How can I make my mini facelift scars fade even more?

I had a mini facelift almost a month ago, and the doctor prescribed me silicone sheets and some topical steroids to improve the marks from my incisions, but I'm not very happy with the results. I was wondering if there's something that worked better for someone else. Do you have any recommendations?


F, 61, California

Tags:woman age 55-64 scar incision results

Last year I had a mini facelift to treat the loose skin on my face. I was aware that there would be scars and that they would take time to heal. I just hate the fact that my scars look red and puffy. I called my facial plastic surgeon to make sure that I was healing properly. She told me that evidence of scarring takes about eight months to a year to be completely unnoticeable. Of course, I had to ask if there was anything I could do to speed up the process.

My doctor did say that there were things I could do to speed up the process. She said that I could try facial massage to stop the connective tissue from becoming permanent. She also suggested plastic silicone sheets directly over the scars to improve their appearance. If necessary, she also said that we could try steroid injections. The silicone sheets and massaging improve my scars. Eight months after my surgery they were no longer noticeable.

Laser scar treatments can help improve post-surgical scars.  If scars are still noticeable after using steroid treatments and silicone sheeting then we often offer laser scar treatments every 3-4 weeks for 6 sessions.  We start at 4-6 weeks post surgery and the treatments blend the texture and improve the color of scars.  Keep in mind some scars will improve over time without any treatment and become imperceptible.Ken Oleszek, MD
La Fontaine Aesthetics
Denver, Colorado

I had a mini facelift completed to give me a more pronounced jawline, and I faithfully used the silicone sheets and steroids that the doctor provided. Your scars should continue to fade over time as mine did. A month is not long enough to expect the final results of facial surgery. I stayed out of the sun and used sunblock every single day because the sun or tanning beds can redden the scars and cause them to take longer to heal.

My doctor explained to me that even if I experienced scarring that I was dissatisfied with, I could have it treated with other cosmetic procedures like laser resurfacing. Massage is another way to help the scars to heal. Additional medications may also be available from your doctor. If you still aren't happy with the scar results and with your surgeon's recommendations, you should see a surgeon with more experience who can help you treat the scars and ensure that you get the best outcome.

Mini Lift scars are among the most frustrating. The gels and topical steroids can only do so much. In my case, I had scars in the most inconspicuous places: behind my earlobes. However, I wear my hair back in a ponytail often, and a co-worker noticed the scars one day. It's no surprise since I scar easily; I've even developed keloids from scars incurred as a child.

So I discovered that working on them internally is the best solution. One natural remedy particularly effective is the enzyme serrapeptase. It's made by silkworms, and it actually eats scar tissue and any other dead tissue anywhere in the body. I also make sure that I eat plant-based most of the time and stay hydrated. My scars are barely there now.

You can also get laser treatments to decrease scarring. I have not tried this option before.

The fact that I have scars after my facelift is not surprising. I just didn't like the fact that they are noticeable. I asked my doctor if there was anything that could be done to make the healing process faster and reduce the appearance of my scars. After the swelling and bruising went down I was still able to see red marks where the small incisions were made. Honestly, they probably weren't that bad but that is exactly where my eyes would go when I looked in the mirror. She told me to stay out of the sun. Sun exposure will cause the scars to darken and look more noticeable.

Some people get prescribed topical steroids to fade the scars. However, my doctor said she would only suggest that as a last resort option. But, she did suggest that I manually massage the scars. Doing this would help to loosen the scar tissue. She also gave me silicone sheets. She told me that scaring from a facelift could take about a year to become unnoticeable. I saw a noticeable difference in how my scars looked after about five months post op.

While I loved the idea of having a mini facelift, I can honestly say that the incision scars I was left with made me unhappy. For most people, they are difficult to see, but in my situation, I can still see the scars. I knew before the procedure to expect to see scars that look thick and red. These scars may stay visible for up to a year after the plastic surgery procedure. To help my scars heal faster, my doctor suggested massaging the facelift incisions to help break up the scar tissue. He also said that I should limit my exposure to direct sunlight and gave me silicone sheets to use. Sunlight will make the scars appear darker. If necessary, he said that I could try topical steroids. After about four months, I started to see my scars start to fade.