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How Long Does It Take for Facelift Scars to Mostly Disappear?

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Facelift Scars

The facelift performed by the surgeon with the most expertise, training, experience and patience will leave you with the best results. 
 The facelift procedure involves incisions that skirt the contour of the ears, using the anatomy of the ear to help conceal them. For a full facelift, the incision starts in the sideburn area, follows the contours of the junction of the ear with the face, curves behind the earlobe into the recess between the posterior ear and the neck/scalp, and then extends into the hairline posteriorly at the top of the ear. When I make these incisions, I design them so that, once fully healed, they may be difficult for even a hairdresser to detect. That goal can often be achieved, and it requires meticulous attention to every centimeter of the closure.
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  

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

10941 Raven Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614

How Long Does It Take for Facelift Scars to Mostly Disappear

Thank you for your question.  Scars will improve over time over a two year period.  FOllow the advise of your surgeon.  Unfavorable scars can be revised after a year. Best Wishes

Jeff Angobaldo, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

5880 Ashmill Dr
Plano, TX 75024

How long does it take for facelift scars to mostly disappear?

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!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

8900 E. Raintree Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Most Facelift Incisions Heal Nicely

Scarring following facelift surgery varies from patient to patient and is dependent upon a multitudes of variables. These include the type of facelift performed, the wound healing characteristics of the patient and the technical skill of the surgeon.
The surgeon can influence several of these variables, but unfortunately has no control over the patients’ wound healing biology. For these reasons, plastic surgeons make every effort to place scars where they’re well hidden when performing facelifts.
In vast majority of patients these wounds heal nicely and the scars are difficult to see.When wound healing is complicated the scars are often well hidden by incision placement. After surgery scars are often extremely red and raised.With the passage of time these scars usually flatten and lose their redness. This improvement becomes noticeable in about six to eight weeks, but takes 12 to 18 months to reach completion.
Massage and topical agents can sometimes facilitate wound healing and are often recommended in the post-operative period. With these maneuvers most patients are happy with their results, but occasionally a rare patient will require a scar revision.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 142 reviews

8900 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114

Scar after facelift surgery

A well performed facelift surgery with minimal tension on skin will leave minimally noticeable incision lines. It takes about 8 weeks to see a smooth incision lines. It should be mentioned that individuals with history of keloid formation or darker skin tend to have more noticeable incision lines. 

Kevin Sadati, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 121 reviews

359 San Miguel Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Facelift Incision

Normally it takes about 6-8 weeks for scars to be inconspicuous if they are designed well pre-operatively.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

9101 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75231

Healing time of facelift scars

The healing process is quite variable depending upon the patient’s skin type present. Darker and oilier skin tends to take longer to heal and stays red for a longer period of time. Fitzpatrick I and II type skin tends to heal much quicker, usually within a two to three month period of time following a facelift.  

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

1101 Madison St
Seattle, WA 98104

Facelift Scars

Redness of the scars is present in varying degrees for about 3 months and wound appearance continues to improve for 6-12 months. Careful placement of incisions in natural creases in front of the ears, in the skin on the back of the ears, and in the hairline around the ears will camouflage the scars. Make-up can be used about one week post-op. Although scars are always present, ultimately they will barely be visible with the use of careful, meticulous technique.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

416 N Bedford Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Disappearance of Facelift scars

Scars on the face fade much quicker than scars elsewhere. Even so, they will remain somewhat red for up to 2-3 months. You can, however, camouflage this redness rather easily beginning the day after the sutures are removed. This is usually about post-op day 3-5 and almost never later than day 8. We usually provide camouflage make-up to hide the redness of the scars and the bruising so you can return to normal activities within 3-8 days.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

209 Hospital Drive
Highlands, NC 28741

Face Lift Scar Healing

Face lift incisions are placed in strategic locations to hide & camouflage the final results, to avoid visible scarring. All facial incisions for plastic surgery slowly improve and mature with time. Initially, face lift incisions will appear red and swollen. The incisions gradually become less noticeable with good postoperative care, such as avoiding the sun & smoking. Most face lift healing occurs within the first couple months, but the incisions continue to improve up to a year. The facial incisions will never completely disappear, but should be less visible. Facial scarring may occur for many reasons. Speak to a face lift plastic surgeon for your facelift surgery. Best of luck.

Houtan Chaboki, MD
Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

2300 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037

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