Do Facelift Scars Heal/Look Better In The Front Or Back Of The Ear?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Is it true that facelift scars in front of the ears heal better than behind the ear? If this is true, what is the reason for this?  have heard this is because blood supply is better closer to the face. 

A: As a general statement that is more true than not for a variety of reasons. In facelift surgery the skin on the back of the ear is thinner than the front with less potential blood supply and this area of a facelift is often placed under more tension than the front of the ear. As a result far more hypertrophic scars occur in the postauricular area than in the preauricular region.

Fortunately postauricular facelift scars are more hidden as most of their length remain obscured by the shadow of the overlying ear.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana