Poor facelifts. Their reputation has been tarnished by over-the-top Hollywood stars who pull and pinch their face, where they can end up looking fake – whether it’s intentional or not! The team here at Cairns Plastic Surgery know that this is truly an exaggerated Hollywood stereotype.
There are a lot of things to love about facelifts from Cairns Plastic Surgery: we can remove excess fat, tighten muscles, and improve the contours of the face. However there still seem to be some myths that puncture the dreams of those who are considering facelift surgery.
Today, we bust those myths! Read on to learn more.
Myth #1: Facelift surgery is only for 'old' people
This one's a little subjective, because what is 'old' anyway? You're only as old as you feel!
The ideal facelift candidate generally falls between the ages of 40 and 70, but don’t let those limits detract you. As long as you are in good health, and have realistic expectations, it is likely that you will be a good candidate for a facelift (your health also helps clarify how your recovery will go).
While a facelift obviously cannot change your age or make you age in reverse à la Benjamin Button, many patients simply choose a facelift because they want to look as young as they feel!
In fact, younger patients can also be ideal candidates as they have less severe problems or concerns.
Myth #2: Facelifts are soo obvious
Does the term ‘facelift’ conjure up images of permanently surprised eyebrows, stretched lips, and unnaturally tight skin? Welcome to the world of facelift generalisations.
As we mentioned above, Hollywood hasn’t done facelifts any great favours by projecting an unrealistic and exaggerated look. It is true that a poorly qualified plastic surgeon may prove undesired results, but choosing a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon gives you the best chance of desired results.
Remember, as we have said time and time again, cosmetic and plastic surgery results are never guaranteed.
Myth #3: Facelifts are only for women
Sure, the statistics are dramatically female-dominant, but over the past few years, male surgery has increased.
As the stigma against plastic surgery lessons, the desire for men to defy aging and increase their self-esteem has increased.
In fact, in 2015, 10% of the total facelift procedures in the US were performed on male patients. That’s almost 12,000 men who underwent facial surgery – the fifth most popular procedure for men in 2015 (after nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, breast reduction, and liposuction.)
One major difference between a female and male facelift is that surgeons need to pay special attention to the repositioning of a male’s beard.
The most important thing is for a surgeon to completely understand the desires and wishes of a facelift patient, regardless of gender.
Myth #4: A facelift will last forever
Sadly, we don’t have that much control over both Mother Nature and gravity!
If you meet with or read about any surgeon who promises the secret to everlasting youth – turn around and run. Above all, nothing can stop the aging process, and in addition, a facelift is not a permanent change – the effects of natural aging over time will alter results.
Depending on the technique, the surgeon, and your health, a facelift may last anywhere from two to 10 years.
Think of it this way: a facelift can turn back the clock, but nothing in this world will stop that clock from then moving forward again!
Myth #5: All facelift procedures are the same
Just as the name ‘facelift’ implies, this type of procedure generally focuses on the lower face and neck, lifting the skin in order to make the face appear fresher and younger.
But, depending on your specific circumstances as well as desires, facelift surgery can also be combined with other procedures that target problematic areas, such as:
A chat with a nurse will help clarify your needs.
Avoid the facelift myths and get the facts from Cairns
Organise a complimentary consultation with one of the friendly nurses here at Cairns Plastic Surgery. Ask all the questions you have and let us help you separate the fact from the fiction.