Are there any products available to reduce Facelift scars and speed up healing?
Recommended Over-the-counter Scar Treatment After Facelift?
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Most Facelift Scarring Heals Without Intervention
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.
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.
1) Scar massage - starting as soon as the surgical dressings come off and the incisions are sealed
2) Silicone sheets or scar gels for about six months to year
3) Fractionated lasers to help blend the scar into the background - done as a series, starting about 4 weeks after surgery and repeated every four weeks for six months.
4) Sunscreen to prevent the scars from darkening
Your incisions should be very subtle based on the placement of the incisions, but may need a full 6 months to 1 year or more to fade.
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Recommended over-the-counter scar treatment after facelift?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The gels are effective, but consider what your surgeon recommends
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.
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