My Facelift Scars Are Horrible, What Can I Do?

my facelift scars are horrible. 2-3mm white line all along forehead hairline its also dented in. same kind of scar in front of both ears, along the semicircle under my ear and down into neck area , also behind my ears. all are very visable. some are larger with deep recesses in them and all are white and can not be covered with any kind of makeup even Kryolan. what can i do? my hair cant cover any if these because of "cowlicks" etc. its been 8 years and im tired of trying to hide them or have

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My facelift scars are horrible - what can I do?

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Hello! Thank you for the question! While tattoo is an option, it typically is not necessary. 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!

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Facelift Scars

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Some Facelift scars can be improved with simple excision and some scars actually require a revision Facelift in order to correct the problem.  The reason for this is that most unsightly scars occur due to inappropriate skin tension at closure.  Simple excision can sometimes represent a repetition of the initial mistake.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

Scar revision is possible

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If you have bad scars, oftentime these scars can be excised. The hope is that the new scar will be better than the old scars. You should see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to see if this is possible.

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Hair Transplant Should be Your Answer

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When you have had bad scars around the face lifted areas not only do they look bad but you have have lost hair from the procedures.  That can also make you look less feminine in shape of the hairline.  I correct the scars or I should say improve them through covering them up but at the same time I recreate a more youthful feminine frame if that makes sense.


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Sam Lam, MD, FACS
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon

Scar revision?

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Sometimes a scar revision can help with unsightful scarring.  Perhaps trying in one small area to see how it heals may be helpful. Speak with your surgeon.

Steven Wallach, MD
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Scar revision of facelift scars and keloids from facelifts and necklifts

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I perform facelift scar revision and these scars do well with surgical scar revision and some hair grafts, if appropriate. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
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