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The Art of Concealment: How Surgeons Hide Facelift Scars

A facelift is a popular cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing signs of aging and giving you a more youthful look. The surgery usually involves removing excess skin and tightening the muscles underneath, leaving your face looking tighter and smoother.

The specific technique your surgeon uses can affect where the incisions are made and how visible the scars will be. Many people worry about scarring, but with the right approach, scars can be minimal and often hidden within the hairline.

Dr. Joanna Kam is an experienced facial plastic surgeon in South Jersey with a specialty in hiding scars when performing facelifts.
Dr. Kam is a skilled facial plastic, specializing in facelifts for a better appearance

Strategies to Minimize and Conceal Facelift Scars

  1. Facelift scars can be effectively minimized and hidden within the hairline or natural creases by experienced surgeons.
  2. Understanding different types of scars, such as keloids and hypertrophic scars, helps in better managing and treating them.
  3. Pre-operative measures like choosing a skilled surgeon and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are crucial for minimizing scarring.
  4. Advanced surgical techniques, including SMAS and deep-plane facelifts, strategically place incisions to reduce visible scarring.
  5. Postoperative care, including the use of scar creams, silicone sheets, and non-surgical options like laser therapy and microneedling, enhances scar healing and appearance.


Many patients worry about the scars that come with a facelift. This concern can even stop some from getting the procedure. Luckily, new surgical methods and better aftercare can greatly reduce and hide these scars. This makes the cosmetic surgery results look natural, which boosts the patient’s confidence and satisfaction.


When it comes to facelift scars, there are a few different types you might encounter: keloids, hypertrophic scars, and incisional scars.


Keloids happen when your body makes too much scar tissue after a wound heals. These scars are usually raised, shiny, and can be darker than your normal skin, ranging in color from pink to red to dark brown.

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic scars form from excess collagen. These scars can be itchy or even painful, especially when they’re still developing.

Incisional Scars

After a facelift, you’ll likely have incisional scars. These can be either short or long, depending on the technique used during your surgery. Common places for these scars are along the hairline, under the chin, and around or behind the ears.

Understanding these types and where they typically appear can help you manage and treat your scars better.


Choosing an Experienced Surgeon

The best way to minimize scarring starts with picking a skilled, board-certified surgeon. An experienced surgeon knows how to make precise incisions that reduce visible scarring. They will also give you personalized pre- and post-operative care tips to help you heal well and keep scars to a minimum.

Proper Wound Care and Scar Prevention Techniques

Following your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions is crucial for reducing scars after a facelift procedure. This usually involves keeping the incision area clean, staying out of the sun, and using prescribed scar creams or ointments.

The Role of Nutrition and Lifestyle Factors

A healthy diet and lifestyle can also help minimize scarring. Eating well gives your body the nutrients it needs to heal while avoiding smoking and too much sun can prevent further damage and discoloration to your healing skin.


Facelift techniques have improved over the years to better hide and reduce scars. Using special methods and careful surgery by a skilled surgeon can greatly lessen the appearance of facelift scars.

Subcutaneous Techniques: SMAS Facelift and Deep-Plane Facelift

  • SMAS Facelift: Lifts and repositions deeper facial tissues, offering long-lasting, natural-looking results.
  • Deep-Plane Facelift: Similar to the SMAS facelift, this technique also targets deeper tissues for more durable and natural outcomes.

Dr. Kam from Kam Facial Plastic Surgery hides facelift incisions in less noticeable areas such as:

  • Around the rear side of the ear cartilage
  • Around the earlobe
  • Behind the ear
  • Along the natural crease of the hairline

If needed, small surgical incisions are also made under the chin. These strategic placements help ensure scars are minimally visible.

patient results

* All patients are unique and individual results may vary.

Minimally Invasive Techniques: Endoscopic Facelift, Thread Lift

Minimally invasive facelift techniques, like the endoscopic and thread lift, use shorter incisions, which means less scarring.

  • Endoscopic Facelift: Involves a tiny camera and small surgical tools, allowing the surgeon to make smaller cuts.
  • Thread Lift: Uses biodegradable threads to lift and tighten loose skin through tiny pin-size holes, leaving almost no visible scars.

Scar Revision Techniques for Existing Scars

If you have visible scars from past facelifts or other surgeries, there are ways to improve their appearance. This is especially helpful for those with darker skin, as they are more likely to develop hyperpigmentation or keloid scars.

Scar revision treatments vary based on the severity and type of scars you have. These treatments can be:

  • Surgical: For more severe scars.
  • Minimally Invasive: Less intense procedures that still offer significant improvements.
  • Non-Invasive: Gentle treatments that don’t require surgery.

Often, a combination of these techniques will provide the best results. Your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs.


Surgeons can use specialized techniques and meticulous execution of the surgical procedure to effectively hide potential facelift scars.
Surgeons can create invisible scars from facelifts using specialized techniques and treatments

Taking care of your skin after surgery is key to minimizing scars from facelift surgery. Following your plastic surgeon’s instructions can make a big difference in how well your scars heal and how visible they are.

Scar Creams and Ointments

Using scar creams and ointments can help your scars heal better and look less noticeable. These treatments often have ingredients that promote healing, reduce inflammation, and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

Silicone Sheets and Gels

Silicone sheets and gels are popular because they work well for scar management. They create a protective layer that keeps the skin moist, which helps scars heal faster and look better.

Laser Treatments and Other Non-Surgical Options

Besides creams and silicone products, there are other non-surgical options to manage scars. These can be used alone or to support surgical and postoperative care.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a non-invasive way to treat noticeable scars. It uses focused light to break down scar tissue and encourage new skin cell growth, which can make scars less visible. This method is especially good for raised or keloid scars.


Microneedling involves using tiny needles to create small injuries in the skin, which kickstarts the body’s natural healing process. This boosts collagen production and can improve the texture and look of scars. It can also be combined with creams or gels to enhance their effectiveness.

Injectable Fillers

For sunken scars (atrophic scars), injectable fillers can help. These fillers, often containing hyaluronic acid, lift the scar tissue to the same level as the surrounding skin, making the scar less noticeable. Fillers give immediate results but may need to be repeated to maintain the effect.


Choosing to get a facelift is a big decision, and worrying about scars is completely normal. Knowing the different ways to reduce and hide scars can help you feel more confident and make better choices about your care.

There are lots of methods to manage scars, from the surgery itself to aftercare and non-surgical treatments like laser therapy, microneedling, and injectable fillers.

Dr. Joanna Kam is a surgeon with a lot of experience in facial plastic surgery and is dedicated to giving her patients detailed information and excellent care. She knows how important it is to get natural-looking results with minimal scarring. Dr. Kam uses a mix of precise surgical techniques, good postoperative care, and non-surgical treatments to achieve this. If you’re thinking about a facelift and have questions about scarring, consider setting up a consultation with Dr. Kam today.