I'm a 54-year-old male who could use a facelift. However, I am afraid that the scars in front of the ears will become too obvious. I'm not a smoker and fair skinned. What is a realistic outcome for the scar in front of the ears?
Realistic Result of Scar from Facelift?
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Face lift incision and scarring for men & women
More men are obtaining surgery to reduce the signs of aging. The turkey gobbler neck is very common, especially in men. Men have 3 general options with increasing degree of aesthetic success, as well as recovery time. The first is simple liposuction of the neck, which not only removes fat under the chin, but also helps tighten the neck over time. Although recovery is quick, the results may be minimal, especially for patients with severe turkey neck sagging.
The 2 other cosmetic options are plastic surgery. Direct excision of the neck skin & fat produces great results, with recovery within a week usually. Patients however are left with a scar down the middle of the neck. The scar is normally not visible or bothersome, but it's a scar which can be avoided.
The ideal cosmetic approach for severe neck sagging and lower facial aging is some form of face lift surgery. The face lift may be a mini lift (minimal access, short scar, etc) or full (traditional) face lift. The degree of tissue dissection and pulling is largely based on physical examination by a plastic surgeon. Incisions with face lift surgery are in front of the ear and up the temple area, with variable extension behind the ear. Recovery is usually a couple of weeks. Review the many photographs on this website & others to see typical results with the various incisions.
Speak with a plastic surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery to help determine which solution is appropriate for you. Best of luck.
Facelift scar can be hidden in the ear canal and almost invisible with good healing
Careful surgical technique by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon should create very well healed scars that are not conspicuos.
There is a specific technique for hiding the visible portion of the facelift scar inside the ear canal which can make the visible portion of the facelift scar almost invisible.
Web reference: http://drseckel.com/surgical-procedures/face-lift/
Following surgery, many surgeons, myself included will offer complimentary V-Beam laser treatments to help speed healing and minimize scarring. Most plastic surgeons also make topical silicone gel treatments available to help minimize scarring. Close monitoring following surgery is imperative. If scars start start to thicken, they can be treated with steroid injection. But early treatment is key. You don't want to wait until a scar is a problem before you begin receiving treatment.
Web reference: http://www.michaellawmd.com/rejuve.html
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One of the biggest concerns for patients, in particular short haired patients or men, is the appearance of the facial scar. In men, I still perform a retrotragal incision (which is an incision behind the ear), as I find that the scar is much more difficult to see than a straight lined pretragal incision (incision in front of the ear). The keys in a male facelift are concealing the scar, avoiding hair loss, and achieving a robust change to the face and neck.
Seek consultation from a surgeon who has experience with male facelifts.
In the attached video, a male patient with short hair received a full facelift.
Web reference: http://www.shahfacialplastics.com/facelift.html
Excellent facelift scar in the hands of a good surgeon
The incision should be placed in little wrinkles in front of the ear for a male. The secret to having minimal to no scarring in the long run is in the technique of the surgery. When a good lift is done the deeper tissues are pulled tightly and skin just comes along with it. This way only the excess skin is excised and the incisions are closed with no tension at all, resulting in very thin lines. When the skin itself is pulled tight and sewn together, the risk of thicker, wider scars is much higher. The placement of the incision is also important so be sure to find someone that does a lot of facelifts and shows you pictures where you can see minimal to no scarring.
Both men and women are concerned about the facelift scar in front of the ear. That is why we place the incision within the ear. This is especially important in men, who rarely style their hair so it covers the ear.
For a male, it is critical to have inconspicuous scars especially in front of the ears. This requires excellent artistry on the part of the surgeon, a proper choice of placing the scar entirely in front o the ear or behind the tragus (the middle portion), absolutely no tension on the skin and with all tension placed on the deper layers of the tissue. Generally the "mini" procedures place more tension on the skin and are not as good for scars as are the proper full facelifts where the tissus are undermined wider and the tension is placed deeper.
Web reference: http://www.randcosmeticsurgery.com
Facelift for Men
Web reference: http://sandiegoface.com/facelift/
Ideal incisions in Male Facelift
Men can achieve a wonderful result after a facelift, is it is performed by an experienced and talented surgeon. Hallmark of a great facelift in men is youthful and yet natural appearance. Incisions should be inconspicuous without any tell tale signs of a facelift. Unfortunately that is not achieved in some surgeons’ hands. We’ve all see the unnatural facelifts in some male celebrities – funny pull lines, visible scars, ear distortion. There are many factors to consider in placement of incisions – beard distribution, skin thickness, ear anatomy, etc. An experienced surgeon will make a thorough analysis of the face and create an individualized plan for a male facelift, as no two faces are alike. Pick an experienced and talented surgeon with excellent track record. A photo gallery of before and after photos is a good start to make sure that the surgeon can deliver the desired results.
Great question - the facelift scars in front of the ear heal wonderfully and are rarely very visible after one or so months have elapsed. Best of luck!
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