Scarring is a concern regardless of the type of cosmetic surgery an individual is receiving. However, a procedure such as a facelift can be even more concerning to patients, as any scarring that may result will be much more readily visible than the scars that may appear with other types of procedures. There are many ways to reduce the appearance of scars after a facelift, just follow these tips below:
Be Proactive With Scar Healing
The first thing that every individual must do is be proactive about their health, and especially the health of their skin, prior to their surgery. It is recommended that for the best health possible, every individual quit smoking at least 6 weeks prior to and after surgery. For more information as to how smoking affects scars, be sure to read the highlighted post.
Maintaining a healthy diet with vitamin-rich foods is always a good idea, but can be especially important around the time of your surgery. After all, the healthier you are overall, the quicker you will generally heal. And the quicker you heal, the less chance there is for very noticeable scarring at the site of the incision for your facelift.
Caring for Sutures Immediately Post-Surgery
You will be given information from your cosmetic surgeon for the care of your incision sites immediately following the facelift procedure. It is important to follow your surgeon’s directions exactly – this will be your first step in ensuring that your wounds heal as they should. With a facelift it will be easy to avoid damage to the incision site during the day. However, you will need to pay attention to the way that you are sleeping in order to avoid irritating the site of the incision during the night.
Further Steps to Minimize Face Lift Scars
Be aware that for several weeks after surgery, even after the initial sutures are removed, the scars left behind will be noticeably red. This is normal, so don’t be alarmed – much of this will fade over time. (Read: Are red scars permanent scars?) However, there are things that you can do to ensure that they heal better and faster.
With bodily scars, it is easier to cover them with clothing to avoid harmful sunlight. With facelift scars, you will need to be sure that you are using a sunblock that can block both UVA and UVB rays. You may also consider wearing a hat or scarf to block direct sunlight to the scars.
As you progress through the healing process, you can also consider the use of scar treatment products containing ingredients such as dimethicone silicone, which has significant moisturizing properties, and vitamin C, which have proven efficacy in the fading and softening of scars. Though you can never make scars disappear completely, taking the proper steps can minimize them by a great amount.
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