If you are considering getting plastic surgery, you may be concerned about scarring. A skilled plastic surgeon can use certain techniques to minimize scars so that they aren’t obvious. There are various techniques that your surgeon can use to achieve optimal results with minimal scarring, including:

Minimizing Incisions

For many cosmetic procedures, your plastic surgeon can make incisions in inconspicuous places. They can accomplish this by placing them in natural creases or behind hair or other parts of your face. This can make it more difficult to notice any scars. During a facelift, your surgeon may place the incisions behind the hairline or in the natural folds of the ears and face. During eyelid surgery, your surgeon can place the incisions in the creases of the upper lids or just below the eyelashes on the lower eyelids. These strategic locations make it much harder to see or notice your incisions.

Applying Different Techniques

Our surgeons use precise techniques during their procedures to minimize tissue trauma and create well-aligned incisions. During a procedure, the surgeon can make sure the scars are not jagged, irregular, or longer than necessary. They can use techniques to minimize scarring, such as lifting the skin off the fat layer to help it stretch. This can help reduce scar visibility and promote optimal healing, leading to less visible scarring.

Recommending Less Invasive Alternatives

If you want a facelift to address wrinkles and other signs of aging, your surgeon may recommend a minimally invasive alternative. At Somerset Plastic Surgery, we offer both Botox and dermal fillers to address signs of aging. Botox injections block nerve impulses, which can relax wrinkles to give you a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, use injectable gel to reverse signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Both of these options are minimally invasive and do not cause scarring. If you want to achieve a more youthful appearance but are worried about scarring, consider Botox or dermal fillers.

Using Various Suture Techniques

Your surgeon can carefully choose suture types and techniques to minimize scarring. Experienced surgeons are able to handle the tissue gently and use the appropriate instruments and materials to close your incisions. They can use fine, dissolvable sutures and minimize tension on the wound to promote healing. Using glue and fine suturing materials can also minimize scarring. After completing the surgery, the surgeon may use other materials over your incisions, such as surgical dressing, garments, and adhesive tapes. Your surgeon can use their knowledge and experience to determine the best suturing technique for your procedure.

Providing Postoperative Wound Care

Your surgeon can provide you with postoperative wound care instructions to make sure your incisions heal properly. This can also help make sure the scars are able to fade more in the future, sometimes to near invisibility. Your surgeon can teach you how to monitor for signs of infection or recommend scar management strategies such as regular massages. They may also send you home with ointments that you can put on your skin to aid in the healing process. Following these directions can help you manage your wound’s healing and reduce its chance of leaving a noticeable scar. If you have questions or concerns, your surgeon can address them during your consultation and educate you on steps you can take to help promote proper healing.

Educating on the Affects of Your Lifestyle

The extent of your scarring is not all determined by the surgery and the techniques your surgeon uses. Your lifestyle choices also play a role in the effects of your postoperative recovery, including scarring. Smoking tobacco products can expose tissue to nicotine, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and hydrogen cyanide, which can negatively impact healing. Heavy alcohol use can increase perioperative bleeding and should be avoided before and after your surgery for a certain period of time, as directed by your surgeon. Maintaining a balanced diet and being physically fit and active before coming in for your surgery may also improve healing. By educating you on these lifestyle factors, your surgeon can provide you with actionable tips. These tips can help you and your incisions heal after a procedure.

See a Plastic Surgeon at Somerset Plastic Surgery

Scars are a natural part of the body’s healing process, but they can be strategically placed so that they are not obvious. At Somerset Plastic Surgery, our plastic surgeons are experienced in minimizing scars that are a result of various plastic surgery procedures. They can place them in natural skin folds to camouflage them, or they can place them so they are out of sight, such as inside the nostril or behind the hairline. If you are ready to achieve your ideal appearance with the help of an experienced plastic surgeon, make an appointment with one of our team members today.