Most facelift scars, located in front of the ears, are hardly noticeable or not visible at all. The location of the facial incisions ensures such scars are only visible during the first weeks after surgery. The incisions are commonly lined up within the natural curves of the ear.
As with all new scars redness may occur. This is a normal, temporarily, sign of scar healing and can be covered up with makeup. In case the scar turns raised, elevated, bumpy, or otherwise problematic a silicone gel cream may offer the best solution. Such creams dry without residue to a flexible film and are clinically proven effective.
Facelift procedures performed by a qualified, reputable, board certified (facial) plastic surgeon should generally not lead to scar complications. Another reason why there’s no real treatment required for facelift scars is because of the fact that the blood supply in the face is very well developed.
Those who are prone to keloid scars, or otherwise problematic scars, could best use a silicone creame to avoid excessive scar tissue (keloidal scars tend to occur especially on the face). In these cases it could be wise to closely monitor the development of the scar. When the tissue is slowly getting thicker, wider, or darker it may become a hypertrophic or keloid scar.
Caring for the surgical wounds and fresh scar tissue is essential. During the wound healing phase an antibiotic ointment may be recommended. Care should also be taken during scar the scar healing phase (scars take approximately 6-18 months to fully mature). The most essential measure is to prevent exposure from the sun or other UV radiation (e.g. from solar beds) since this will very likely make the appearance of the scar more prominent.
Other means of facelift aftercare are facial bands, neck wraps, and specialized post facelift compression garments. See the carousel below for more facelift aftercare products (by clicking the facelift tab).