A facelift is a major surgery with major incisions, so it’s understandable if you’re concerned about what kind of side effects a facelift can cause. It’s like this old saying: “You’re painting a masterpiece, make sure to hide the brush strokes.” The good news is that talented facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Slupchynskyj have extensive knowledge on facelift techniques, incisions, and potential scarring. You have lots of variables you can control when it comes to preventing scarring, and there are plenty of things you and your surgeon can do to make sure your scarring is as invisible as possible.
Stay Out of the Sun
This is why many plastic surgeons advise patients to get their facelifts during the fall or winter months: excessive sun exposure can actually darken the appearance of scars. During your recovery, it’s also recommended that you protect your face by wearing sun block when stepping outside.
It’s highly recommended that smokers quit smoking at least two weeks before a facelift and at least two weeks after. Why? Because nicotine in the blood can actually affect the blood supply of facial tissue, which can really affect how facial scars can heal and result in scarring.
Diseases and Medication
Diseases like collagen vascular disease and blood disorders like Von Willebrand’s disease can really affect how your body heals its incisions. People with skin conditions like vitiligo, impetigo, and highly irritable skin can lead to highly visible scarring. Even hair disorders like alopecia have shown an increase in risk of visible scarring. If you have any of these conditions, you might need to take extra steps to make sure scarring is reduced.
Treating the Wounds
Did you know that certain medications can be used to prevent scarring? Cortical steroid injections, silicone gel ointment, and Retin-A can be applied on or around sutures to reduce the probability of visible scarring.
A doctor as skilled at Dr. Slupchynskyj can apply multiple techniques to try to prevent visible scarring:
- Double Layered Sutures: By adding two layers of sutures, one above and the other under the skin, Slupchynskyj can help reduce the kind of skin tension that leads to scarring.
- SMAS rotation advancement flap: This technique used by Slupchynskyj reduces the risk of scarring for SMAS facelift procedures.
- Sideburn placement: surgeons that are less experienced than Slupchynskyj have sometimes placed sutured incisions in a way that makes sideburns way too high, an oversight that Dr. Slupchynskyj always looks out for.
Anytime the skin is wounded, there’s going to be scarring. That’s why it’s so important to get a facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Slupchynskyj, because you want someone that has the skill to hide incisions without sacrificing the artistry and results of the facelift. Contact his offices or visit his site now, to get a consultation on his world-famous facelift.