Top 3 Misconceptions about Facelifts
A facelift continues to offer some of the most dramatic results in cosmetic plastic surgery today. However, some of those less-than-stellar results have caused prospective patients to fear the operation. The good news is that misconceptions about facelifts are just that – misinformation about what you can expect from this procedure. To help you make the right choice about a facelift, we have listed the top three misconceptions (and facts) about the facelift procedure.
Misconception #1: Results aren’t Natural
Probably the biggest misconception about the facelift is that it will leave the patient looking like Joan Rivers. Images of skin pulled tight for an unnatural result have turned many away from the procedure in fear. However, facelifts are not just about tightening the skin. The surgeon also works on the muscles and tissues underneath the skin’s surface to produce a natural, beautiful look. While the results may be dramatic, they won’t make the person look like someone else – just a younger version of themselves.
Misconception #2: Recovery Time is Long
Another concern about the facelift is the length of the recovery time. Patients often have the misplaced notion that recovery from this surgical procedure will take many weeks and be very painful. However, most patients return to light regular activities within two weeks after surgery. When dissolvable sutures are used they disappear on their own, without the need to have them removed by your surgeon. Discomfort can be managed with pain medication in the early days after the procedure and subsides much quicker than many patients think. Most people have numbness after the procedure rather than pain.
Misconception #3: Scarring is Extensive
Finally, fear of scarring keeps many patients away from their plastic surgeon’s office. When the face is targeted for treatment, the image is of visible incisions that lead to permanent, disfiguring scars after the procedure. However, surgeons have refined this procedure to hide as many incisions as possible in the hairline. New technology also allows for much smaller incisions that results in less scarring afterward.
A facelift is an effective procedure for tightening sagging skin and enhancing the facial profile. The procedure restores firmness to the skin and minimizes signs of aging on the face. While a facelift is a surgical procedure, discomfort and recovery time are often much less than what a patient expects.
If you are considering a cosmetic treatment to turn back the clock on your appearance, a facelift might be an option. For more information about this procedure, contact Dr. Leslie Stevens and his staff at The Lasky Clinic today.