WHERE ARE FACELIFT SCARS USUALLY LOCATED?
Facelift procedures can be performed with strategically placed incisions that are carefully hidden or virtually invisible. This approach ensures that any resulting scars are discreet and well-concealed. The comprehensive nature of a facelift allows for simultaneous rejuvenation of the mid and lower face, making it one of the most effective procedures for facial revitalization.
While scars are an inevitable part of surgery, using the right methods ensures that they are easily concealed. Dr. Victoria Givens and the team at Givens Facial Plastic Surgery have years of experience in achieving incredible results with minimal scarring.
Where Do the Scars Develop?
To ensure minimal visibility of scars from a facelift, incisions are often made around the temporal hair tuft. This approach allows the surgeon to avoid pulling back the hair tuft, which is a common sign of a facelift. By placing the incision correctly, hair can grow through the scar, effectively concealing it.
In the area in front of the ear, the surgeon places the incision behind the tragus for women and in front of the tragus for men. The tragus is the small protrusion over the ear opening. Placing the incision in front of the tragus in men is essential because they often have hair in that area, such as sideburns or a beard. This avoids pulling the hair into the ear or requiring them to shave the inside of their ear canal. In women, it is typically placed behind the tragus creating a seamless transition for hiding a scar.
Moving along, the surgeon navigates around the earlobe without altering its position relative to the head. Some patients have detached earlobes, while others have attached earlobes. In either case, it's important to preserve their natural state. Additionally, a conscious effort is made not to alter the posterior hairline by pulling it back. When all of these considerations are taken into account, the scars from a facelift are significantly camouflaged. Patients can put their hair up in a ponytail or keep it short without having to worry about their scars being apparent.
How Long Does it Take for Facelift Scars to Fade?
Although facelift scars typically heal well, they may not appear perfect immediately after the procedure. Scars located in front of the ear tend to look good early on, while those behind the ear may take a bit longer to improve. Patients with long hair are advised to wear hairstyles that provide some coverage to the ears for the first month of the recovery process. After this period, the scars will have significantly improved and be difficult to notice.
The team at Givens Facial Plastic Surgery will help guide you through the recovery process, ensuring that you look and feel your best.
What is the Takeaway?
When a facelift is performed with precision and attention to detail, the goal is to make the signs of the procedure virtually invisible once the scar has fully healed. Practitioners who are well-versed in facelift procedures employ the best techniques possible to ensure that patients walk away with satisfactory results and minimal scarring.
Dr. Victoria Givens has carried out countless facelift procedures, allowing her patients to feel youthful and more confident in themselves. Reach out to us today to schedule a confidential consultation and learn more about our facelift procedures.