3 Myths About Facelift Surgery
Article by Joseph N. Togba, MD
Oakland Plastic Surgeon
1. Facelifts do not look natural, like your face has been blown by the wind.
The truth is that there are various types of facelift procedures depending on the amount of sagging in the skin. Not all candidates require a full facelift. They range from the Neck lift, Mini-facelift, Limited Incision Facelift to the full Facelift. If you were going to have a procedure, imagine your skin and underlying tissue being gently lifted back to the proper position. In essence, your results should look like a younger, rejuvenated version of yourself. Fact: You may have friends or have seen people in passing that have already had facelifts. A great result means you will not know unless told. In our practice, we have our patients bring personal photos in their younger years to their consultation. This is a good visual to show patients what to expect with their results. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon will explain which procedure is right for you.
2. A Neck lift should take care of my jowls.
A neck lift is designed to remove fat and skin from under the chin and tighten superficial neck muscles only. It will not rejuvenate the jawline or cheek area as will a facelift. (A facelift will address the cheek, Jawline, and neck area).
3. Any physician that advertises a facial surgery should be qualified to perform a facelift.
There are cosmetic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and plastic surgeons that perform facial procedures. To ensure you are seeing a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, check out The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and see if your doctor is a member. Also, ask your primary care or close friends for a referral. During your consultation, make sure the doctor fully explains the procedure and shows several before and after photos of his/her work. Ask how many he/she performed.
Facelifts require artistry, skill and experience. Finding the right plastic surgeon will ensure the best results.