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Myths and Facts About Facelifts

More than 200,000 facelifts are performed across the country every year, making it one of the most popular surgical procedures available. 

If you’re looking for an effective way to turn back the clock but are worried about the recovery associated with facelifts and looking like you’ve had work done, read on. Facelifts aren’t reserved for older people or women only. 

With advancements in surgical techniques and a shift towards natural-looking results, facelifts offer a very real solution if you’re seeking facial rejuvenation and injectables just aren’t giving you the results you want. 

Here at The Aesthetic Surgery Center, our renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Elliott H. Rose, performs expert facelifts that create stunning, natural-looking results. 

Let’s dispel some of the myths surrounding facelifts so you can make an informed decision about whether the procedure is what you need to reach your aesthetic goals. 

Myth #1: Facelifts are only for the elderly

Fact: While facelifts are often associated with reversing the signs of aging in people who are 60+, they are not exclusively for older people. People younger than 54 are increasingly signing up for this surgery.

Younger patients seek facelifts to address the early signs of aging and enhance their facial features. When you’re younger, your skin heals faster and the results look more natural.

Myth #2: Facelifts look unnatural

Fact: The stereotypical image of a tight, pulled-back face after a facelift is outdated. Modern facelift techniques used here at the Aesthetic Surgery Center prioritize natural-looking results. 

Dr. Rose uses methods such as deep plane and SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) lifts, which lift and reposition underlying facial tissues, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance without the "windblown" effect.

Myth #3: Facelifts are painful and require lengthy recovery

Fact: While any surgical procedure involves some discomfort, advancements in anesthesia and surgical techniques have significantly reduced pain and recovery time when it comes to facelifts. Many patients report mild to moderate discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. 

Recovery times vary but typically range from 1-2 weeks before returning to light activities. You’ll be ready for most activities within 30 days. While it can take up to 6 months to see the full results of your facelift, you’ll be feeling and looking noticeably rejuvenated after 4-6 weeks. 

Myth #4: Facelifts are permanent

Fact: While facelifts provide long-lasting results, they do not halt the natural aging process. Factors such as genetics, lifestyle choices, and sun exposure continue to affect the skin's appearance over time. However, a well-executed facelift can provide significant improvement that lasts for many years, and maintenance procedures like injectables can further prolong results.

Myth #5: Only women get facelifts

Fact: The desire to look youthful and refreshed is not a women-only thing. More men are seeking cosmetic procedures, including facelifts, to maintain a competitive edge in the workplace and boost self-confidence. Dr. Rose tailors male facelifts to preserve masculine features and achieve natural-looking results.

Myth #6: Facelifts are only for the face

Fact: While the primary focus of a facelift is facial rejuvenation, we can also target other areas such as the neck and jawline. Combination procedures like neck lifts and liposuction complement the results of a facelift. Dr. Rose wants you to get a comprehensively more youthful and attractive appearance.

We can help you understand whether a facelift is right for you. Call today with questions or use our website to book your consultation and find out how a facelift can transform your look. 

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