Is there any way that the surgeon can put the stitches from a Facelift inside the ear? You can always tell someone has had a lift from those tell-tale incision scars in front of the ear.
How Can Surgeons Hide the Stitches from a Facelift?
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Stitches in facelifts
Hiding stitches in a facelift
Only a potion of the incision can be placed inside the ear but there is a potion that will have to run around the ear lobe and behind the ear. Meticulous detail to closure is the key.
The key to facelift incisions is to have equivalent shaping to the incisions so there are no straight lines and it matches one of the natural skin creases around, inside the ear, and behind the ear. The goal is to blend the incision with the natural creases so they become almost inconspicuous over time.
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The planning for a facelift incision is a critical step in scar concealment. Some steps for scar concealment:
- location and placement of the incision
- keeping the hairline intact and avoiding hair loss
- keeping ear position and alignment
- avoiding excessively wide scars by avoiding tension on skin (lift should be on deeper tissues)
Hiding Facelift Incisions
Indeed face lift incisions can be placed inside the ear. The post tragal incision is commonly used. With this approach the Facelift incision begins in the temporal hairline and continues along the edge of the upper ear and behind the small cartilage projection, (tragus), which is in front of the ear canal. This incision then continues around the ear lobe and up behind the ear. This type of incision is used by many plastic surgeons and helps prevent the straight vertical scar in front of the ear. The post tragal incision can provide fine, inconspicuous scars if closed carefully.
This incision presents very few problems in women, however in men it can advance the hair follicles of the beard onto the tragus. Men need to understand this can occur. A man may then need a hair removal procedure to eliminate this undesirable side effect.
Discuss the pros and cons of each type of incision with your doctor before your procedure.
Facelift Scars - Concealing the incisions
Thank you for your question. In most healthy people without a history of healing irregularities, the surgical scars resulting from a well-performed facelift are rarely an issue. Incisions are designed to result in scars that are concealed within natural curvatures around the ear and hairline. When you state 'inside the ear', you may be referring to the 'retro-tragal' approach, which avoids the 'tell-tale' incisional scar in front of the ear (pre-auricular incision) for one that follows the inside curvature of the 'tragal' cartilage just in front of the ear canal. Many surgeons prefer this incision for the very reason of its resulting in a less conspicuous scar.
Full scar maturation takes many months. However, most patients consider those scars to be acceptable with makeup within 1-2 weeks, and acceptable without makeup in 1-2 months. Once mature, most scars are imperceptible in normal social interactions, although not entirely invisible upon closer scrutiny. The design and performance of the facelift incision are some of the factors that influences a natural result and the desirability of a facelift surgeon.
The Preferred Incision Site for Facelifts
Minimizing Face Lift Scars
Making facelift scars inconspicuous
The incision for a facelift is placed along the tragal edge of the ear, as it is very well camouflaged in this area. Other techniques performed during a facelift to minimize scaring, are to not place any tension along the incision lines so that the incisions do not fall apart and leave wide hypertrophic scars. Another technique is to remove the sutures quite early, day 4 or 5 after the surgery, to prevent railroad tracking along the incision lines.
With very rare exceptions, the scars are placed within the ear. I feel the only reason for placing the incision in front of the ear is that it is easier for the surgeon. In men , where the sideburn hair could be pulled into the ear, the underlying follicles can be destroyed at the time of surgery or later with the use of electrolysis or laser hair removal.
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