Minimizing Scarring While Maximizing Results After A Deep Plane Facelift


Minimizing Scarring While Maximizing Results After A Deep Plane Facelift

Deep Dive On Deep Planes

Ready to improve appearance with the next generation of facial rejuvenation? A deep plane facelift is a surgical technique that targets sagging skin, wrinkles, and jowls on the lower part of the face. The procedure involves creating incisions around the ears and separating the skin from the underlying tissue to achieve a youthful appearance. The surgeon lifts and repositions the deeper facial structures, such as muscles and fat, to create a more youthful appearance. Cosmetic procedures, like deep plane facelifts, are growing in popularity, yet many patients are still concerned about scarring.

Is there a potential for scarring?

After a deep plane facelift, scarring cannot be avoided entirely, but proper wound care and scar treatments can help minimize the appearance of scars. The amount and visibility of the scars may depend on several factors, including the surgeon’s skill, the patient’s skin type, and the healing process. Scars typically appear as red, raised, and tight areas around the incision sites. Scars can take several months to heal after a deep plane facelift and may continue to fade. Over time, the scars can fade and flatten but may not disappear completely.

Incision site care

Proper wound care is crucial to minimize risks like scarring after a deep plane facelift. Patients should follow the surgeon’s instructions for cleaning and dressing the incision sites. Avoid scratching or picking at the scars, which could delay healing and cause further scarring. Keeping the incision sites clean and moist can also promote faster healing and reduce the risk of infection.

Stay inside

Sun exposure and smoking can both increase the risk of scarring after a deep plane facelift. Patients should avoid direct sunlight and wear protective clothing and sunscreen when outdoors. Smoking can reduce blood flow to the skin and slow the healing process. Patients should quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure and avoid smoking for several weeks after the surgery.

Creams and sheets

A great way to minimize scarring after a deep plane facelift is to use scar creams or ointments that contain silicone or vitamin E. These products can help hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of scars. Another way to minimize scarring is to use silicone sheets or tapes over the incision sites. These products can help reduce tension on the skin and promote faster healing. Sheets should be worn for at least 12 hours a day for several months after the surgery for the best results.

Non-surgical scar treatments

Additional treatments, such as laser therapy or microneedling, can also effectively reduce the appearance of scars after a deep plane facelift. These non-surgical scar treatments stimulate collagen production and break up scar tissue. Several sessions may be necessary to achieve the best possible results.

Surgical scar treatments

For more severe scarring, surgical scar treatments may be necessary. These treatments include scar revision surgery or dermabrasion. Scar revision surgery is a procedure that aims to reduce the appearance of scars by removing scar tissue and repositioning the skin. Dermabrasion involves using a specialized tool to remove the outer layer of skin, which can reduce the appearance of scars.

Enjoy your results

Scarring is a potential risk of a deep plane facelift, affecting the healing process and the final results. Patients can minimize scarring after a facelift by preparing for the surgery, following proper wound care, avoiding sun exposure and smoking, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Creams, non-surgical, and surgical scar treatments can also effectively reduce the appearance of scars.

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