Nonsurgical facial treatments, also known as aesthetic treatments, may be rapidly increasing in popularity, but conventional facelift surgery remains a very strong contender, particularly amongst people who are looking for a permanent anti-aging solution that delivers exceptional results. Indeed, aesthetic treatments like Botox and dermal fillers only produce temporary and often subtle effects. If you are looking for a truly transformative anti-aging treatment, a facelift is an obvious choice.
A facelift is a surgical procedure that sees the facial skin separated from the underlying structures of the face and lifted and pulled back so that fits much more closely to the natural contours. This eliminates deep wrinkles, folds, and sagging and creates greater definition around the nose, cheekbones, and jawline. The skin is secured in place using sutures, which are then bandaged. Excess skin is cut away and discarded. The effects of a facelift can be dramatic and take years off of your appearance. But, how do you ensure that you get the best surgical results from your procedure?
CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLASTIC SURGEON
One of the most important things to consider is who you are going to get to perform your facelift surgery. There are lots of cosmetic surgeons out there, but this doesn’t mean that they all have the same level of skill and experience when it comes to every surgery. It’s imperative that you choose someone who is an expert at facelift surgery and has the experience and reviews to prove it. Any good surgeon will be happy to show you before and after photographs of their work which demonstrates their ability and confidence in dealing with issues such as asymmetrical features on the face. And don’t forget to look at independent reviews online as well as any testimonials that they may show you.
EVALUATING YOUR SUITABILITY FOR A FACELIFT
Another way of ensuring that you get the best possible surgical result from your facelift is to make sure that it is the right procedure for you in the first place. This is something that your surgeon will determine at your consultation. While facelifts are suitable for the majority of people, it’s not necessarily going to be the best solution for the issues that are bothering you. Your surgeon will ask you what you are hoping to achieve and will assess the health, quality, and laxity of your skin to see if you are a good candidate for a facelift.
PREPARATION IS KEY
Much of the outcome of your facelift relies on your willingness to take steps to prepare your body for the surgery. Your chosen surgeon will give you a list of pre-operative instructions to follow, such as drinking plenty of water to hydrate your skin and stopping smoking, since smoking inhibits the healing process and dries out the skin. You may also be advised to undergo skin preparation treatment such as microdermabrasion or microneedling before your treatment to help tighten the skin further.
DECIDING IF YOU WOULD BENEFIT FROM ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
Volume loss is a major problem for most people who choose to undergo a facelift procedure. As we get older, fat, and bone from the face naturally diminish, and this can cause a deflated and saggy appearance that makes us look older than we really are. Some patients would benefit from having their facelift combined with dermal fillers or another volume-boosting solution that will plump out the face and smooth the overlying skin to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. This will help to boost the overall result of your facelift procedure.
CARING FOR YOUR NEW FACE AFTER A FACELIFT
Once you’ve had your facelift, you’ll need to adhere to the instructions provided to you by your surgical team which will tell you how to take care of your wounds and your skin. Following these are critical to minimizing your risk of complications as well as ensuring that you achieve the best possible cosmetic outcome to your procedure. Even after your new face has healed, you’ll need to take good care of yourself to keep your facelift looking fantastic for as long as possible. This means moisturizing, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and wearing SPF every time you step outside.
If you’d like more tips on how to get the best surgical results from a facelift or to schedule a consultation to discuss this procedure, don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable team.