For Men - How to Cover Facelift Scars

I'm Planning to Do a Full Facelift. A Woman Can Cover It by Letting Her Long Hair Cover Her Ears. But, What Does a Man Do?

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Hiding facelift incisions

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The main areas where you'd want to hide the scars would be in front of the ear and behind the ear. Depending on where the pre-auricular incision is placed your side burns can be grown out a little bit to hide this pretty well. The incision behind the ear can also be hidden somewhat with the hair even in men. Tinted makeup can also be used to conceal the redness of the incisions as they heal (wait until your surgeons says it's okay to use makeup).

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Male Facelift Incisions

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Hi stevegmv -

Generally speaking, the male facelift incision placed in a natural crease between the side burn hair and tragus heals well. The incision line can be camouflaged with a make-up cover stick the first few weeks after surgery to conceal redness. Grow your side burns a little longer prior to surgery as this will also help.


Tom Kaniff

Thomas E. Kaniff, MD, FACS
Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Male Facelift and Scars

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This is a good question.  The incisions for a male facelift are completely different than in a woman's facelift.  This is due to the different anatomy of the two.  The male face is lager usually.  It is also larger, and there are less places to hide the incisions.  It is extremely important to achieve a string sharp law line and clean neck.  Due to the shift in the skin behind the ears, planning this aspect of the incision is extremely important.  This aspect of the surgery is most important to get that strong jawline afterwards.  There are also some surgical maneuvers in the neck that achieve a tight neck.  Men usually have fuller necks and more excess skin and this is the challenge.  Surgeons must know how to plan on removing this and achieving a great tight neck and jawline.  As for as the incisions by the ear, these must be place within the ear and also within the hairline.  The excess skin must also be removed and the placement of these incisions are extremely important. A natural look is easily possible and I enjoy operating on men.  Good luck with your search.

Walton Montegut, MD
Newport Beach Physician
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For men - how to cover facelift scars?

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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.  For men, meticulous placement of incisions along with no tension on the incision would allow the best healing for men. 

Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift scars in men

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In men it is harder to hide the scars. For example going behind the tragus is frequently not an option due to beard growing on the ear.  Nonetheless, very fine scars eventually result and can look very natural.  I would extend the scar into the scalp or across a well defined sideburn.  You can remove individual hair follicles if a retrotragal incision is decided.  Using a short scar technique can avoid extending beyond the posterior ear.  There are many techniques and a discussion with your plastic surgeon should result in the best strategy for your case.

Male face lift incisions

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Male face lift incisions, if properly planned, can heal extremely well and rather quickly,  See the link below for an example

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Male Facelifts

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In male facelifts, their incisions should be similar to that of females in that you want to hide the scars and make them imperceptible in weeks and not months or years. The key to that is to hide them in the natural skin creases. The only downside is that it sometimes does pull the sideburn back and they need to have laser hair removal in these areas, but this is far better than having any perceptible scar.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon


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A man has to heal well, be disciplined, use sunscreen, and silicone tape if available. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Hiding Male Facelift Scars

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The vast majority of facelift scars heal without being noticeable, on both men or women.  These areas can be additionally covered in men by growing sideburns, longer hair or using makeup cover.  Even though most incisions heal well, some patients may not take care of incisions well, get a sunburn on their incisions, smoke, or have other issues.

Scar revision can be performed for an unfavorable incision, and we do quite a bit of this from patients that are not  originally from our practice.  Best of luck!

Richard Castellano, MD
Tampa Facial Plastic Surgeon

Facelift Scars in Men go around sideburn-well concealed avoid changing hairline

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Male Facelift scars can be well concealed. Typically the incision is placed around the side burn to avoid displacing the hairline. The scars are close to the hair and well concealed.

Behind the side burn I place the incision inside the ear canal which hides the most visible part of the Facelift scar,

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