How Long Do Facelift Scars Take to Fade?

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A facelift is one of the most requested procedures for treating loose skin and other common signs of aging. Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Saba Motakef and the team at Motakef Plastic Surgery + Med Spa take great pride in helping patients look and feel like the best version of themselves. However, many people do not seek treatment because they are worried about facelift scars.

Even though some scarring is expected during facelift recovery, our knowledgeable staff takes every precaution to make your outcome as natural-looking as possible. Patients can also take steps to minimize the appearance of their scars. If you are considering a facelift or other kinds of cosmetic surgery, call our office in Anaheim Hills, CA. We can schedule your comprehensive facelift consultation.

How does an Orange County facelift work?

There are several different surgical methods that will be discussed based on the condition of your skin and aesthetic goals. Generally, all of our techniques involve making precise incisions just beneath the skin. Facelift incisions are placed along the hairline, where the resulting scars could be easily concealed. Our clinic then tightens the underlying tissue and muscles to produce a more lifted facial contour. Excess skin is trimmed away before the remaining skin is draped over the face. The incisions are closed before the patient is brought to a comfortable recovery area.

About your facelift recovery process

When you first remove your facelift bandages, do not be surprised if your incisions look thick and dark. A raised appearance is normal for the first several days and should flatten out over time. In general, it takes about six months for facelift incisions to heal and fade from red and pink to a lighter hue. The final look varies based on whether you have lighter or darker-toned skin. If you have undergone facelift recovery and are unhappy with the scars, do not hesitate to ask our specialists in Anaheim Hills, CA, about options for improving their appearance.

Tips to reduce facelift scar visibility

There are many factors that have an impact on the appearance of your facelift scar. Dr. Motakef will give you detailed guidelines about incision care so the scar will become less noticeable. If you are concerned about scarring, we can show you before and after photos of previous patients, so you know what to expect. The visibility of your facelift scars depends on how well you take care of your skin post-surgery. Do your best to protect the scars from sun exposure and use over-the-counter lotions to keep the area moisturized.

If you want your scars to fully disappear, these tips will help minimize scarring after your Orange County facelift:

  • Do not smoke. Harmful chemicals, such as the tobacco and nicotine, found in cigarettes are known to slow the healing process.

  • Take it easy. Set aside several weeks to heal after facelift surgery. Heavy lifting or exercise can reopen the facelift incisions and complicate healing.

  • Follow all recovery instructions as given. Please contact our office if you notice signs of infection that could make scarring worse.

Schedule a facelift consultation

Facelift procedures have long been the choice of patients interested in rejuvenating their appearance. With modern advancements in cosmetic techniques and the skills of an expert surgeon, recovering from an Orange County facelift is faster and more comfortable than ever before. Dr. Saba Motakef is an expert when it comes to creating small incisions in natural folds to reduce their appearance. Learn about our process in Anaheim Hills, CA, by contacting Motakef Plastic Surgery + Med Spa for an appointment.

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