What to Look for in Facelift Before & After Photos

While anyone can put makeup on their face, concealer under eyes, and injections in their wrinkles, the most dramatic effects are apparent with cosmetic surgery before and after photos. You’ve done your research, have asked all the questions in the world, and now you want to see real-life images of what to expect from cosmetic surgery. Here’s what to look for in one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries: the face lift.

Rhinoplasty, Lower Facelift, Lower Blepharoplasty
  • Visible shadow and natural neck movement

When it comes to a facelift, lighting is the most critical aspect that can enhance or dimish the results of a facelift. Look closely at the subject’s proportions – including shape and size of the skull, along with facial expression – in both images to ensure that they are similar. Disparities could signal the use of a different camera or lens which is meant to conceal poor results.

One of the best ways to tell if a patient results from a face lift look natural is through video. Overall, look for if the patient looks warm, friendly, and healthy, instead of tight, strained or uncomfortable.

  • Sculpted, gentle definition of the neck and jaw

Great plastic surgery is invisible. Therefore, results of a face lift should look normal. The results will be sharper – after all, the neck isn’t as full and lax – there should be some softness across the new ages. A sculpted jaw should be seen, along with the taut neck. When we age, everything begins to sag. But while many people first notice laxity in their neck, a more holistically youthful look happens when both the neck and jaw are addressed.

  • Good placement of incisions

Visible incisions don’t necessarily mean poor work – after all, they do heal over several months. Placement of the incisions is a signal. Incisions should be tucked into contours and creases, like under the jaw or behind the ears – never at the temple where it’ll be on display.

  • Long-term results

Ideal photos to view are those that are taken 6 to 12 months after surgery, but many before and after photos are taken just a few months after surgery. Recovery does take longer than one might think. It’s normal to have swelling for up to six months, so do know that if you’re looking at a photo that’s been taken 1-month post-surgery, it may not be the most accurate.

At Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Burke Robinson has undergone rigorous training and has solely dedicated his life to only specializing in facial plastic surgery.  Rhytidectomy, or a facelift, has made incredible strides in recent years with advancements allowing for safer, gentler and more effective methods.  New techniques enable those who undergo this surgery to reclaim a youthful appearance with natural-looking results.  Check out our Before & After Gallery

If you’re interested in a facelift, schedule a complimentary consultation with us today.