Facelifts are one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures and it’s not hard to see why. They can refresh your appearance, restore your confidence, and give you that extra boost that helps you age with grace.
Many patients find that even with a dedicated skincare regimen, healthy lifestyle, and facial treatments such as Botox and other dermal fillers, they still have some signs of aging that impact their satisfaction with their appearance. Some of these issues are:
- Sagging jowls
- Deep lines
- Mid-facial descent
- Facial folds
- Drooping eyebrows
A facelift performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon can improve these signs of aging.
How facelifts work
A facelift is a facial surgery procedure that involves making strategic incisions along the contours of the face to get access to the structures underneath the skin layer. Those muscles and tissues, along with the skin, can then be tightened and adjusted to create a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
The necessary incisions are usually made along the hairline and just in front of the ears, since these areas can be easily camouflaged for a subtle and discreet result. However, even with this careful placement of incisions, it’s common for patients to express concern about the visibility of scarring.
Healing from a facelift
Fortunately, facelift scars will fade over time until they are almost invisible. The skill of the surgeon will have an impact on how well the patient recovers from the procedure and on how well the scars heal. This is why it’s essential to choose a surgeon who specializes in facelifts.
There are also several steps the patient can take to promote optimal healing and an excellent outcome for their facelift. These include taking the time to recover properly, living a healthy lifestyle, and following all of their doctor’s post-surgical instructions.
In general, it takes about six months to heal from a facelift procedure. Any visible scars will usually progress from a pinkish appearance to a white color that’s nearly impossible to notice. Sometimes this can take up to one to two years. In most cases, the scarring won’t change much in appearance after two years.
The bottom line on facelift scars
The best way to ensure an excellent outcome is to select a plastic surgeon who is knowledgeable, highly skilled, and experienced at performing facelift procedures. Dr. Julie Edween specializes in facelifts and has been serving the Beverly Hills community for many years. To find out more about how Dr. Edween can help you improve your appearance, book your consultation today.