Despite its popularity as one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures today, there is still plenty of misinformation circulating about this plastic surgery. If you are looking for a dramatic way to turn back the clock, the surgical facelift may still be your procedure of choice. However, before you schedule your consultation, it is important to separate facelift facts from fiction.
Myth #1: I will look like I got “work done.”
The greatest apprehension about a facelift is that the results will look too obvious. Fortunately, the windswept look of early procedures has given way to advanced techniques that produce a more natural appearance. By tightening the underlying structures of the skin, patients achieve facial enhancement rather than a complete change in appearance.
Myth #2: Mini facelifts are the way to go.
“Mini” facelifts have received plenty of interest in recent years, due to their shorter incisions and resultant recovery times. This is most useful for patients with very early signs of aging, however, patients with advanced signs of aging are not likely to achieve satisfactory results from the “mini” facelift procedure. It is important to ask your doctor which procedure he recommends, based on your specific needs and concerns, in light of what your degree of aging is.
Myth #3: The results of facelifts are permanent.
The results of a facelift are very long-lasting but unfortunately, they are not permanent. Time and gravity will again take their toll, requiring additional procedures to maintain your youthful appearance. However, if you take proper care of your skin after your surgery, facelift results can last up to 10 years before any touch-up treatments are required.
Myth #4: Facelifts are only for women.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 12,000 facelifts were performed on men in 2014. This made the facelift one of the top five requested procedures for male patients, behind only rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction, and liposuction.
Myth # 5: Facelifts are only for old people.
Facelifts are no longer restricted to the over-60 set. These procedures are also being done on patients in their 40s and 50s today, to stop the effects of aging early on. For these patients, a “mini” facelift will often be sufficient for restoring a youthful appearance, with results that can last many years before additional procedures are needed. The bottom line is that aging is very individual and your surgeon needs to be accurate in determining the correct procedure for you based on your status of physical aging, not your birthday.
A facelift is an effective way to address a myriad of aging signs in a single procedure. Dr. Burke Robinson is an expert in facelift techniques and can design your procedure to meet your specific needs and desired outcome. To learn more, contact Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery at 770-667-3090.