Not All Facelifts Are Created Equal
Article by Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
At Hall Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center, I see many patients considering facelift surgery. However, many of those patients have misconceptions about the surgery, and how to protect their investment for the long term. It is very important for patients to understand these misconceptions prior to surgery so they pick the right surgeon, and so they have lasting results.
One of the primary misconceptions I see is with the facelift procedure itself. Many still believe that the old techniques used in a standard facelift are still what plastic surgeons are doing today. Long gone are the days of prolonged down time post surgery, and permanent unnatural results. Today, qualified board certified plastic surgeons are versed in methods and techniques that are much less invasive, more natural, and require significantly less recovery. Surgeons nowadays should use techniques that discretely hide the incision used to lift the face, as well as techniques that maintain the natural line of your jaw and cheeks. It is also important for your surgeon to be clear about options to help speed up your recovery – not smoking, refraining from activities too soon after surgery, and having a thorough post surgery maintenance program of high quality skin care products and treatments should all be a part of your surgical experience.
Remember that facelifts are not cookie cutter procedures. There are benefits and tradeoffs to all the options when it comes to facelift surgery. It is important that you are the right candidate for whatever type of procedure you choose. Many times patients want to opt for a lesser procedure thinking it will look more natural, but the right procedure for the right patient is what will ultimately produce the best outcome, not necessarily the simplest.
Not every surgeon is qualified to provide this level of care to patients. That is why it is so important to find a board certified plastic surgeon who will discuss these options with you and with whom you feel comfortable. Your pre and post surgery care is just as important as the procedure itself. I always talk to my patients about protecting their investment. A facelift is a permanent change that according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on average has patients saying they look 12 years younger. But bad habits post surgery like smoking, drinking heavily, and spending too much time in the sun can directly impact the long term maintenance of a facelift. So be sure to talk to your doctor, make sure the procedure you are considering is right for you, and don’t forget to discuss long term surgery maintenance with good skin care products, facial treatments, and even laser rejuvenation. These are the keys to getting the best surgical outcome while maintaining a healthy and beautiful appearance post surgery that lasts.
Dr. Jeffrey W. Hall
Hall Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center