Deep Plane Facelift Scars and the Healing Process
Book an Appointment
Home / Addressing Face Concerns and Facial Aging / Deep Plane Facelift Scars and the Healing Process

The Stages of Deep Plane Facelift Scars | Real Patient Results

A key aspect of the deep plane facelift procedure is the incision made in front of the ear, a technique Dr. Rizk has refined to optimize aesthetic and healing outcomes. It’s essential to understand that the way scars heal and mature can vary significantly from one individual to another, influenced by factors such as skin type, thickness, tone, age, and genetic predispositions. These variations can affect the appearance and progression of scars, especially those strategically placed in front of the ears. Dr. Rizk’s extensive experience in facial plastic surgery allows him to tailor his approach to each patient’s unique characteristics, ensuring minimal and discreet scarring. The stages outlined below provide an overview of what patients can typically expect during the healing process following a deep plane facelift2, focusing on the critical incisions in front of the ears.

Immediate Post-Surgery (2 Days)

Immediate Post-Surgery (2 Days)

  • Incisions: Rizk’s precision in placing incisions with sutures, especially facelift scars3 in front of ears, ensures discreet scarring.
  • Appearance: Initially, deep plane facelift scars appear as fine, reddened lines. Mild swelling and bruising are typical at this stage.
  • Care: Rest and limited movement are crucial for the initial healing of scars from a facelift.
Early Healing Phase | Facelift Scars After 2 Weeks

Early Healing Phase | Facelift Scars After 2 Weeks

  • Appearance: Facelift scars after 2 weeks start to show significant improvement. As seen in this photo, the redness diminishes, and the swelling subsides, allowing the scars to flatten and blend more naturally with the surrounding skin.
  • Care: Gentle care and adherence to Dr. Rizk’s post-operative instructions are key to the healing of facelift scars in front of the ears.
One Month Post-Surgery

One Month Post-Surgery

  • Appearance: The deep plane facelift scars continue to fade, becoming less prominent and integrating with the skin’s natural tone.
  • Care: Ongoing scar care and sun protection are vital to prevent darkening of the scars.
Three Months Post-Surgery

Three Months Post-Surgery

  • Appearance: The scars are softer and blend seamlessly with the natural skin tone as you can see in this patient, 3 months after her deep plane facelift procedure.
  • Care: Patients in New York can generally resume their regular skincare routine, with continued emphasis on protecting the scars from sun exposure.
Two Years Post-Surgery

Two Years Post-Surgery

  • Appearance: By this time, deep plane facelift scars are typically well-healed and may be barely noticeable, having matured to match the surrounding skin as seen in this male patient.
  • Care: Long-term skincare and sun protection remain important for maintaining the quality of the facelift scars.
Three Months Post-Surgery

1 Week Post Surgery

  • Appearance: Just one week after undergoing a comprehensive facelift and necklift, the absence of drains and the innovative use of tissue glue have significantly reduced swelling and bruising, revealing a more contoured, youthful appearance. The early signs of healing are promising, with the surgical sites displaying minimal redness and the incisions beginning to heal cleanly, indicating a successful procedure.
  • Care: In this critical phase of recovery the use of tissue glue facilitates a quicker recovery and simplifies the care regimen, allowing for a smoother transition to normal activities. Gentle care, avoiding strenuous activities, and closely monitoring the healing process under Dr. Rizk’s guidance are essential.

Video Testimonials

Watch Video: Dr. Rizk shares his patient’s results one week after Rhinoplasty
Watch Video: Dr. Rizk shares his patient’s results one week after Rhinoplasty
Watch Video: Dr. Rizk shares his patient’s results one week after Rhinoplasty

Choose Dr. Rizk for Your Facelift in NYC

Understanding the stages of scarring and healing helps set realistic expectations for a deep plane facelift. With Dr. Rizk’s expertise, patients in New York can look forward to natural-looking, rejuvenated results with minimal, well-healed scars.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rizk to learn more about his innovative techniques and how he can help you achieve your aesthetic goals with minimal scarring.

Post Surgery Results

facelift scars ba1
facelift scars ba2
facelift scars ba3
facelift scars ba4


1 WebMD – Scars and Your Skin. Available:

2 National Library of Medicine – Deep Plane Facelift. Available:

3 National Library of Medicine – Techniques for Creating Inconspicuous Facelift Scars. Available:

Sam Rizk, MD

By Dr. Sam S. Rizk, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty surgery and a recognized expert on the latest advances in facial plastic surgery techniques. He performs a range of facial plastic surgeries at his New York practice.

Learn more about Dr. Rizk | Dr. Rizk's Google Scholar

Contact Us

Our Location

1040 Park Avenue,
New York, NY 10028

Get Directions

Get Started

To schedule an appointment,
please call us at

Schedule an Appointment

Virtual Tour

Dr. Rizk's office is located on Park Avenue in Manhattan's premiere upper East side and has attained the JCAHO Gold Seal of Certification

Take a Tour

Out Of Town

Dr. Rizk has many patients who fly to his New York office for facial plastic surgery.

Fly-In For Surgery

WARNING: Dr. Rizk and his office do not offer any payment transactions on Instagram. For anything related to appointments or payments, please call the office or book an appointment through the website. This is the only official Instagram account of Dr. Sam Rizk click here. For all appointment and payment queries, please call the office or book an appointment through our website.