Facelift scars are typically not noticeable, but they can vary in visibility depending on the type of facelift, the skill of the surgeon, and the individual’s healing response.

Traditional facelifts typically involve incisions in the hairline, behind the ears, and under the chin. These incisions can be hidden by hair, but they may be visible in some individuals, especially those with fair skin and thin hair.

Minimally invasive facelifts, such as the SMAS facelift, may leave less visible scars. These procedures typically involve incisions only in the hairline and behind the ears.

The skill of the surgeon is also an important factor in scar visibility. A skilled surgeon will make incisions that are as small and inconspicuous as possible. They will also take care to close the incisions properly to minimize scarring.

Finally, the individual’s healing response also plays a role in scar visibility. Some people are more prone to scarring than others. If you are concerned about scarring, you should talk to your surgeon about your individual risk factors.

Here are some additional tips to help minimize facelift scars:

  • Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in facelift surgery.
  • Ask your surgeon about their scar-minimization techniques.
  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully during the healing process.
  • Use scar cream or ointment as directed by your surgeon.
  • Avoid sun exposure to the scars for at least 6 months.

With proper care, most facelift scars will fade over time and become less noticeable. However, it is important to remember that no facelift is completely scarless. If you are considering a facelift, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits carefully and to discuss your concerns with your surgeon.