Facelift surgery has been a standard technique to reduce the signs of aging that affect the face. It has been said that a facelift can make the face look ten years younger, with fewer wrinkles on the cheeks and neck, a smoother jawline, and fuller cheeks. Unfortunately, this isn’t all that’s been said about facelift surgery. More than what has been said about facelifts, it is what we can see that may make us apprehensive.
We’ve all seen the results of certain celebrity facelifts. It is only natural to look at some of these people and think “if they couldn’t get a good facelift with all the money they have, then all facelifts must make the face look tight and unnatural.” This is actually the most common myth about facelift surgery. We want to dispel it, along with a few others.
- Facelifts look unnatural. A facelift doesn’t have to leave you with stretched skin, puffy lips, and overly pronounced cheeks. Dr. Krummen is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who uses modern techniques to gently lift tissue on the face and neck to a position that is tightened just enough to look better but not look “done.”
- Facelift recovery is long and painful. It’s true that facelifts, like other surgical procedures, will cause some bruising and swelling. However, pain is another story. Facelift patients are prescribed pain medication that, when taken as directed, can significantly blunt discomfort. Swelling and bruising may appear bad for a few days but are usually diminished so much after two weeks that patients can return to work.
- Facelift results are permanent. The results of a facelift will last, that is true. In fact, one study demonstrated strong results holding well after nearly six years. However, the aging process continues after this procedure and will do so at its own pace. People who smoke, sit in the sun, or use alcohol and tobacco frequently may notice the signs of aging appearing sooner than those who implement lifestyle strategies to slow cosmetic aging.
Facelift surgery is popular among men and women of all ages (more myths busted!). If the signs of facial aging are a distraction from your best self-image, learn more about the surgical procedure that can correct what concerns you. Schedule a consultation in our Cincinnati office at 513.985.0850.