FACELIFT INCISION IRRITATION
The condition you're asking about isn't normal. You may have an underlying problem that may or may not be related to the facelift. E.g....sutures that failed to dissolve can be difficult to detect and can become irritated. Ingrown hairs from the incision can do the same thing. Other conditions such as psoriasis or eczema can cause the same thing. Better see your surgeon for a look.
Scars irritated 7.5 months after facelift
I generally recommend that you follow up with your surgeon.
Scar irritation after applying sun block on one side only may be another factor. Generally skin sensitivities are bilateral, and in the areas of application.
You may also consider a scar thickening, hypertrophic scar or local skin ifection.
Both of these conditions can be treated in the office, using a small steroid injection if a scar or antibiotic application, if an infection.
Again, follow up with your surgeon if it hasn't resolved.
At 7.5 months after surgery, your incisions should be completely healed. It is unlikely the sunscreen is getting into the incisions. That being said, it sounds like your skin overall may be sensitive to that particular sunscreen. I recommend you switch to a different brand. A dermatologist may have good suggestions regarding a hypoallergenic sunscreen.
Suggested Sunscreen Products Following Your Facelift
It is always recommended to wear #sunscreen. Especially, following your #facelift procedure to conserve the last lasting results.
Perhaps, you may need to try a new type or brand. We suggest Elta
MD, ZO skin care, or Skinmedica to mention a few.
The healing process in general can take up to one month for the majority of swelling to subside, incisions to close, sutures to come out, and for bruising to completely go away.
#Recovery time from a #facelift varies from person to person, but if you have any concern about the #healing process, it is best to call your board-certified surgeon or their medical staff and discuss those #concerns.
Irritation from sweat and sunscreen
At this point after surgery, an infection caused by sweat and /or sunscreen would be unlikely. the sunscreen could potentially irritate the sensitive skin and may be an allergy. I would try changing to a different sunscreen and see if that helps.
all the best
Sunscreen is your best friend
should stay out of the sun as much as possible, and always use a sunscreen (SPF
> 20). Scars exposed to the sun (especially if sunburn develops) not only
stay red longer but also may not fade as much as normally expected.
Sun protection is very important for the health of your skin
pre-facelift and it’s especially important post-facelift. Sun exposure while
the incision sites are still healing can cause them to darken or discolour, and
that discoloration can be permanent. The first few weeks after your surgery,
you need to avoid all sun exposure. Sunscreen or sunblock will protect your
skin from the sun’s rays.
Make every effort to wear it daily and to reapply it
often. If you’re outdoors, put it on every two hours. You might have to apply
sunscreen more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming. Wearing a hat with a
big brim and a pair of sunglasses will offer even more protection from the sun. Take care to continue applying the antibiotic
cream to calm down the sore/raised scars.
Scars may sensitive to chemicals, sunlight and friction during the first year while they are mAturing and remodeling. If it is showing signs of irritation, try a different sunscreen. If it is becoming raised or firm, check with your doctor. Sometimes an injection into the scar with kenalog will help reverse the inflammatory process.
At 7.5 months everything should be completely healed. Is it possible that you have a residual suture in place that is causing a relapsing infection? You should have this scar inspected by your surgeon.
At 7.5 months out from a facelift, your scars should be healed and sunscreen or sweating should be no problem.
Hello. Thank you for your question. At 7.months following a facelift, it is extremely unlikely that the sunscreen is getting into the scar and causing infection. However, you may be having a sensitivity reaction to some ingredient in the sunscreen. I would suggest trying a different sunscreen to see if you have the same reaction. You could also have a hypertrophic scar developing that may be inflamed and sensitive. This could require a simple steroid injection to settle it down. I would encourage you to see your surgeon and allow them to assess the problem and determine the best treatment, if any is needed.