Where Will The Scars Be For A Facelift, Blepharoplasty & Subnasal Lip Lift?

If you are having multiple procedures done, does the surgeon do the pre-surgical markings and show the patient where the scars will be placed?

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Facial scar planning

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Hi Cerro Gordo. Many surgeons share similar techniques for incision placement for the procedures you note. However, there is significant variability. A description here of standard scar placement will not serve you well and may misguide you. Your understanding and acceptance of where your scars will be placed is an important part of your decision to undergo any given procedure. A discussion about scar placement is an integral part of your consultation, and should be done in person with your surgeon. Asking your surgeon for the markings to be outlined on your face in consultation is a perfectly reasonable request if it facilitates your understanding or comfort. Good luck.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 137 reviews

Scarring after Multiple Procedures

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The scars from the best facelift work are along the edge of the ear, not in front or behind the tragus, in the crease behind the back of the ear and then straight across into the hair. Blepharoplasty scars are in the natural crease above the eye and just below the eyelashes on the lower lids. The incision for the subnasal lip lift is just below at the border of the nostrils. I always mark the patient awake and give them the opportunity to see where all the incisions will be post-op. 

Facelift, eyelid and lip lift incision lines

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There is a bit of variability in exactly where the scars are placed for these procedures. It is very important that you're clear on where the incisions will be placed prior to your surgery day as this is an important part of the informed consent process.

I usually outline the area where they'll be placed on a patient's face as they look in a mirror. Probably equally important is to see how that surgeons other surgery patients' scar heal. Looking at before and after photographs will help with this assessment.


Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Will surgeon show me where the scars will be ?

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Part of my consultation with patients is to make absolutely sure that they are aware of where incisions will be placed for various procedures.  It is crucial that you are informed where the scars will end up so there are no surprises after surgery.  You may decide that the surgery is not worth the trade-off for the scars.  Once you have a scar, you will always have it.  There are no scar erasers.  I do not necessarily draw on patients to show them where the scars will be, but I frequently use my finger or a pen to point or outline where they will be place.

Jeffrey E. Kyllo, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Where Will The Scars Be For A Facelift, Blepharoplasty & Subnasal Lip Lift?

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During your consultation, the scar placements should be discussed with you . Before and after photos that shows the scars will help you see exactly how well the scars have healed after 1 year or so.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon

Scar placement should be shown during face lift consultation

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  The placement of your scars should be part of what's discussed during your consultation for a Face Lift, Eyelid Surgery, Breast Implant or any other plastic and cosmetic surgery procedure.  During a consultation, I want my patients to be knowledgeable about all apsects of their plastic surgery procedure and be involved in the decision making process so that when it comes to the day of surgery, they can relax and let me do all the work. 

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Preoperative facelift incisions shown at the pre op visit.

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we show the preoperative facelift incisions at the pre op visit. The same incisions are again marked on the patient and shown to the patient the day of surgery. Make sure you see an experienced facelift, etc. surgeon who does natural work.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

The marking is done before surgery while patient is in upright position

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The marking for the face lift and eyelid surgery is done in up right position. The position and length of the scar is discussed before surgery,but may need modification during the surgery.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Scars for Facial Rejuvenation

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Scars for all these procedures vary from surgeon to surgeon. For instance, many Plastic Surgeons are now using a short scar facelift technique, like the MACS Lift. This procedure will have a shorter scar and the most anterior part will be significantly different from a SMAS type Facelift scar. Your surgeon should discuss the scars with you in the consultation process.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

This is a great question to ask your surgeon.

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Placing incisions to hide the scars is a major aspect of designing a facial plastic surgery.  Your surgeon should discuss this type of detail with you so you are not surprised after surgery.  A well prepared surgeon will have post surgical photos to show you of their patients and will be able to use these to illustrate how the incisions heal.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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