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Will I Be Able To Hide My Facelift Scars With Makeup?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


Everyone wants to show off the beautiful results of their cosmetic surgery without necessarily giving away the evidence that they had work done. When it comes to facial rejuvenation surgery specifically, concealing any visible scars is a critical part of keeping your procedure discreet. At VIP Plastic Surgery, top Las Vegas board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi uses extreme skill, precision, and experience to ensure patients have the least amount of scarring possible after facelift surgery and, in some cases, no visible scarring at all. Keep reading to find out what level of scarring you may have with facelift surgery, where your scars may be located, and whether makeup can be used to cover your scars.

How is a facelift performed?

To determine where your facelift scars will be located, you’ll have to first know which type of facelift surgery is right for you. There are a number of different possibilities when it comes to a facelift, and the most appropriate facelift approach for each patient will depend on several personal factors, including:

  • Age
  • Skin laxity
  • Nature and severity of concerns
  • Desired outcome
  • Overall health
  • Available downtime
  • Personal preference
  • Surgeon’s recommendation

Some of the most frequently used facelift techniques include:

  • Traditional facelift: typically uses endoscopic incisions within or beyond the hairline near the forehead and behind the ears
  • Short scar facelift: involves a smaller incision than a full SMAS facelift
  • SMAS facelift: utilizes long incisions within or beyond the hairline, extending from the temples to the base of the years
  • Mid-facelift: addresses the middle portion of the face, including the cheeks, and can often be performed endoscopically

What will my facelift scars look like?

When determining the best facelift incision placement for you, Dr. Khorsandi will take into consideration your skin elasticity, your history of scarring, your potential to develop a receding hairline, and additional factors. In the vast majority of cases, facelift incisions can be placed within or beyond the hairline, meaning they are virtually invisible once healing is complete. Incisions that are placed just in front of the ears or in other areas of the face are precisely and delicately made, with Dr. Khorsandi taking great care to conceal these incisions within the natural lines and contours of the face. While these are usually exceptionally challenging – if not impossible – to see with the naked eye after the patient has fully healed, they can certainly be concealed with makeup if desired.

When can I wear makeup after a facelift?

If you do plan to wear makeup to hide your facelift scars or simply as part of your normal daily routine, it is essential that you wait until your incisions have fully closed before doing so. Wearing makeup too soon after a facelift can increase your risk of developing an infection or another complication that may delay healing. On average, patients can expect to be able to wear makeup about 10 – 14 days after facelift surgery, though this can vary based on the type of facelift performed, the patient’s healing progress, and other factors. During your postoperative follow-up appointments, Dr. Khorsandi will closely monitor your progress and let you know when it is safe to resume wearing makeup.

Get your gorgeous glow back with facelift surgery in Las Vegas, NV

When performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, facelift surgery can give you the youthful, natural, stunning look you’re hoping for without the unsightly scars you hope to avoid. If you’re ready to restore your natural beauty, call VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV to schedule your one-on-one consultation with world-renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.