Scarring following facelift surgery varies from patient to patient and is dependent upon a multitudes of variables. These include the type of facelift performed, the wound healing characteristics of the patient and the technical skill of the surgeon.
The surgeon can influence several of these variables, but unfortunately, has no control over the patients’ wound healing biology. For these reasons, plastic surgeons make every effort to place scars where they’re well hidden when performing facelifts.
In the vast majority of patients, these wounds heal nicely and the scars are difficult to see.When wound healing is complicated the scars are often well hidden by incision placement. After surgery scars are often extremely red and raised.With the passage of time these scars usually flatten and lose their redness. This improvement becomes noticeable in about six to eight weeks but takes 12 to 18 months to reach completion.
Massage and topical agents can sometimes facilitate wound healing and are often recommended in the post-operative period. With these maneuvers, most patients are happy with their results, but occasionally a rare patient will require a scar revision.
Learn more about the facelift procedure by calling for a facelift consultation or calling our Salem, Oregon office at 844-338-5445.