Thinking About a Facelift? 3 Reasons (You Don’t Need One)


Actually, I can give you just one reason: No one “needs” a facelift. But now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk about it. The fact is, a facelift is surgery, and surgery should never be taken lightly. At the same time, if you’re spending a lot of time in your cosmetic surgeon’s office with injectables and other non-surgical treatments and still wondering when you’re going to finally achieve the younger face you remember, it may be time to talk about a surgical solution. In this blog series, I’m going to take you through the facelift process start to finish. This first one is dedicated to the initial stages: the consult and approach.

  1. An Individual Approach
    We can thank genetics and lifestyle/sun exposure that no two faces look or age the same way. As such, every potential facelift candidate needs to have a detailed, thoughtful consultation with his or her surgeon before knowing if a facelift really is the solution, and if so, the specific approach that will deliver desired results. 
  2. No, It’s Not Your Mama’s Facelift
    Because no two faces are alike, no two facelift surgeries are exactly alike either. As I explained in a previous blog about the The New Spectrum of Facelifting (, the days of a facelift simply being a one-size-fits-all facelift are long gone. Today, facelifts come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, from the mini lift and the mid-face lift, to the lower lift, the neck lift, the brow lift and, yes, the whole enchilada lift. Which type is right for you? This is one of the primary consult discussions based on your goals and professional evaluation.
  3. Better Together
    Along with these options for facelift “flavors” comes the reality that surgery is often best complemented with non-surgical solutions to add finesse to the overall result. While surgery does the heavy lifting (literally), Botox or Dysport help to soften fine lines and wrinkles (and help to prevent future ones!); Voluma, Sculptra or fat transfer can be used to replace youthful volume to the cheeks; and laser resurfacing or chemical peels can anti-age the skin itself.

After a your consultation, you should walk away feeling like your proposed treatment plan has been designed just for you. You should also be fully confident that your doctor has the expertise, experience and proven results necessary to perform your procedure safely. If you are unclear on either of these, be sure to follow up with all of your questions or concerns.

Consultation Tips:

  • Arrive at your consultation with a list of questions you’d like to have answered and a picture that shows your face during more youthful years.
  • Carefully review facelift patient before and after pictures and don’t hold back comments, reactions, hopes or concerns. 
  • Be open to hearing professional recommendations before making any decisions.
  • Don’t feel pressured to make a same-day decision. Take the time to think things through and be confident in whatever decision you make.
  • Follow up with any questions you have about your treatment plan. 

Dr. M
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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon