Facelift | Is It Worth It ?

faceliftFacelift is one of the terms that is most often misused and interchanged when speaking about cosmetic plastic surgery. Of course, in its simplest form it would mean lifting the skin on the face. But, in reality it is so much more. Patients are rarely confused as to whether or not they are a candidate for facelift because it is rather straightforward.

Facelift Value and Choices

When there’s loose and lax skin on the face and the aging process is well underway then a facelift can make a measurable difference. It is important for patients to understand that the type of facelift that is needed, genetics, lifestyle choices, and the skill of the surgeon will all be determining factors in and aesthetically pleasing result that meets or exceeds the expectation of the patient. Dr. Seify explains to patients who are considering facelift that they must first consider their aesthetic desires. For example, are they considering a long-term result or a short term “fix”? Depending upon their age, is this the first facelift and do they intend for it to be their last? This is important because a quick fix will likely have temporary results and in order for patients to be happy with their decision they have to be willing to accept a temporary result by either having another surgery if the need arises, or living with the differences in the results as the patient ages. The key factor to remember when considering a facelift, is that after a facelift, the patient will continue to age. This means that the skin laxity will continue to be affected as well as the underlying tissue and muscles. This means that facelift results are not permanent.

Facelift Patients Likely To Be Pleased

Overwhelmingly, studies have shown that patients who choose a facelift tend to look 7 to 10 years younger than their stated age for the rest of their life. A true facelift(not a modified facelift or superficial skin tightening) incorporates tightening muscle, tissue, and skin. It includes the neck area, the jaw line and up through the brow. Most patients incorporate a brow lift and blepharoplasty for the best aesthetic overall appearance. A facelift remains the best value because of long-term results patients can expect. Dr. Seify encourages patients to schedule a consultation to discuss available facial rejuvenation options.

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