Facelifts are one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, and today’s results are both transformative and natural-looking. When you get a facelift with a skilled plastic surgeon, people will notice that you look more attractive, but they may not be able to pinpoint why.
Yet, more myths persist about facelifts than just about any cosmetic procedure. Let’s look at five common myths about facelifts and explain the reality of the treatment.
Myth #1: Facelifts Are Only for Old People
It is the quality of your facial skin, not your age, that determines the best time for a facelift. Our skin indeed loses resilience and flexibility as we age. But that change in skin quality doesn’t follow the same timeline for everyone. Genetics and environmental factors, like the cumulative effects of sun exposure, can cause some people’s skin to loosen and sag at an earlier age.
So, age is a consideration in deciding when to get a facelift, but it’s not the most important one. What matters is the quality of your facial skin. Many people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s can benefit from a facelift and will experience beautiful and long-lasting results. In fact, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the majority of facelift patients are between the ages of 40 and 54.
Myth #2: A Facelift Will Leave You Looking Like You’ve Had a Facelift (In a Bad Way)
Sure, we’ve all seen examples of bad facelifts. They jump out at us, so we notice them. But what many of us don’t realize is how many attractive, young-looking faces we see that we don’t realize are the result of facelifts.
Roughly 120,000 facelifts are performed in the U.S. every year. Modern facelifts subtly re-sculpt the face from the lower levels to the surface skin. They tighten and lift facial muscles and connective tissues, building a more youthful underlying structure. They also reposition facial fat and subtly tighten and smooth the surface skin, re-attaching it to the lifted muscles for a beautifully natural look. Just browse through our before-and-after pictures to see the results for yourself.
Myth #3: Recovery Is Long and Painful
While it’s true that some downtime for recovery is needed after a facelift, advances in surgical procedures allow most patients to resume their normal activities in as little as two weeks. With appropriate medications and post-surgical care, most patients experience minimal discomfort for the first couple of days, and then some swelling and bruising for another two weeks. The long-term payoff in a fresher, younger look far outweighs the brief recovery time.
Myth #4: Other Less-Invasive Treatments Can Give the Same Results
Injectable facial treatments are very useful for treating the early stages of facial aging — lines and wrinkles and volume loss. Other non-invasive treatments, like Protégé radiofrequency skin tightening, can treat minor to moderate skin laxity. But for more advanced facial skin loosening, showing as drooping jowls and sagging cheeks, only a facelift can restore a dramatically younger, smoother look. And the results of a facelift, unlike those of nonsurgical treatments, are long-lasting.
Myth #5: Facelifts Are Only for Women
This old gender bias in plastic surgery is quickly disappearing. Today, roughly 10 percent of facelifts are performed on men, and that proportion is rising every year. Men, too, want to look and feel their best, and more men realize the payoff in self-esteem and even business success. For women, a facelift smooths and softens the face for a younger and more beautiful appearance. For men, it restores a more masculine jawline and a more energetic, alert look to the upper face.
Learn What a Facelift Can Do for You
Dr. Robert Singer is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving patients La Jolla and San Diego County, known worldwide for his skill in creating beautiful and natural-looking facelift results. Call us at (858) 455-0290 or contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singer.