It is horrifying some of the things we see in the media; some photographs we see of facelifts that look like facelifts. And I think most people are frightened of looking different. They want to look like themselves. They do not want to look pulled too tight, overdone. They don't want to scream facelift when they walk into a room and that's the number one concern really. And what we have to do is educate them because there are many, many patients out there that have had great surgery that you don't see but it's like the plane crash catches the attention and the good facelifts go unseen as they should.

We have to reinforce that with patients and then go over ways to help them understand what their realistic expectations should be. There's always an element, a little element of guilt I think in patients seeking cosmetic surgery of any kind including the facelift but it is something that help people feel better about themselves and we're particularly seeing this as people are working longer. They want to look as good as they feel. They are tired of being told they look tired, so this is a way. And I've had many patients tell me this and I know my colleagues have received the same feedback. It will give the patient an extra 10 years they feel of good solid work and they feel much more confident in their particular workplace.

It is vanity, in a sense but it's much more than that, it's a step. Let's face it, none of us get up in the morning and look, go to our closet and try to find something that doesn't make us look quite so good. I know that's a leap to where we're going but we all want to look good and feel good about ourselves and this is one of the ways that we can do it.

The Best Facelift Is the One You Don't Notice

Dr. Leo McCafferty explains the benefits of a facelift beyond the physical changes.