Facelift Myths and Facts

If there’s one plastic surgery procedure surrounded in misunderstanding, it’s the facelift. There are a lot of myths circulating around about this procedure and many people are just plain confused about what’s truth and what isn’t. Let’s clear up the rumors and shed some light on some common facelift myths. When you know the facts about the procedure you’ll see why more than 133,000 patients in the U.S. chose to have the procedure last year.

Myth #1- Facelifts are Only for Older Patients

Age isn’t a qualification for determining whether or not you’re ready for a facelift. Yes, the skin and muscles on the face loosen as the body ages and a facelift can correct this, but there is no one right age for a facelift. When you start to see the signs of aging, come in and talk with us about your options. In many cases facelifts on younger patients can produce subtle and age defying results.

Myth #2- They Might as Well Call it a “Fake”lift

Surely you’ve seen a few bad facelifts where the results were fake, pulled, or tight looking. These botched procedures fool many into thinking that a facelift is always noticeable when most of the time you’d never know unless the person told you about their surgery. An experienced, board certified plastic surgeon can use a facelift as a tool to make their patients look younger, more vibrant, and energized. You’ll look great, but no one will have to know your facelift secret unless you choose to tell them.

Myth #3- Facelift Recovery Takes Months

There is a recovery period after a facelift, but most patients find themselves back to normal after just one to two weeks, not months. To clear up another facelift myth, a well done facelift has minimal pain. We work with our patients to control any pain and discomfort using medication during the recovery period to ensure a restful and comfortable recovery. You’ll need to keep your head elevated for a couple of days and may experience bruising and swelling which will fade as you heal. Most patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for about two weeks after surgery.

Myth #4- Facelifts are One Size Fits All

Just as no two patients are the same, no two facelifts are the same. We will work with you to create an individualized plan that targets your specific problem areas. For some this means a full facelift, others might benefit from other procedures such as a brow lift or blepharoplasty. Patients with drooping neck skin may receive a procedure known as platysmaplasty which improves the appearance of the neck and tightens and lifts sagging skin in the neck area.

Myth #5- Only Women Get Facelifts

Men and women alike can benefit from the lifting power of a facelift. In 2013 approximately 10% of all facelifts were performed on men and the procedure actually made the top 5 list of male cosmetic procedures.

If you have questions about facelifts, we’ve got answers. Contact us today and schedule a consultation at 704-659-9000. We’ve seen the dramatic benefits that facelifts bring to our patients and want you to enjoy the same age defying results. Come see us today!