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August 17, 2021
Facelifts are designed to improve a person’s physical appearance, but many people who undergo the procedure worry about the scars that may follow. You might not be aware that a facelift actually includes one of several different types of procedures. Some of the options for facelift procedures include the following:
No matter which procedure is chosen, many patients wonder about the possibility of noticeable scars after the facelift.
The body will heal the wounds from a facelift procedure during a three part process.
These scars can be barely visible but sometimes are more significant. Fortunately, there are some natural tips that you can use to avoid facial scarring.
Patients with a history of smoking should consider not smoking for six weeks prior to surgery. Because smoking interferes with oxygenation, it impairs skin health.
Maintaining a diet high in vitamins A, C, and E helps to promote wound healing. Also try adding foods that are high in iron such as beans, beef, green leafy vegetables and turkey. It’s also wise to eat foods that have a large amount of zinc including eggs, garlic, shrimp, and spinach. A good diet can help to prepare the body for the stresses of surgery.
Genetics and skin tone influence how much a person scars and can’t be modified. While not always true, darker skin tends to result in more scarring.
The physician who performs the facelift will provide critical instructions about how to care for the wounds following surgery. One of the most important precautions is to avoid sleeping in a manner that irritates the incisions and surrounding area. Another piece of advice is to avoid strenuous activity until the body has healed.
Take proper precautions to avoid exposing facelift scars to sunlight. Be sure to wear appropriate sunscreen to block against UVA and UVB rays if sun exposure is unavoidable. Wear a hat to shade the facial incisions or even better, use NewGel+UV which has a SPF 30 mineral sunscreen to help prevent scar hyperpigmentation and discoloring due to the suns harmful UV rays!
There are several types of creams that can help to substantially reduce the scars of a facelift surgery. Your doctor may prescribe one to reduce the chances of infection. Some creams for facelift incisions are available over the counter, but check with your doctor before applying such products.
Massages are effective because they increase circulation. Delivery of oxygen, nutrients and specialized cells supports the development of healthy new tissue.
Any person who smokes should stop after a facelift. Smoking impairs the body’s ability to distribute oxygen throughout the body. Instead of helping the body heal, blood cells become occupied by carbon monoxide, which is deadly and delays the recovery process.
Topically applied silicone gel products can help to accelerate healing. A silicone barrier blocks out bacteria but holds in helpful moisture, creating a microenvironment where the skin heals more fully, with less scarring. To find the appropriate silicone product, browse the NewGel+ assortment of silicone gel treatment products. NewGel+E is an invisible topical gel and there are also NewGel+ silicone gel sheets and strips specifically shaped to treat typical face lift scars. All are recognized as effective in fading and flattening scars. We also have NewGel+UV which has a SPF 30 mineral sunscreen to help prevent scar hyperpigmentation and discoloring due to the suns harmful UV rays!
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