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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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.

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
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The gels are effective, but consider what your surgeon recommends

Hi Njgirl

The silicone gels available over the counter are highly effective and easy to use. However, if you are having an issue with your facelift (like getting it to heal faster) this is really something you should discuss with your surgeon. The scars do tend to fade with time. However if the face lift scars seems to be developing a ridge or is red, your surgeon has means of treating these issues. They may also recommend the silicone gel. However, the office based treatment for the scar is very effective and can help you heal following the facelift but you will only get this care from your surgeon if you let them know that you are having an issue.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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There are a number of over the counter products that can help scars heal faster

There are a number of topical gel products that can be used to help scars heal faster and reduce the chances of getting thick. The easiest to get is ScarGuard, which is available at many pharmacies. On line you can get Scar Fade or Kelocote. These are also excellent gels that if applied twice a day can help scars heal.

Steven J. Pearlman, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Over the counter treatments for facelift scars

There are no over-the-counter medications that will help with facelifting scars. The scar itself takes several months to completely settle down and for the redness to go away. It is a reflection of the healing process of an individual's type of skin. Vitamin E, herbal supplements, creams, and lotions will not help the healing process.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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