In recent years, the use of injectable treatments has become quite common. Injectables can rejuvenate the face without any downtime and at a lower up-front cost than plastic surgery. Also, injectables achieve the most natural-looking results. This is what many people believe, anyway. However far we’ve come since the early days of facelift surgery, people still imagine that there is a possibility that, if they have facial plastic surgery, they won’t look like themselves anymore. We can understand the validity of this idea. Unfortunately, there is more than one high-profile celebrity we’ve seen who’s had bad plastic surgery. More often than not, though, and when performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, facial rejuvenation via surgery can be incredibly rewarding. Here, we discuss one of the most common concerns that patients have about a facelift.
Will I Still be Me?
The goal of a facelift is to restore the proportions of the face to its previous glory. A facelift does not change facial anatomy; it works with it. To achieve the best results, our doctors perform facelift surgery using underlying anatomy as a guide. They operate within a deeper plane of tissue, one in which muscle and fat may have lost contour. This shift in plastic surgery has made a significant difference in patient outcomes. Those early facelifts that left patients looking tight and windblown are a thing of the past. Today, surgeons can obtain advanced training in the latest and most efficient techniques. Both of our surgeons have, by the way. You can see the benefits of their training by viewing our before and after gallery.
Current techniques for facelift procedures address unique concerns. For example, the standard facelift technique that has been popular for years may do wonders for loose jowls but may not improve mid-face contour as much as is needed to achieve the proportions that exhibit youthfulness. The standard facelift may also do very little, if anything, for loose skin on the neck. Our double board-certified surgeons perform comprehensive techniques that observe and honor the contours from the mid-face to the neck to restore proper angles.
Facelift surgery is performed using deep sedation. Depending on the degree of lifting and tightening a patient needs, surgery can last from 3 to 5 hours. To achieve more profound rejuvenation, patients may combine their facelift with other procedures. Examples include brow lift surgery or blepharoplasty to eliminate undereye bags or hooded upper eyelids. A facelift may also improve facial contours by inserting a chin implant or moving fat from one area of the body to a place like the cheeks or lips.
With all of the techniques that a facelift involves, we can see why a patient might worry that they won’t look like themselves after surgery. Rest assured, the whole reason a skilled surgeon has so many techniques to choose from is because the variety enables them to preserve each patient’s beautiful, authentic appearance.
Look like you, only younger. Contact us at 801.776.2220 to schedule a visit at our Draper or Layton office.