Facelift Scars: Is There Reason to Be Concerned?
Whenever the skin is cut, a scar forms. Patients planning to undergo a facelift are often concerned as to whether the scars will be noticeable. Fortunately, with careful, thoughtful incisions concealed in discreet areas, as well as proper post-surgical skin care by the patient, facelift scars will be difficult to spot.
Anya Kishinevsky, M.D. is a board-certified surgeon with a commitment to providing personalized services for patients in Norwalk, CT. Part of what makes her services personal is her desire to know her patients and understand their goals as well as their fears about a scheduled procedure.
The Importance of an Initial Consultation
Personalized facelift services in Norwalk, CT, begin with an initial consultation. If you're concerned about the potential of scarring after your facelift procedure, this is the ideal time to discuss the issue with Dr. Kishinevsky. She will take a look at your medical history, including a family history to learn whether you or your family members are genetically predisposed to keloid scarring.
Identifying a Propensity for Scarring
Keloid scars are hyperproliferative growths or large raised scars that cover the area of the initial wound as well as healthy surrounding skin tissue. This type of scarring is not only the result of environmental factors such as sun exposure but also tends to run in families and be more common in individuals with darker skin tones.
If the patient has an increased risk of keloid scarring from the procedure, Dr. Kishinevsky can discuss alternative treatment options. She can also provide information to the patient on how to care for their skin after the procedure to reduce the risk of facelift scars.
How Scars Are Hidden During Facelift Surgery
To ensure that scarring from the procedure is minimal, Dr. Kishinevsky carefully plans where the incisions are made, generally placing them behind the ear, under the sideburns, or at the hairline. This conceals the scars in most locations. Stitches are strategically placed to provide maximum support for the area during recovery.
Tips to Minimize Scarring from a Facelift Procedure
While Dr. Kishinevsky works to conceal the scars of the procedure, there are many things that the patient can also do to reduce the risk of significant or noticeable facelift scars. Some tips for preventing scarring after your procedure include:
- Wear sunscreen and avoid excessive sun exposure
- Eat a healthy, nutritious diet and stay hydrated
- Follow your recovery guidelines carefully, avoiding strenuous activities until your skin has had ample time to heal
- Use a quality facial moisturizer or ask Dr. Kishinevsky to recommend a topical scar-minimizing treatment
- Avoid tobacco use and vaping for at least six weeks before and after the procedure, as nicotine can constrict the blood vessels and interfere with the skin's ability to heal
In addition to these tips, Dr. Kishinevsky's patients in Norwalk, CT, have the peace of mind that they are receiving their procedure from a board-certified surgeon who understands the techniques for minimizing scarring from the procedure.
Trust Dr. Kishinevsky for Your Facelift Procedure
Fluent in Russian, French, Hebrew, and conversational Spanish, Dr. Kishinevsky strives to make all her patients feel confident and comfortable. She understands that fear is a common emotion when considering a surgical procedure and is ready to talk with you about your concerns and ease the worries you have. To learn more about facelift services in Norwalk, CT, contact Dr. Kishinevsky's office online or by calling (203) 388-9919.