With so much information out there about facelifts and facelift alternatives, separating the facts from fiction can sometimes be difficult. To help you find the accurate answers you’re looking for, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about getting a facelift, how to tell if a facelift could be right for you, and the best way to achieve long-lasting results.
Can facial exercises work as well as a facelift?
There has been a multitude of misleading information lately around performing various facial exercises in order to tone and tighten your face, much like your working out at the gym can tone and tighten your abs or biceps. Unfortunately, the two concepts are very different.
Signs of skin aging like lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin can actually be worsened by repetitive and consistent facial movements. Unfortunately, no amount of facial exercise is going to be able to combat these common signs of aging. If these are your main cosmetic concerns, a facelift or other minimally invasive alternatives like injectable treatments are most likely going to be your best options.
How do I know if it’s the right time for a facelift?
So if facial exercises aren’t going to do the trick, how do you decide if it might be time to commit to a facelift? If your self-confidence is impacted by the appearance of sagging skin or deep lines and creases, or if minimally invasive treatments don’t seem to be cutting it anymore, a facelift may be the most beneficial treatment.
There is no age cutoff for getting a facelift, as long as you are in general good health, just about anyone at any age could be a good candidate for this procedure. You know it’s time for a facelift is when you are not content with the appearance of your neck and jawline. There is nothing short of a facelift that corrects the loose skin and neck muscles and extra fat under the chin like a well-performed facelift done by an experienced plastic surgeon.
What’s recovery from a facelift procedure like?
For the first few days after your facelift, plan on taking it easy and having someone else around to help you. The general recovery period is usually about 10 days, and stitches are usually removed after the first week. Most patients tend to feel comfortable returning to work and other normal activities around the two-week mark.
To support your recovery process, make sure you’re eating healthy, nourishing foods, are getting plenty of rest and are following your plastic surgeon’s specific recovery guidelines.
How long will facelift results last?
No plastic surgeon can precisely guarantee the length your results will last. The effects of most facelifts typically last for years before a touch-up might be needed. To maintain your results even further, try to reasonably limit sun exposure, wear sunscreen, eat a healthy diet and talk to your healthcare team about which skincare products are right for you.
What should I look for in a facelift plastic surgeon?
If you think a facelift could be right for you, the first step is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. Look for both board certification and extensive experience performing plastic surgeries like facelift and eyelid surgery when narrowing down your search.
A board-certified plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which is the only board the American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes to certify doctors in the full range of plastic and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Laliberte at Radiance Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon and additionally, a Harvard-trained specialist in surgical face procedures. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific frame, goals and circumstances.