Common Facelift Myths Completely Debunked

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A facelift at our Idaho Falls plastic surgery center can take years off your appearance and provide beautiful, long-lasting results. However, some people remain wary of the facelift procedure, associating it with an unnatural or “windswept” look.

What many people don’t realize, however, is that by using today’s advanced techniques, an experienced and board-certified surgeon can make subtle, more natural-looking changes that improve your appearance to the degree you desire.

Let’s talk here about some other facelift myths to help you better understand the procedure.

Myth 1: Not many people get facelifts.

Not true! Facelift surgery is actually one of the most common procedures we perform at Freeman Plastic Surgery. We all lose elasticity in our skin as we age. And when our facial ligaments and muscles grow lax, we usually see wrinkles, folds, and droopy jowls. These extremely common issues can be improved through a facelift, and our patients love the refreshed look they gain from the procedure.

Myth 2: Facelift surgery is reserved for women and older patients.

Again, not true. Both women and men get facelifts, and we see a growing trend of people in their mid to late 30s and 40s seeking benefit from the procedure. Some want to correct genetically inherited issues while others chose to improve their aesthetic look before their physical aging is too far advanced. The most important criteria in having a facelift is not how old you are but rather what issues you want to address. Correcting facial aging issues earlier in life can prevent undesirable permanent conditions from developing. An earlier facelift can also provide subtle, natural-looking results that you can enjoy during some of your most active years.

Myth 3: All facelifts are done the same way.

Years ago, facelifts were primarily done by stretching the skin across the face. While this technique reduced wrinkles and folds, the results often produced a pulled look and didn’t last as long as desired. The modern facelift is more effective because it addresses the ligaments and soft tissues under the skin to produce more natural-looking and longer-term results.

Myth 4: Facelift surgery affects your whole face.

It is correct that a full facelift addresses both the face and neck. However, the good news is that by using today’s range of surgical techniques, we can customize your facelift to very specific areas. For example, we can provide a lower or mid-facelift, a neck lift, or a temporal lift, depending on your area of concern. You can even combine a targeted facelift with nonsurgical treatments to optimize your overall appearance.

Myth 5: Facelifts require a long recovery.

Because a facelift is a surgical procedure, it does require a bit of downtime. A modern facelift uses tiny incisions to speed the healing process. Most patients only have to take off work for about a week and then can return to normal daily activities. Any residual swelling or bruising typically resolves over the next few weeks.

If you want to learn more about your facelift options, please contact us to request your consultation.


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