One of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures available is the facelift. This advanced procedure can address signs of aging, such as excess skin, sagging jowls, wrinkles, deep creases, and more.
Because a facelift is a surgical procedure, it requires incisions. However, Dr. Ken Smart, serving Frisco, TX, Plano, TX, and surrounding areas in North Texas, places incisions strategically to minimize the appearance of facelift scars. In this blog post, we discuss where incisions are typically placed and offer some recommended guidelines patients can follow at home for successful results.
Where Are Facelift Incisions Placed?
Careful incision placement is essential for successful facelift results. Throughout the years, surgeons have improved these techniques to reduce or eliminate the signs of scarring.
There are several locations that may require incisions during a facelift. The most common areas include:
- Directly in front of the ear
- Above the hairline
- Behind the ear
- Under the chin
Advanced Techniques for Minimal Scarring
Dr. Smart is a board-certified plastic surgeon who uses only the latest and most advanced techniques when creating incisions. First, every incision is carefully hidden within the hairline or in the natural folds and creases of the skin. He also tightens the underlying facial muscles prior to closing the incisions so there is less tension placed on them. Finally, he uses super thin micro-sutures to reduce the appearance of scarring. In most cases, he removes the sutures within a few days of the facelift procedure.
Recommendations for Successful Results
Successful results are also dependent on patient compliance. There are several things that patients can do to encourage proper healing and promote successful recovery:
- Be well-informed. Before undergoing a facelift, talk to our team about the details of the procedure. Knowing what to anticipate before, during, and after your surgery can help you enjoy a successful recovery.
- Stop smoking. If you smoke, you must stop at least two weeks prior to the procedure. Tobacco products hinder the body’s natural healing process and could lead to serious complications. If you are looking for an excuse to kick the habit, this is it.
- Keep your health in check. Certain medical conditions can impede healing, such as uncontrolled diabetes. Be sure you are in good overall health before undergoing a facelift.
- Avoid scratching your incisions. As your incisions begin to heal, you may experience some itchiness. While it may be tempting to scratch these areas, resist the urge. Picking or scratching at your surgical wounds can lead to infection or scarring.
- Keep your incision sites clean. It is important to follow the recommended post-operative guidelines provided by Dr. Smart. Gently clean your incisions to prevent infections and other complications.
- Wear sunscreen every day. UV rays can cause your scars to become more defined. While you should never put sunscreen on an unhealed incision, it is important to wear sunscreen every day once you have fully healed. We recommend using a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF.
Schedule a Facelift Consultation Today
If you are interested in rejuvenating your appearance, a facelift could offer the results you desire. To learn more about this procedure, or any of the other treatments offered at our practice, contact us online anytime or call our office at (972) 334-0400.