Quick Comment: Is Facelift Scarring More Likely with Darker Skin?

Facelift for Long Island Patients with Dark Skin

If you’re Hispanic or African-American, you might be worried that your skin tone will make your facelift scars very noticeable after healing. I’m happy to tell you that this usually isn’t a problem. It’s true that darker skin sometimes will show scars more easily, but a good surgeon can take steps to help make sure your scars will flatten and fade properly:

  • Limiting the approach: Newer techniques in mini face lift on Long Island allow for very nice results with dramatically smaller incisions. The faster healing time and smaller suture areas mean it’s much less likely for you to develop noticeable scarring, no matter what your skin type.
  • Choosing more conservative suture placement: For any given facelift technique, a Long Island plastic surgeon has multiple options for where exactly to place the sutures. Sutures behind the hairline and toward the back side of the ear are less noticeable.

The bottom line: If certain factors increase your risk of scarring, this doesn’t mean you can’t get very good results, but you should still be aware of the risks and be direct about asking your plastic surgeon what he or she plans to do to make sure your results look right. Plastic surgery should never be a “one-size-fits-all” process, but in these cases it’s particularly important not to settle for anything less than the “best” approach.

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