Facelift surgery no longer results in an overly stretched, pulled-back look. The effects are now more natural than ever before. Facelifts can help with reducing the signs of aging skin, sun exposure, gravity, drooping eyes, wrinkles, a sagging neck, and more. They can offer rejuvenation and a more youthful look. So, it’s no wonder why they’re growing in popularity.
If you’re considering getting facelift surgery, here are answers to the 10 most common questions we hear.
1. Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
When it comes to facelifts, there is no set candidate profile or age. However, the best candidates are those who are unhappy with sagging face and neck skin or a tired or aged appearance, but have strong, well-defined bone structure. You can book a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for a facelift.
2. What’s the best type of facelift to get?
The type of facelift you should get really depends on the effects you’re looking to achieve. There are many facelift techniques to consider, including skin only, short scar, deep plane, high SMAS, MACS lift, and SMASectomy. You can decide, in consultation with your plastic surgeon, which will be the best facelift to get in your unique circumstances.
3. What do the timeframes look like?
A standard facelift surgery typically takes approximately three to four hours to complete. As for the recovery time, you can expect swelling to diminish within 10 days to two weeks.
4. What effects should I expect?
You likely won’t look drastically different after facelift surgery. Because the effects are now more natural, you won’t look like your face has been pulled back. Rather, you’ll look younger and refreshed.
5. How do I choose a plastic surgeon?
In order to ensure that your facelift surgery goes smoothly, that risks are minimized, and that you achieve the look you’re going for, it’s critical that you choose a great plastic surgeon. Ensure that your plastic surgeon is part of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Look at before-and-after photos of facelifts on plastic surgeons’ websites. Ask for referrals if you have any friends or family members who have had facelifts done in the past. And book consultations to ask all of your questions and ensure that you feel comfortable with the surgeon you’ll go with. In addition, avoid certain red flags, such as a plastic surgeon who offers lofty promises or one who pressures you into surgery.
6. What are the risks?
All surgeries, big and small, do come with certain risks. The risks associated with facelift procedures include wound infection, nerve damage, and hematoma. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to perform the surgery.
7. Should I lose weight before or after a facelift?
For the safest surgery and the best possible outcomes, it’s best to lose weight before your facelift procedure if you intend to shed a few pounds. Being at a healthy weight and at optimal health is important for a successful procedure. Though a few pounds won’t make a big difference, if you’re looking to lose many pounds, you should wait until you feel comfortable with your weight before booking a facelift surgery.
8. How long do the effects last?
Many patients compare and contrast facelift surgery and fillers when contemplating what type of procedure is best for them. Fillers are temporary solutions that can add volume to deflated tissues. The effects only last a few months. Facelifts, on the other hand, will last for several years. Many factors, including sun exposure, weight changes, and skin quality will affect the longevity of the effects.
9. Should I get another procedure done along with the facelift?
Many patients choose to undergo several procedures at once. Facelifts are frequently performed at the same time as eyelid surgery and brow lifts. Combining surgeries can allow you to achieve the look you want faster and for less money. However, the more surgeries you undergo, the more discomfort you may be in post-surgery.
10. What’s the difference among a neck lift, mini-lift, and facelift?
A facelift will impact your cheeks, neck, and jowl. A neck lift, however, will address neck skin deformity or redundancy. And mini-lifts are used for more minor concerns or to refresh previous facelifts.