If you are considering plastic surgery, then you probably want your results to look as natural as possible. In the last few decades, surgeons have been making a concerted effort to preserve the individuality of the patient and prevent an “overdone” or artificial look.
Facelift surgery, a major procedure that can make changes to many different areas of the face, makes some patients apprehensive, as they worry that the results will seem tight and artificial.
Fortunately, there are ways to help ensure you get a beautiful natural-looking result from your facelift. Here are some tips for retaining your individuality with facelift surgery.
Goals of a Facelift
The goal of a facelift is not to stop the aging process altogether, as aging will always resume following any cosmetic treatment. A facelift can,however, dramatically improve the appearance of the face, resulting in a refreshed, more youthful appearance, the effects of which can sometimes be enjoyed for more than a decade following surgery. Facelifts are not intended to look “plastic” or “overdone,” rather, the surgical process aims to slow down the aging process and create a natural-looking result that makes the patient appear healthier, more awake and rejuvenated.
A Highly Customized Procedure
A facelift is by no means a one-size-fits-all type of surgery. The procedure is a dynamic, versatile and interchangeable combination of procedures tailored to each patient to maximize results and address specific concerns. Customization also helps the patient maintain a natural look. Common procedures involved in a facelift can include mid-face/cheek lift, forehead lift, neck lift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Imaging software is a tool most surgeons today use to give patients a preview of their prospective results, and it can be a powerful tool in communication, for designing surgical plans and for providing patients with peace of mind. While results will never be exactly as the projections appear, these images can help patients get an idea about what is realistic to expect from surgery.
Discuss Your Concerns and Express Your Preferences
If you are worried about your skin looking too tight or artificial following your surgery, then it is very important that you speak up and voice your concerns to potential facelift surgeons. A reputable surgeon will have the desire and skill to give you the results you want from this versatile procedure, but communication is key to successful results you can be proud of.
Follow All Instructions
Another important factor in your eventual outcome is the healing process and how well you take care of yourself before and after surgery. You can’t expect to get good results if you do not follow your doctor’s instructions for pre- and post-op care, so make sure you understand your responsibilities and are ready to take them on before the day of the surgery.
Consider a Less Drastic Procedure
If you’re worried about looking too artificial or “tight” following a facelift, or you simply do not want to worry about the recovery and cost of full facelift surgery, then you may want to consider a more focused treatment on the area you are most concerned with. Surgeries such as a forehead lift or eyelid surgery can be very effective on their own and suit some patients better than a full facelift. Speaking with a facial plastic surgeon can help you assess your anti-aging options according to your needs.
Outcomes Can Be Predicted–Not Dictated
Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell exactly how your facelift results will look, no matter how skilled and experienced the surgeon is. Variations between patients and different healing factors contribute to the final results, and it just isn’t possible to get the same results every time. That said, a good facial plastic surgeon should be able to predict facelift results accurately enough to give most patients the results they’re looking for. It’s important with any plastic surgery to keep your expectations realistic and be flexible in the vision you have for your outcome.
A Good Listener and a Proven Track Record
Make sure that the surgeon you select will listen carefully to your needs and help you to accomplish your specific goals. Plastic surgery has come a long way over the years in terms of offering patients a custom-tailored procedure, but some surgeons are more flexible and skilled than others. In addition to your surgeon’s credentials, it’s very important that you feel comfortable trusting your results to him or her. Do your research, study before and after photos, and check out your prospective surgeons’ reputations before you move forward.
Start your search by scheduling consultations with board certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Edward Buckingham of Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas. Be sure to come prepared with questions and speak up about what you want from surgery. If you’d like to meet with renowned surgeon Dr. Edward Buckingham, call512-401-2500 today to schedule your consultation.