Myths and Facts About Facelifts

Facelifts rank in the top five cosmetic procedures, yet facelift surgery remains surrounded by myths that make people shy away from rejuvenating their appearance.

At Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton, we talk with many patients who express similar concerns, so we’ve devoted this blog to debunking five of those facelift myths.

Myth 1: Facelifts look stiff and unnatural

This myth originated from patients who ended up with an uncomfortably tight, wind-tunnel look after their facelift surgery. The sad fact is that a facelift can leave you with less-than-desirable results if your surgery isn’t done properly. You can count on a fabulous, natural-looking facelift when Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS, performs your procedure. 

We begin by talking with you about the changes you envision. As we learn the details about what you want, we can tailor your surgery to meet your expectations.

Beyond understanding your goals, the technique used during a facelift is the real key to crafting natural-looking results. We have years of experience doing it the right way. 

We don’t just lift your skin. We lift and tighten the muscles and reposition the cushioning fat before tightening your skin. As a result, your skin has the same support and appearance as when you were younger — before aging made the tissue loosen and sag.

Myth 2: Facelifts require a hospital stay

You may be surprised to know that facelifts are often performed as outpatient procedures. Though most people can go home the same day, we offer the option of a private, luxurious overnight suite.

Whether you don’t feel up to going home or you simply want extra time to recuperate while receiving ongoing medical care, you can stay in our beautiful, fully accredited facility.

Myth 3: Facelifts are one-size-fits-all

By definition, a facelift focuses on the lower two-thirds of your face. Facelifts do a great job of eliminating:

But your facelift is always customized to target your problem areas. You may need one of the items on that list or all of them. Plus, we can do other procedures along with your facelift, such as a neck lift, brow lift, or eyelid surgery.

Here at Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton, you have another option called The SmarterLift™. We pioneered this innovative facelift technique to give you many of the same benefits of a full facelift but with half the recovery time.

Myth 4: Facelifts are only for older women

Facelifts were once viewed as a procedure for older women, but times have changed. Men come to us for help with many of the same problems that plague women, such as a double chin, wrinkles, or fat that has accumulated in unattractive pockets.

Everyone ages at a different pace, so there’s no standard age for a facelift. We see people in their 40s and 50s who want the changes made possible through cosmetic surgery.

Myth 5: I can get the same results from Botox® and fillers

Botox and fillers are injectables that produce good results, but they primarily target facial wrinkles. And with Botox and the most common fillers, hyaluronic acid products, your results last three months to a year.

By comparison, a facelift takes care of much more than wrinkles and on average, produces results you’ll love for 7-10 years. Unfortunately, nothing can stop aging. After about 10 years, the age-related changes in your skin will once again start to show.

It’s important to remember that other variables also can affect the long-term results of a facelift. For example, unprotected exposure to sunlight and smoking cigarettes causes more rapid skin degeneration.

If you’re thinking about a facelift or if you have questions about the best treatment to rejuvenate your appearance, call Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton or request an appointment online.

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