Lower Face Lift Scars
The incision for the lower facelift usually begins in the temporal region and then passes in the natural fold of the skin in the anterior part of the ear or behind the cartilage in the anterior part of the ear and curves toward the lobe behind the ear ending in the hair.
During neck lift, you may need a small additional incision below the chin. Intradermal sutures are applied to the wound of open skin areas, which makes the scars invisible afterwards. Wound healing is a slow step by step process.
Stitches after lower facelift are usually hidden under the hair, or are in the natural folds of the skin of your face and ear.
In any case, they disappear with time and, in the final analysis, become almost invisible.
During the healing period, some disguise may be required, the use of cosmetics and the changing of the hairstyle will well cope with this task.
The incisions and scars
The lower facelift is performed through the incisions in the parotid region, in the scalp and under the chin. One of the important features of modern anti-aging surgeries is the ability to effectively hide scars.
Usually, postoperative scars are located inside the ear and are hidden behind its small protruding part (called a tragus).
The sutures located in the scalp allow for the preservation of the original hairline (no bias and trajectory change after surgery). As a rule, the sutures are invisible even the day after the operation, since they are in an invisible eye.
What influences the choice of the incision? (Short or full incision)
- The degree of expression and the amount of excess skin;
- Areas requiring correction during the operation;
- Anatomical features of face aging;
- The surgeon’s preferences.
In most patients, the seams after lower facelift become almost invisible approximately 6 months after the operation. However, if there are problems with healing (often in smokers), scars can be more noticeable and require correction.
Modern trends have penetrated deeply into the methods of solving problems of the facial plastic surgery. The price of this operation is no longer dependent on the patient’s basic contraindications. Today, it is possible to solve a number of accompanying problems somehow: correction of scars and changes in the basic parameters of appearance.
Also, modern requirements dictate the abandonment of techniques for planning the incisions that give rise to baldness, distortion of the lobe and the pre-cartilage “tragus”, as well as visible scarring around the auricle. Lower facelift today is almost not visible to others.
Scars after lower facelift
Scar formation is a natural consequence of surgical intervention. But if they are too obvious, the effect of the operation is unlikely to please the patient. That’s why the task of the plastic surgeon is not only to conduct the operation at a high level, but also to choose a place for the incision so that the remaining scar is as small as possible.
It is most difficult to hide the scars after lower facelift, since this part of the body can not be hidden under the clothes. However, concerns about scarring should not affect your decision to make a rejuvenating operation.
The most important thing is to find a professional plastic surgeon, whom you can entrust your face. Ask the doctor to show you the results of his work, while watching, pay attention to the quality of the scars in front of the ear, the shape of the earlobe (it should not be stretched).
Do not hesitate to ask the surgeon the question: “Where will the post-operative scars be located?”, Ask the doctor to draw a line of the future incision directly on your face.
There are a number of surgeons who perform incision before the line of hair growth on the temple and below the line of hair growth on the neck, as a rule, these scars are very noticeable after the operation and it is extremely difficult to hide from the eyes of the surrounding people.
Ask what seams to be sutured wounds: cosmetic intradermal, twining round, nodular or staples. Of course, the preferred is the cosmetic intradermal suture, since it does not leave any traces from the needle!
How the post-operative suture will look is affected by factors such as:
- localization of the incision,
- incision length,
- Volume of surgical intervention,
- Individual features of the patient’s skin,
- Compliance with the recommendations of the surgeon during the recovery period,
- Professionalism of the surgeon.
The combination of all these factors makes it possible to achieve almost unnoticeable scars. However, plastic surgery, requiring serious intervention (for example, full face lift), do not allow for a small incision. Blepharoplasty involves working with a very thin and delicate skin around the eyes, which immediately reveals a coarse scar.
This is why the correct location of the incision is the main way to prevent the appearance of obvious postoperative scars. For example, during full facelift, the incision is located in the temple in the scalp, in front of the auricle – in the natural groove – and behind it, as well as at the nape of the scalp, where the seam will be absolutely invisible.
You do not have to change your hair style, you can also collect hair in the “tail”, open the neck or wear a short haircut. During blepharoplasty, the incision is made as close as possible to the line of growth of the lower lashes, where the skin forms a small crease.
Minimal postoperative sutures remain after endoscopic operations – for example, forehead lifts. For the procedure, a few small punctures in the scalp are sufficient, which in time will cease to be noticeable at all.
In order to dispel your doubts, on the site you can get acquainted with photos of patients who have already undergone lower facelift surgery – before and after the operation.
Lower Face Lift Scars Photos
Below you can see the pictures after the lower facelift.