these agents are popular, most of the data regarding their use is anecdotal.

Facelift scars can be improved and made better

Facelift scars should be treated aggressively to give you a lifetime of satisfactory results.  I treat many facelift scars with pulsed dye laser, early neosporin application, and fractional laser skin resurfacing.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Scarguard, Silicon Sheets, Mederma, Vit E

Any scars after surgery can be improved by proper care after surgery. Immediately after surgery clean the incisions with peroxide and apply bacitracin several times a day. After the stitches come out use Vit E lotion or cream to massage the scars daily for 3 months. In some cases where a scar starts becoming raised then immediately start using silicon sheets every night, or Scarguard or Mederma.


Tanveer Janjua, MD
Bedminster Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Neaclear Scar Advantage for scars


Thank you for your question.

I would recommend the product Neaclear Scar Advantage. It promotes optimal scar healing with ingredients such as liquid oxygen, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamins A & D, cortisone, and silicone. You apply the product a few times a day and should see scar reduction in a less than a few weeks.

Best regards,

Dr. Speron

Sam Speron, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Scar creams after facelift.

In more than 30 years of facelifts, I have never had a patient with noticeable scars in front of the ears that required any cream. The surgery makes the scars not noticeable except for the initial redness which is easily covered with cover-up makeup for the first few weeks.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Scar Creams

In general, Facelift incisions by a qualified, reputable, board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon or Plastic Surgeon should heal very nicely. The reason: blood supply in the face is excellent. Scar creams, although they may provide some piece of mind to the patient are of questionable therapeutic value to a normal healing facial wound. If the incision looks questionable, application of a silicone based cream may be helpful.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone gel for scar treatment

Many different manufacturers produce silicone gel preparations with a variety of additives. I prefer the ones with sunblocks. However, additives may result in a higher risk of allergic reaction.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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You can try Mederma for scars

There are many product that will help. These are Merderma, Scar Gard, and vitamin E. You can  bu vitamin E over the counter, break the gel cap and apply the vitamin E over the incision.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

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