How to Reduce Scarring After a Facelift

Nonsurgical treatments are convenient and can improve your appearance, but the results from injectables and light therapies can’t compare to the more dramatic, comprehensive, and long-lasting results you can attain with facial plastic surgery. In the Philadelphia area, Dr. Timothy M. Greco explains that a facelift is the best way to significantly improve severely sagging jowls and skin in the neck area, as well as elevate the cheeks to improve facial contours.

Even with the benefits of surgery in mind, patients who visit our practice are sometimes worried about having visible scars after a facelift. However, this doesn’t need to be the case. During your consultation, Dr. Greco will explain what to expect with your procedure, including a basic outline of what to expect with scarring.

Right after having facelift surgery, some of the most common but temporary side effects patients can experience are swelling, bruising, numbness, and mild pain. Scarring is also one of the risks associated with this surgery, as well as most other plastic surgery procedures.

To minimize the visibility of scars, Dr. Greco makes incisions in places that are easily concealed, such as the hairline and in front of or behind the ear, so they can be hidden by the natural contours of the face and hair. Dr. Greco also painstakingly re-approximates the incisions so the scars heal as meticulously as possible.

Yes, these scars will be with you for life, but they typically fade in a few months to become barely visible white lines. Scars can be minimized with injections of corticosteroid solution. Subsequent skin treatments, such as pulsed-dye lasers, can also improve a scar’s appearance.

The way you heal and the type of scarring you will ultimately see on your face is influenced by your age, skin elasticity, genetics, race, and ethnicity, as well as the size and tension of the scar.

There are many steps you can take to keep scars from becoming more pronounced. Mainly, you should:

  • avoid smoking several weeks before and after surgery
  • lower your consumption of alcohol and caffeine after surgery
  • get lots of rest during your recovery phase
  • drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • increase your protein intake
  • follow the instructions from Dr. Greco and his team for proper wound care
  • wear sunscreen and avoid exposing the skin on your incisions to sunlight
  • refrain from placing excessive tension on or around incisions

Want more advice on facial plastic surgery in the Philadelphia area? Call Dr. Timothy Greco’s plastic surgery office at (610) 664-8830 or send a message to request a free consultation if you’re planning to have a facelift or another procedure.