A facelift continues to be the gold standard procedure in facial rejuvenation. Compared to non-surgical methods, facelift surgery can offer the most dramatic and sustainable improvement to the unwanted signs of aging in the face. Still, a facelift surgery isn’t magic. There are things that this popular cosmetic surgery can accomplish, as well as those that it cannot. Just like any other plastic surgery procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations before you commit.
In terms of addressing the aging face, here are some results you can expect as well as concerns that are outside the realm of capabilities for a traditional facelift procedure.
Yes, a Facelift Can Smooth Wrinkles and Deep Lines
During a facelift, the skin and underlying tissues are elevated and repositioned using inconspicuous incisions in the hairline. In doing so, creases, lines and even severe wrinkles can be smoothed out. A skilled plastic surgeon performs this facelifting technique to create youthful results that are also soft and natural-looking.
Yes, a Facelift Can Get Rid of Sagging Skin Caused by Lost Volume
As you age, your face loses its youthful volume, especially in the cheeks. With the loss of muscle tone and fat, the skin often sags and a sunken appearance can develop in the middle and lower face. A facelift can address these unwanted changes by trimming excess or loose skin and redistributing fat and tissue to a more attractive position.
Yes, a Facelift Can Rejuvenate the Neck
Even though it is called a “face” lift, this procedure often includes a lifting and smoothing out of the neck or under-chin area. Getting rid of prominent neck bands, sagging and excess fat in the neck can take years off your appearance.
No, a Facelift Cannot Treat Skin Tone or Pigmentation Concerns
If your face has sun damage, dryness or hyperpigmentation, don’t expect your facelift to address these surface concerns. In most cases, your dull facial complexion and poor skin tone can be drastically improved with non-surgical treatments in facial rejuvenation as a compliment to your facelift surgery.
No, a Facelift Cannot Stop the Natural Aging Process
While a facelift can reverse the signs of aging within your face, it cannot stop the aging process altogether. We have yet to find the “fountain of youth.” For now, we only have surgeries, treatments, products and healthy habits that can reverse or delay facial aging. If you are getting a facelift, however, it is important to learn the ways in which you can maintain your results for as long as possible.
To learn more about what a facelift can and cannot do for you personally, please schedule a consult at Preserve your Pretty Skin and Body.