Facelift surgery continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause regularly meets with patients who are interested in turning back the clock on their facial appearance with facelift. He is also aware that there are many myths and misconceptions floating around regarding the procedure. The trusted plastic surgeon does his utmost to inform his patients what is fact and what is fiction with regard to facelift surgery, and answer their questions as thoroughly as possible.
In this blog post, Dr. Hause shares the truth behind the most common myths about facelift.
Myth: Facelift Is Permanent
While an expertly performed facelift can last for many years, it is not considered permanent. What’s more, facelift can effectively take 10 to 15 years off your appearance, but it cannot stop the aging process altogether. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prolong your results including moisturizing regularly, applying sunscreen and not smoking. Undergoing injectable treatments with Botox or dermal fillers can help maintain your youthful and beautiful appearance.
Myth: Botox Achieves the Same Results as Facelift
Botox and other injectable treatments have been on the rise in recent years because of their ability to rejuvenate the facial appearance without surgery. However, it is important to know that Botox does not always achieve the same results as facelift. Botox is effective for treating facial lines and wrinkles and is commonly used for treating “crow’s feet,” the branching wrinkles around the outer corners of the eyes. It cannot treat lax skin, muscle tone loss or fat displacement. Facelift is considered to be the gold standard in facial rejuvenation because it comprehensively addresses signs of facial aging in the middle and lower facial areas, including loose, saggy skin, muscle tone loss and displaced fat. And while facelift does treat various facial lines and wrinkles, it cannot treat “crow’s feet” or other aging concerns in the upper facial area.
Myth: Facelift Will Make Me Look Fake and Unnatural
This is where the experience and skill of your plastic surgeon matters. An expert plastic surgeon is knowledgeable of the advanced facelift techniques required to achieve natural-looking results. The plastic surgeon must also possess an artistic eye and understand just how much correction each patient needs. When done correctly, facelift should not result in an unnatural or overly pulled look. Instead, the patient should look like a younger version of themselves.