After all the time and money invested in your facelift surgery, the last thing you want are lasting scars that let everyone know you’ve had surgery. The sad truth is that all surgeries, whether medical or cosmetic in nature, require incisions to perform them. When left to heal on their own, many of these incisions can become scars later on. Although your facelift incisions will be made in well-hidden places, you want to make sure they don’t stick around for too long after you’ve healed and recovered. Use these strategies to be sure you’re as free of scars as possible after your facelift surgery.
Stay Healthy to Heal Better
When it comes to how the body heals, your own physical health is a big factor. Following any surgical procedure, especially a facial surgery, your health and well-being can do much to ensure you heal faster and better. Before, during, and after your surgery and recovery, make sure that you choose to eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and the nutrients your body needs. Drink enough water to stay hydrated, which will also naturally boost your skin’s production of collagen and elastin, essential elements of healthy skin. Exercise regularly as well to help you skin stay flexible and resilient so healing after surgery is a breeze.
Know Your Family’s Genetic Traits
Some facelift patients inherit a genetic tendency to overproduce scar tissue. If a member of your family, such as a parent or grandparent, has had issues with excessive scarring in the past, enter into any procedure with this in mind. Your family history can alert you to a potential problem later on, meaning that you can take steps ahead of time to minimize any scar-forming risk factors in advance. Take a look at your own medical history as well to consider how your body handles scar tissue. Let your facial plastic surgeon know about any of these potential problems, as he or she may alter the approach to your surgery to reduce your scarring risks.
Pay Attention to Your Pigment
Maybe when you think of scarring, you don’t think about discoloration as the main issue. Even if you can reduce bumps and raised scars, you may be unhappy to see that your scar tissue is a different color than the surrounding skin. Pay attention to the pigmentation of your scars as they heal, as this lighter patch of skin may be more noticeable than you’d like. Discuss pigmentation treatments with your surgeon if this is a concern of yours. Certain skincare treatments can help to even skin pigment after a procedure like a facelift, so make an action plan with your surgeon to be sure you wait long enough between your surgery and any follow-up treatments. Through these treatments, you can smooth any raised parts of the scar, remove darkened edges, and blend the pigment with that of the surrounding skin for a near-invisible final result.
Learn How Microdermabrasion Can Help
Speaking of skin treatments that work against scarring, microdermabrasion is a great way to reduce the appearance of your scars once they have already formed. You’ll want to wait long enough following your facelift for the area to be completely healed and the skin fully repaired. During your microdermabrasion, a licensed aesthetician will use a unique micro-sandblasting technique to remove the top layers of dead skin cells from your skin, leaving a fresh and healthy layer behind. This approach can improve the tone and texture of your skin, including surgical scars. Consult with your facial plastic surgeon to make sure you wait long enough between your facelift and microdermabrasion appointments. Having a treatment like this performed too early can damage your skin and make for one painful trip to the skincare clinic.
Consider Massage Therapy for Scars
In recent years, massage has earned a lot of credibility as a source of healing through relaxation, improved circulation, and therapy. While most patients are aware of back massages for relaxation, however, they may not have considered a facial massage for healing. Studies have shown that this method can really help the body to heal better and with less scar tissue formation. Facial massages are designed to increase blood flow through the body and to the areas that need it, promoting new collagen growth and healthy scar tissue. While you must wait until you have completed your post-operative recovery period, you can greatly benefit from a facial massage to reduce scarring from your procedure when all is said and done.
Include Vitamin E in Your Healing
More than any other vitamin, the healing properties of vitamin E are well-known in the world of skincare. Using topical or oral vitamin E supplements can help the body to heal itself inside and out, especially if there is scar tissue involved. Consider applying a topical vitamin E cream or oil to the areas of your incisions, but only with the guidance of your facial plastic surgeon in order to avoid infections or other complications. Until you’re able to use this direct approach, add a vitamin E supplement to your daily routine for an extra healing boost.
Choose Your Surgeon Wisely to Reduce Scars
The success of your entire procedure, from beginning to scar-free ending, rests on the shoulders of your well-chosen facial plastic surgeon. Get the results you want from your facelift with the minimal scarring you need just by selecting a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with a track record of proven results.
Begin the planning stages of your facelift today by booking a consultation with Dr. Andrew Frankel, board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT). His focus is on facial rejuvenation, especially through procedures such as the facelift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery, as well as rhinoplasty. Since 1994, Dr. Frankel has been practicing at the Lasky Clinic and earned recognition as an expert in his field. He has many publications on a variety of topics including midface lifts, Botox, rhinoplasty, and more. To consult with Dr. Frankel, contact the Lasky Clinic located at 201 South Lasky Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Call (310) 552-2173 to schedule your appointment today.