From Zoom meetings to real life interactions with friends and family, our faces are the most important focal points in terms of establishing contact with others. When the signs of aging such as creases, lines, and wrinkles as well as volume loss and sagging become evident, it is easy to understand why so many clients turn to cosmetic surgery to help them look and feel more youthful. 

Facelift surgery can beautifully restore tighter, firmer skin, increased definition in the jawline, and an overall more rested and relaxed countenance.

Despite the popularity of facelift surgery and the millions of successful procedures performed worldwide, there are still quite a few myths and misconceptions surrounding the surgery, which we will address in more detail below. 

Misconception #1: Facelifts are only for women

While in the past women were the first patients to embrace cosmetic enhancement, today, clients of all genders are enjoying the many benefits of facelift surgery, which can improve one’s appearance, self-confidence, and overall quality of life. Men especially are discovering the advantages of plastic surgery in terms of bringing their A-game to their work and social lives.

Misconception #2: Facelifts are only for people of a certain age

Many patients begin to see age-related sagging and volume loss in their 40s but they may not realize they are eligible for a facelift. It can actually lead to better results when you address skin ptosis earlier rather than later, so it’s never too soon to schedule an appointment with your plastic surgeon and find out what your options are. Conversely, some may be concerned that they are simply too old to undergo a facelift. The truth is, candidacy for a facelift has more to do with overall health than age. As long as you are of sound mind and body and your expectations are realistic, you will probably qualify for a facelift.


Misconception #3: You can get the same results non-surgically 

While non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers, SkinTyte, and ultherapy have come a long way in terms of their efficacy, there is simply no substitute for a surgical facelift. The facelift remains the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, thanks to its long-lasting results (facelifts can last 7-15 years) and its ability to achieve dramatic improvements in the jawline, midface, and upper neck. Facelifts can address not only the surface of the skin, but also the underlying muscle groups, promoting youthfulness from within.


Misconception #4: People will be able to tell you’ve had a facelift

There are many jokes in movies and TV shows about facelifts gone wrong and patients appearing overly pulled or tight. In truth, a skilled plastic surgeon with an eye for artistry will be able to deliver a result that looks natural and seamless. Your outcome will be tailored to your unique facial contours. Don’t let your fears of a negative result keep you from exploring facial rejuvenation with an experienced, reputable surgeon who understands subtlety and nuance.


Misconception #5: Every plastic surgeon is the same

Surgeons vary widely in their training, skill, artistry, demeanor, approach, techniques, and aesthetic sensibilities. It’s important that you work with someone you trust who will answer your questions and craft a treatment plan that is customized to your needs. You should be able to view previous before and after photos and also read testimonials from former patients. This will give you a well-rounded idea of what you can expect going forward.


What is the takeaway?

Choosing to undergo a facelift is a personal decision but one that should be made after objectively reviewing the pros and cons and doing ample research on your plastic surgeon. If you are looking to improve your appearance, don’t let misconceptions hold you back from exploring among the most effective anti-aging tools on the market. Call Dr. Stephens today and schedule a private consultation to learn more about whether a facelift is right for you.

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