Why the Facelift Is the Gold Standard for Facial Rejuvenation
Deciding to undergo plastic surgery is a big decision. After all, it is your face and you want to make sure that you are making the right decision about the type of procedure you’re going for. With that said, you need to know what you hope to accomplish from your surgery. Do you want to get rid of wrinkles? Do you want tighter skin? Are you looking to drastically change your facial features? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before deciding on plastic surgery.
If you’re looking for a complete facial rejuvenation, you may consider getting a facelift. While it may seem intimidating at first, once you understand what the procedure can do and how it can take years off your face, you’ll see why it’s such a highly respected surgery for facial rejuvenation.
What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?
When we’re younger, our skin is more likely to bounce back and be more elastic. If you move, your skin doesn’t sag.
But, as we age, our skin begins to lose elasticity. Instead of bouncing back into place, it begins to sag and droop. When this happens, the only way to fix it is to take away the extra skin. Some people think that fillers and injectables can do this for them. While those procedures are good quick fixes to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, they can’t correct drooping skin. They are also not permanent. People who get Botox often go back for another treatment after the effects wear off.
This is why a facelift is often referred to as the gold standard for facial rejuvenation. It’s the only way to get rid of excess skin and take years off your appearance in the process. A facelift recontours the face and gives it a fresh look.
Is There a “Right Age” for a Facelift?
The age to get a facelift will vary from patient to patient because everyone’s skin ages differently. Some people opt for a facelift in their forties, while others wait until their fifties or sixties. For those who get a facelift on the earlier side, they get an enhanced look that may be better than if they waited until they were older. The skin may have just started to droop versus skin that is obviously sagging.
Loose skin around the neck and drooping jowls are often the most common signs that lead people to get facelifts. Also, if you look in the mirror and feel as though your appearance is ten years older than your actual age, it may be time to start thinking about how a facelift can help reverse the signs of aging.
What Happens During a Facelift?
During a facelift, the skin and soft tissues from the cheekbones to collar bones are tightened. To do this, an incision is usually placed in the natural creases in front and behind the ear. This helps to make the results unnoticeable and natural-looking. The skin is then elevated off of the underlying soft tissues. Once this is done the tissues are then re-draped and the extra tissue is removed. This helps to give people a natural and youthful appearance and improve the jowl line and neck.
Once the procedure is complete, patients can expect some swelling and bruising during their recovery. Although recovery time varies from patient to patient, most can return to work within 10-14 days of their surgery.
How Long Will a Facelift Last?
A facelift will last anywhere between 7 and 10 years, depending on the patient. Many patients say they look 10 years younger after getting their facelift. Despite these results, some opt for touch-ups down the road to improve their look even more. Once you begin working with a plastic surgeon you trust, they can advise you whether a touch-up procedure can help to maintain your look.
Are You Considering a Facelift?
If you’re looking for information on facelifts and want to know more about how one can improve your appearance, contact Dr. Keith Ladner. Dr. Ladner has done countless facelifts and can give you expert advice. He is also double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. Call the office today at (303) 253-7686 or go online to schedule a consultation to see why so many people turn to Dr. Ladner when they want a facelift.