A facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens and lifts the skin on the face and neck. It is used to reshape facial features, reduce wrinkles and age lines, and improve the appearance of the neck. It can also tighten the skin on the lower eyelids and improve the appearance of crow’s feet.
One of the main concerns people have about facelifts is the scars. Facelift scars are usually small and well-hidden, but they can be noticeable. These scars usually fade over time, but they may never completely disappear. Scar revision surgery can be done to minimize the appearance of scars.
Benefits of Facelift
- Helps you look younger and more attractive.
The skin on the face is tightened, and the wrinkles and lines are reduced. The overall appearance of the face is improved.
- Enables you to look more alert and awake.
The surgery can give you a more youthful appearance, making you look more alert and awake.
- Reduces the appearance of sagging skin.
The surgery tightens the skin on the face and neck, which reduces the appearance of sagging skin.
- Improves the appearance of crow’s feet.
The surgery can tighten the skin on the lower eyelids, which reduces the appearance of crow’s feet.
Facelift Risks and Complications
Like any other type of surgery, facelifts come with risks and complications. Some of these risks and complications include:
- Nerve damage
- Skin discoloration
The risks and complications of facelift surgery can vary from person to person. It is important to discuss the risks and complications with our surgeon before surgery.
Treatment of Facelift Scars
Facial lift scar revision surgery is a procedure that can improve the appearance of scars. This surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure and requires local anesthesia. The surgeon will remove the scar tissue and then close the wound with stitches or a skin graft.
The results of facial lift scar revision surgery vary from person to person, but it can help to reduce the appearance of scars. The various methods used to correct facelift scars include the following:
This procedure involves removing the top layers of skin with a rotating brush covered in small diamond studs. This surgery aims to remove old scar tissue and surface irregularities. It helps smooth out scars that are raised or rough.
- Can be used on any scar.
- Smoothes out rough or raised scars.
- Can cause darkening of the skin, temporary redness and swelling.
- May need to be repeated for best results.
- Can be uncomfortable.
- Laser Resurfacing
The laser resurfacing procedure uses a laser to remove the top layers of skin. The laser is focused on the scar, which vaporizes the tissue and removes the damaged cells.
Two types of laser resurfacing are used to improve the appearance of scars: erbium and carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide lasers remove the damaged tissue while erbium laser resurfaces sun damage, wrinkles, and acne scars.
- The recovery time for laser resurfacing is faster (3 to 10 days).
- It’s not an excellent choice for those who still have acne breakouts.
- It is less effective for persons that have darker skin tones.
- It can lead to changes in skin pigmentation.
- Chemical Peels
A chemical peel uses a solution of chemicals to remove the top layers of skin. The acids in the peel break down the scar tissue, which allows new and healthy skin to grow. Chemical peels can be done with various acids, including glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, and tretinoin.
Chemical peels are of three types:
- Deep peel: Uses a phenol acid to remove the top layers of skin. It goes deeper into the skin than a standard peel.
- Medium peel: Uses glycolic acid to remove some damaged cells. The skin isn’t removed.
- Superficial peel: it is used for light peels and will not damage your skin.
- They’re easily accessible.
- Can be used to treat other skin problems like acne and age spots.
- Increases the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
- They may aggravate rosacea and psoriasis symptoms.
- It is not safe to use on pregnant or nursing women.
- Home Solutions
Several home solutions can be used to improve the appearance of scars. These include:
- Aloe Vera
- Coconut oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Lemon juice
Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer and healer. It can be applied to the skin after surgery to help reduce scarring. Coconut oil has antioxidant properties, which help reduce scarring and redness.
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent antiseptic agent with many healing properties. It can be used to reduce inflammation and fade scars.
Lemon juice has vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help reduce scarring and inflammation of the skin. It is acidic, which helps remove dead skin cells. It also helps regenerate new tissue growth underneath the damaged tissue.
- These are inexpensive options for treating scars at home.
- They have no side effects or risks associated with them once they’re applied correctly.
- Results vary from person to person, and not all solutions work for everyone.
- Scars may take a while to improve, so patience is key.
- It can be not easy to maintain consistency with home treatments.
Is a Facelift Worth It?
Facelifts can be expensive, and it is a very involved procedure. Not only do the results not last forever, but there are always risks associated with surgery like anesthesia and infection.
The critical question to consider before undergoing any cosmetic treatment is whether or not you would be happy if your appearance never changed again after that day? If you cannot answer that question with a confident “yes,” then a facelift may not be worth it for you. But if you are unhappy with the way your face has aged and you are willing to accept the risks and possible complications, a facelift may be the right choice for you.
The decision to have a facelift is a personal one. Some people are willing to accept the scars to achieve the desired results, while others are not. The best way to decide if a facelift is right for you is to consult our qualified facial plastic surgeon. The surgeon assesses your needs and helps you decide if the benefits of a facelift are worth the scars.