A facelift is a surgical rejuvenating procedure that can tighten your facial skin and the underlying structures. The surgical incisions are on your face- but they can be hidden and improved to achieve the best result possible.
Regarding your operation, your plastic surgeon should be able to hide your incisions within the natural curves of your ear. The old school method of facelift surgery is to make an incision that does not follow your natural ear lines, but more recent techniques can hide your incisions better, so that even with a short hair cut or ponytail, your facelift incision should be difficult to see.
Right after your facelift, you should care for your incision. Typically, you will want to let them heal, and your plastic surgeon may recommend antibiotic ointment. During this immediate healing period, you may also be given antibiotics by mouth to prevent infection as well.
Exercise may slow down your healing, especially if you increase your heart rate or blood pressure significantly. Your incisions are technically a fresh wound, and any increase in blood flow or blood pressure may cause more bleeding at your facelift incision sites. If you’re on any blood thinning medicine such as aspirin or Coumadin, then you should coordinate with your family doctor and your plastic surgeon when to resume taking those medications after surgery.
After you incisions have healed with new skin, you should be prepared to care for your incisions for up to 12 months after your facelift. Scars take 6-12 months to fully mature, so during this wound healing phase, you will want to do simple steps such as protect your incisions from the sun, use special anti-scar creams or bandages to help your scars, and possible cortisone injections to make the scars less thick and red.
If you notice that you slowly develop thicker, wider, or darker scars, then you may be developing hypertrophic or keloid scars. The treatment for this is to use special anti-scar creams, bandages, or cortisone injections.
If your facelift surgery was greater than 6-12 months ago, then your only option may be surgical scar revision, where the edges of your scar are incised and the thick scar tissue underneath is removed. Non-surgical treatment may not work at this time, because the scar tissue underneath the skin has quit changing and may not respond to any normal non-surgical treatment.
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