When you are looking for treatments and surgeries that will be able to improve your general appearance and reduce signs of aging on your face, one of the primary treatments available to you is a facelift. There are a variety of different types of facelifts, each of which is designed to improve the contours and definition of your face. While a facelift is a minimally invasive form of plastic surgery, the incisions that are made will invariably leave small scars on your face until they fully heal. These scars can be problematic if you want the full results of your facelift to be immediately visible. However, there are a variety of solutions that can help with the camouflaging of facelift incisions.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift surgery is a procedure that aims to provide your face with a more youthful appearance. The lower half of your face can be substantially reshaped through the removal of excess skin. Any sagging or drooping skin can be treated by the use of specially designed skin tightening devices to provide you with a more natural appearance. Although most of the treatment is applied to the lower portion of the face as well as the jaw, it’s possible for adjustments to be made in the chin and neck as well. In many cases, a facelift will be combined with additional surgeries that focus on your brows, eyelids, forehead, or cheeks.
When you are scheduling a facelift procedure, the treatment can last anywhere from 2-5 hours. The duration of the surgery largely depends on the type of facelift you obtain. Full facelifts will take longer to complete than limited incision facelifts. You will either be provided with a general anesthesia or local anesthesia to keep you from feeling any pain. You should be able to return home on the same day of the surgery.
Possible Complications of a Facelift
Along with the potential for significant scarring, there are a variety of possible complications that you should be aware of. These surgical risks are rare but should be taken into account. Bleeding, swelling, and bruising are three side effects of the surgery that will inevitably occur. However, it’s possible for these three side effects to be more severe and last longer than they are supposed to, which is when you should contact your surgeon. Anesthesia complications could also occur but are rare.
There are some situations where the nerves in your face that control your facial muscles could be damaged. This complication is almost always temporary. The treatment site could become infected if not properly taken care of. You could also lose some hair around the site of the incisions. It’s also possible that you will be dissatisfied with the results of the surgery. In this case, you will likely want to consider a revision surgery to achieve the results you’re searching for. As long as you have realistic expectations for the surgery and choose a reputable surgeon to perform the procedure, you should be satisfied with the results.
Locations of Facelift Incisions
The location of the incisions for a facelift depend on the type of facelift you’re provided with. When obtaining a full facelift, the incisions will start around your hairline at the temples. This incision will extend to the lower portion of your ear before going back to the lower portion of the scalp. If your neck is also being touched up with this procedure, another incision may be made just under your chin. If you are receiving a limited incision facelift, the incisions will usually be placed around the lower portion of your ear.
The incisions with a neck lift are placed in a position that’s similar to the limited incision facelift. The reason for the placement of these incisions is because your hairline is meant to conceal the scars from the incision. The standard contours of your ear and face should also help to reduce the visibility of these scars. In some cases, the scars will remain visible and may distract from the improvements that have been made to your face, which is why you should consider camouflaging these scars.
How to Camouflage These Incisions
Although most of the incisions that occur with a facelift will be naturally camouflaged by your hairline or the contours of your face, the area just in front of your ear and behind your ear are usually the most visible aspects of the incisions. In the week or two following the surgery, these areas will be reddened, which makes them more visible. Consider using tinted makeup to conceal some of the redness that you will suffer from. Make sure that your surgeon gives you the go ahead before you place any makeup on the incision site.
Topical skin therapy and laser resurfacing treatments are also known to be effective at concealing facelift incisions. A laser resurfacing treatment is non surgical and can help to minimize the amount of scarring that you’re suffering from, which acts as a form of camouflaging. If the scar is proving to be particularly bothersome and noticeable, consider a scar revision surgery. This surgery can minimize a scar and help it blend in with your natural skin tone. You surgeon will be able to help you identify is this treatment is right for you.
Recovery Period for Facelift Incisions
If you care properly for the incision site, the scars should start to noticeably heal in a few short months. It may take up to a year for the scars to be practically invisible. The application of ointments throughout the recovery process should assist in reducing the appearance of the scars and allowing you to heal properly.
Dr. Andrew Jacono, MD, FACS is a plastic surgeon who focuses on providing patients with facial rejuvenation treatments that are minimally invasive. His primary goal when treating patients is to deliver natural results. Dr. Jacono has also obtained dual board certifications for his work in reconstructive and facial plastic surgery. You can learn more about the services that he offers here: www.newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com.