It goes without saying that every facelift patient wants their results to look the best they can. The challenge, though, is finding the right surgeon to accomplish it. Every plastic surgeon has before and after pictures of his/her patients, but there is much more to a great facelift than the initial impression you get from a photo. I specialize in facelifts, mini facelifts (specifically the in-office Band Aid Mini Facelift I developed 20 years ago), and other types of facial rejuvenation. With all this experience, I’ve developed a keen understanding of exactly what makes an ideal result.
#1: A Natural Look
Whether you’re telling all your family and friends about your facelift or, like most people who have had facial plastic surgery, you want to keep it private, no one wants to look like they’ve “had work done.” There is a stereotype that a face lift will make your skin look overly tight, or make it look like you’re standing in a wind tunnel. Rest assured that when it’s done well with modern techniques, a facelift should simply make you look like a naturally younger you. I’ve put more focus on achieving this natural yet youthful look in the innovative surgery I developed, the Band Aid Mini Facelift. Performed in-office using gentle numbing, this procedure requires less downtime and is ideal for patients with a mild to moderate degree of sagging skin who want to focus on a natural look.
#2: Minimal Scarring
Scars are simply a part of surgery, and they can’t be 100% avoided. However, skillful surgical techniques and well-planned incision placement can allow you to have only subtle scars from your facelift. They are generally disguised within the natural creases of the face around the ears and/or within the hairline, depending on the areas of the face where your surgery will focus.
#3: Results that Last
No surgery (or anything, for that matter) can prevent future aging from occurring. However, some face lifts do produce more long-lasting results than others. For a facelift to both look natural and have the long life that it should, it needs to focus not just on the skin but on the underlying facial tissue that shifts with age as well. This is even done during my minimally invasive Band Aid Mini Facelift. As a patient who is looking for a facelift surgeon, be sure to ask for testimonials from patients who had their facelift years ago, in addition to more recent patients, to make sure the results will last. Sometimes with facial plastic surgery, testimonials or even speaking with a past patient is best, because many patients don’t want their surgery known and would prefer a more private conversation.
#4: Results that Still Look Like You
Even though you may not like the way your appearance has aged, facelift patients don’t want to come out of surgery looking like an entirely different person. My goal is always to essentially take a patient back to the way they looked about ten years ago, so that they look younger and more refreshed, but they still look like themselves. This is something to look for when you’re comparing surgeons’ facelift before and after photos as well – make sure that their patients don’t all look the same in their “after” photos. Look for subtle differences and improvements.
Every facelift patient is unique, but they all have the same goal: to restore their appearance to a younger look that makes them feel confident. To meet that goal, I focus on all four of the standards above and more to help each and every patient become their most confident and beautiful self. If you’re ready to get started on your rejuvenating journey, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy to learn your options.