As with any popular plastic surgery procedure, there is a lot of information and misinformation floating around about facelifts. Many people think they know all about the popular facial rejuvenation surgery, but there are so many accepted myths surrounding the procedure that getting to the truth can be surprisingly difficult. If you’re considering anti-aging surgery, then you deserve the truth about facelifts, so let’s take a look at some common myths about the facelift and see what you can actually expect from the procedure.
Myth #1: A facelift is one set procedure
The traditional facelift consists of tightening of the lower face, jowls, and neck, but the facelift has become a completely customizable procedure that can address the specific anti-aging needs of each patient.
Myth #2: A facelift is only for older people
It’s true that a lot of people in their 60s and 70s get facelifts. But more patients who are middle aged elect to get the surgery—and with good reason. Because aging is not so advanced by this age, improvement can be more natural, skin elasticity is better, and the results of the procedure tend to last longer, maintaining youth and slowing down aging. Many people start thinking about facelift surgery in their 40s and 50s—even 30s in some cases.
Myth #3: The results look unnatural
Today, patients are looking for natural rejuvenation, and do not want to look “overdone”. Fortunately, surgical techniques have caught up to these demands, and new techniques and skills produce beautiful, natural-looking results when the procedure is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon. The goal is to create a tastefully refreshed, more youthful appearance.
Myth #4: Men don’t get facelifts
Plastic surgery procedures of all kinds are on the rise in men, and facelifts are no exception. Men can absolutely benefit from the subtle yet effective rejuvenating effects of a facelift. The only challenge with male facelift surgery can be the placement of the incisions, which must be taken into account due to differing hairlines and facial hair.
Myth #5: There are non-surgical substitutes
While there are many effective non-surgical anti-aging procedures, there is no anti-aging technology that has been developed that can replace the surgical facelift procedure. For patients interested in more subtle improvement to the skin and who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure, these treatments can be a great option. For comprehensive improvement of muscle, skin, and facial volume, however, the facelift is still the best option.
Myth #6: A facelift addresses the whole face
A facelift is a combination of techniques that can address any areas of the face that need work. Though the traditional facelift concentrates on the lower face or neck, these can be combined with eyelid, forehead, or cheek surgery for more comprehensive results. There are also “mini-lifts” that can address specific areas of the face.
Myth #7: Recovery from a facelift is difficult and lengthy
While it is true that the facelift involves a more extensive recovery period than less invasive cosmetic procedures, the recovery time for the surgery lasts only a few weeks before most normal activities can be resumed. Strenuous exercise will need to be delayed for several weeks longer. Following the initial healing period, patients will see the swelling gradually subside over the next few months, and this will not affect normal life. Pain during the initial healing phase can be controlled with prescription medication.
Myth #8: A facelift will stop aging entirely
Nothing can stop the aging process altogether, and though a facelift can slow down the progression tremendously, there is no way to prevent signs of aging from reappearing over time. With that said, improvement from a facelift can last many years—a decade or more for some patients.
Myth #9: A mini lift is a less invasive version of a facelift
A mini lift can refer to a number of different procedures that can involve just one area of the face, or a facelift with less muscle manipulation. The term is somewhat vague, so it’s important for patients to know what they are getting into if they are considering a mini lift.
Is a Facelift Right for You?
Facelifts are a great option for many patients, but no one procedure is right for everyone. Only you can make a decision about whether you’re ready to learn more about the facelift surgery, but a qualified plastic surgeon can help you by determining your candidacy for the procedure and advising you on your options for facial rejuvenation. When you’re ready to move forward, it’s time to discuss your needs with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.
Still Have More Questions? Talk to an Expert
Busting the common myths of the procedure doesn’t answer all the frequently asked questions about facelifts, but you’ll get plenty of opportunities to ask specific questions should you decide to move forward with facelift surgery.
Of course, the most important factor in your procedure’s success will be your plastic surgeon, so you will want to make sure you choose a knowledgeable and skilled provider to guide you through the process. Only a board certified facial plastic surgeon has the skill to customize a facelift to suit your needs, so start your search with an expert like Dr. Edward Buckingham of Buckingham Center in Austin, TX. Dr. Buckingham is a renowned anti-aging expert who focuses on gentle techniques to produce beautiful results. For more information, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Buckingham, call (512) 401-2500 today.