Will My Facelift Scars Be Obvious?
By Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists, on February 17, 2018
Scarring is an inevitable reality when it comes to cosmetic surgery procedures. Whenever an incision is made, the body responds by sealing itself and a scar will form. One of the most common questions we at Atlanta Plastic and Reconstructive Specialists hear from our patients is, “Will my scars be obvious?” This is an understandable concern, especially among Atlanta facelift patients. Considering the fact that the face is almost always on display, no patient wishes for their scars to be noticeable.
The good news is that your facelift scars will fade away over time. Here, we explain some of the factors that will ensure your scars will fade away properly.
The Surgeon and Technique
Facelift does leave some degree of scarring, but it usually is concealed by the hairline. Traditional facelift involves making incisions within the hairline, above and behind the ear. Although your scars will be hidden, it is important to work with an experienced and skilled surgeon who is knowledgeable in the latest incision techniques to minimize scarring and promote proper healing.
It is also important to know that every facelift patient is different and so is each procedure. Depending on the details of the procedure, the location of the scars can vary. For instance, if you are undergoing a facelift and neck lift combination procedure, your surgeon may make an additional incision underneath the chin. Additional incisions will be made if you undergo cheek lift or eyelid surgery. Before pursuing surgery, ask your surgeon about the location of your scars and what steps he or she takes to minimize their appearance.
One of the most common reasons why scars do not heal properly is because the patient rushed their recovery or did not listen to their doctor’s orders. Resuming physical activities like exercise too soon can strain the healing tissues and lead to unsightly scarring. Even stepping out in public too soon can affect the appearance of your scars in the long run. Unprotected sun exposure causes scars to darken and thicken. It is imperative that you listen to your doctor’s orders and take as much time off as directed to recover.
Contact Us Today
Would you like to learn more about facelift? One of our board certified plastic surgeons would gladly meet with you and answer all of your questions. To schedule a consultation, please call our Northside office at (404) 255-2975 or our Piedmont office at (404) 343-0897.