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What Contributes to Your Facelift Scarring?

Posted January 04, 2021 in Facelift

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Facelift scarring is unavoidable and should be expected. However, there are several factors that contribute to facelift scarring. Knowing these factors will help you know what to expect after getting a facelift.

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What Factors Contribute to Facelift Scarring?

Although facelift scarring is an undesirable part of the process, it is something that cannot be avoided. You will have to deal with it to some degree, although external factors will determine how much facelift scarring you will see. 


The older you are, the more difficult it is for your skin to heal. The longer it takes your skin to heal means the scarring will be more pronounced. This can result in more scarring after a facelift.

Ethnicity and Skin Tone

The same facelift procedure can be vastly different from one person to another, especially those of different ethnicities and skin tones. Ethnic patients are more susceptible to scarring from a facelift than Caucasian patients.

Tension on Incisions During Surgery

The amount of tension placed on incisions during surgery will directly impact the amount of scarring after a facelift. If the correct amount of tension is placed, scarring will be almost unnoticeable. To achieve this, extreme tension should be avoided.

Surgical Techniques

The appearance of facelift scars will be impacted by the surgical techniques that are employed. Facelift scars can be concealed within the hairline. Proper incisions behind the ears can also camouflage scarring. 

To minimize scarring, a facelift cannot place excessive tension on the skin. A deep plane lift not only lifts the skin but the muscle underneath, eliminating the tension created by a traditional facelift. Precise suture placement is also critical.

How Long Will It Take For My Facelift Scars to Heal?

Facelift scars will be red and turn to pink. Eventually, they will turn to a skin-tone color. The scars will begin to fade by the 12-month mark. Further fading after two years is unlikely. 

Although you don’t want to see any scarring after a facelift, keep in mind there will be some scarring. The plastic surgeon you choose will play a crucial role in making sure such scarring is minimized, and any scarring that does take place is not visible because of well-placed incisions.

Interested in Learning More?

With over 120,000 people opting for a facelift per year, it is no doubt a popular procedure. It is important to research surgeons to find one with experience in the procedure so that you will have minimal scarring. 

If you are ready to take the next step in improving your appearance and looking more youthful, give us a call today at 225-412-4774 or fill out our online contact form.

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