After more than twenty years as a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve developed a thorough understanding of just how important it is for patients to be knowledgeable about their procedure. Doing your research can help you decide what questions to ask during your consultation, know what to expect throughout the process, and weigh the risks and benefits in order to make informed decisions. Unfortunately, trying to educate yourself can backfire if you’re looking in the wrong places. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about plastic surgery, including my most popular procedure, the facelift, so to help patients and their loved ones find the information they need, I’m offering some clarification about eight of the most common facelift myths.
Myth #1: You’ll look like you’ve had a facelift.
Fact: There are many ways to perform a facelift, and while it is possible to make the results look “overdone,” plastic surgeons who specialize in facial procedures are skilled in producing natural-looking results. For patients who are especially focused on looking natural and keeping their surgery discrete, the minimally invasive Band Aid Facelift I developed is often the best option.
Myth #2: A facelift will “freeze” your face so you can’t show emotion.
Fact: Depending on your specific needs, facial muscles may be tightened and lifted during your surgery, but this will not prevent you from showing emotion or moving your face in the future. Generally, the more experience a plastic surgeon has in performing facelifts, the more likely it is that they will be able to produce the natural-looking results you want.
Myth #3: Facelifts are permanent.
Fact: While a facelift can take years off your appearance, there’s no way to completely stop the aging process, so as the years go by after your procedure, your skin will slowly lose firmness and new wrinkles will form. But there are ways to maintain your results for longer by addressing these new signs of aging as they arise, such as Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing and non-invasive Band Aid Skin Tightening.
Myth #4: Facelifts are only for older patients.
Fact: A traditional facelift may be most beneficial for patients whose aging has progressed far enough that a minimally invasive procedure won’t produce dramatic enough results, but a Band Aid mini facelift opens the door for younger patients (think late forties or fifties) who want to use these “lighter” surgeries to look their best for years to come.
Myth #5: Injections can give you the same results a facelift can.
Fact: Cosmetic facial injections are a valuable part of any plastic surgeon’s toolbox, but they’re more of a complement to facelifts than a replacement. While Botox®/Dysport® and facial fillers can be a perfect way to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, their results are temporary, and a facelift is the only way to remove excess sagging skin. This is why these injections are best suited for patients who are not yet ready for a facelift, or those who want to further enhance and maintain their facelift results.
Myth #6: A facelift is a common surgery, so any plastic surgeon can do it.
Fact: While any board-certified plastic surgeon has some degree of training in facelifts, some surgeons (myself included) have focused primarily on facial plastic surgery, and the more experienced a surgeon is in your particular procedure, the most likely you are to attain great results and a minimized risk of complications. The facelift is my passion, and as a result, I have concentrated much of my education and experience on this particular surgery.
Myth #7: Only women get facelifts.
Fact: There may be a stereotype that women are more concerned about their appearance, but plastic surgery is becoming more and more popular among men, and facelifts are no exception. In fact, more than 15,000 facelifts were performed on men in 2014.
Myth #8: A facelift affects your entire face.
Fact: Many facelifts actually focus on the lower half of the face, like the cheeks, chin, and jowl area. However, every patient’s procedure is unique to their needs, so the surgery can be focused on the area(s) you’re most concerned about.
It’s clear that patients who do their research before plastic surgery have the best of intentions and are taking the time to be sure they make the right decisions, but finding a reliable source is a crucial part of the process. For online research, look for a reputable medical organization, like the America Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, the best source of information for your specific case will be your consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Contact my office to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, or, to stay up-to-date on our latest news and special offers, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.