Facelifts were one of the top five plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. in 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. While the surgery may be popular, a lot of misinformation is floating around about it. Common facelift myths can affect your decision to have the procedure or can affect your expectations for the surgery. Before you have any type of plastic surgery, it’s important to know what you can really expect and what’s just a myth.
You’ll Look Fake Afterwards
You’ve probably seen the results of a botched or poorly performed facelift, either on a person you know or on a celebrity. The unnatural look that people often associate with facelift surgery is usually due to a surgeon using outdated techniques. Older techniques focused on just the outer layer of skin, which often led to a pulled taut, windswept look.
Fortunately, today’s facelift techniques are sufficiently advanced to produce a more natural result. The surgeon will typically lift and tighten both muscle and skin and will remove extra fat from the area. The surgery won’t give you the face of a 25-year-old, but it will make you look more refreshed and youthful and not fake.
Injections Will Provide the Same Results
The rise of non-surgical injections such as Dysport, Botox and Juvederm has been great news for many patients who aren’t ready for surgery. But, it’s important to know that injections aren’t always a replacement for a facelift and won’t give you the same results. Injections such as Botox, for example, focus on the frown lines and crow’s feet, which aren’t in the same area that facelift treats. Juvederm and other fillers can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the lower part of the face, but they won’t help tighten the skin or reduce jowls or a double chin.
Your Results Will Last Forever
Between the cost of facelift surgery and the time it takes to recover from the procedure, you might find yourself hoping that the results will last for the rest of your life. Your body and face will continue to age after the surgery and there is no way to press pause on the clock. While the results from a facelift aren’t permanent, they can and do last for a lot longer than the results from non-surgical options. Injectable fillers will give you results for a couple of years at most.
In some cases, the results of a facelift can last for a decade or even longer. There are some things you can do to extend the life of your results, too. For example, avoiding sun exposure and eating a nutritious, balanced diet are just two ways to make your surgery results last for as long as possible.
It’s Best to Wait for a Facelift
There’s no perfect age for a facelift procedure. Some people benefit from waiting until they are in their 60s or 70s before having surgery, while others see great results after having surgery in their 40s or 50s. In many cases, it’s advisable to have the procedure sooner rather than later. The earlier a person has a facelift, the less signs of aging there are on the face, and it’s more likely that the results will turn out better. When a person waits to have the surgery, there may be a significant amount of aging all over the face, which can make it difficult to get natural looking results.
Additionally, as people get older, their health typically declines. A patient in her 70s might have also have a condition that makes having a facelift risky. No matter what decade of life you’re in, discussing your facelift options with a surgeon can help you determine if the procedure is right for you.
A Facelift Focuses on the Entire Face
In some ways, the term facelift is a misnomer. While the surgery does reduce sagging and wrinkles on the face, it doesn’t correct the signs of aging all over the face. Instead, the surgery focuses on the lower third of the face, including the lower cheeks, chin and jowls. People who have signs of aging elsewhere on their face, such as in the forehead or eyelids, might benefit from a different surgery, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Some people benefit from combining surgeries, as doing so rejuvenates the entire face, creating a balanced, youthful look.
If you are considering a facelift or other form of facial plastic surgery and want to learn more about the benefits and what to expect, contact Dr. Ross Clevens, the only practicing, double board certified facial plastic surgeon in Brevard County, today. Ivy League-educated and voted “Best in Brevard,” Dr. Clevens can help you decide on the most appropriate procedure for you. Call (321) 727-3223 to schedule your consultation today.