There’s nowhere on your body that more prominently displays early signs of aging quite like the face. Because faces are the focal point of almost all human interaction, it’s also one of the first things people will notice when you first meet them. The face’s very important role in both verbal and non-verbal communication makes it easy to understand why so many people choose to have a facelift, or rhytidectomy, to improve their confidence.
However, despite the potential to transform the face and remove decades from the appearance, there are several myths that are perpetuated to prevent people from choosing the facelift even when they’d really like to improve their appearance. This post is for anyone who has ever heard something from a friend, read something, or saw something on TV that made them reconsider a facelift. There are a lot of myths out there about the procedure; in this post, we’ll debunk five of the most common.
1. Facelifts Are Only for Women
Men and women deserve to look and feel their best. A healthy sense of self-confidence can impact a person’s life—male or female—in some profound ways. Facelifts for men can help restore a more masculine jawline and get rid of tired, sagging skin around the face. Based on the number of men we see asking for them lately, we think the message is starting to get through – facelifts are for men and women alike!
2. Facelifts Are Only for Older People
Unfortunately, many people put off scheduling a facelift consultation because they don’t think they’re old enough to have one. This can be a destructive myth for some because it can affect the depth of results possible and how long it takes to heal and recover after the procedure. Everyone ages differently, so if you’re interested in a facelift, schedule a consultation and let a plastic surgeon determine if it’s too early or just the right time to have one.
3. Everyone Can Tell When You’ve Had a Facelift
This harmful myth about facelifts almost certainly originates from punchlines in pop culture. But rest assured that your plastic surgeon absolutely wants your facelift to look as natural as possible. Botched celebrity surgeries tend to get a lot more notice and skew the reality of cosmetic surgery. The truth is, there are a lot more people walking around, celebrities included, who have had facelifts than most people realize.
4. Injectables Such as Botox® Can Achieve the Same Results as a Facelift
“Liquid facelifts,” a term used to describe the combined use of fillers and other injectables to rejuvenate the face, are often thought to produce the same results as a surgical facelift. While injectables and fillers can achieve some pretty amazing results, they cannot do the same things surgery can do as they don’t address the underlying muscle and connective tissues of the face. In terms of results, injectables and fillers also have a much shorter lifespan than a surgical facelift.
5. All Facial Plastic Surgeons Are the Same
Training, education, techniques, and artistic talent can vary quite a bit among plastic surgeons. At Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we recommend taking your time to select a surgeon you feel comfortable with as they are not all the same. Ask to see some before and after pictures of your surgeon’s work, get a sense of their approach to post-surgical care, and make sure it feels as if you’re going into your procedure with someone you trust.
Thinking About a Facelift to Rejuvenate Your Youthful Look?
As you can see, many of the things people commonly worry about when considering a facelift just aren’t true. There’s a lot of misinformation that gets tossed around in pop culture and the media that becomes persistent, stubborn myth. If you’re thinking about a facelift procedure to turn back the clock and rejuvenate your youthful appearance, make sure you choose a highly-skilled, experienced plastic surgeon for your consultation.
Call Zochowski Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Columbus, OH at (314) 490-7500 to schedule your facelift consultation today. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to send us a message through our website.