With all the non-surgical or minimally invasive options available forcosmetic surgery and facial rejuvenation, you might wonder why anyone would still consider having a facelift performed. Although a facelift is a more complicated procedure than injections or fillers and requires a significant recovery time, the benefits of it outweigh the drawbacks for many patients. If you're thinking about a facelift or wondering whether you should have a facelift or less invasive procedure performed, learn about the benefits of the procedure to help you decide if it's the choice for you.
One big benefit of a facelift, especially when compared to other procedures, is how long the results are expected to last. The results from injectables such as Botox Cosmetic typically last for a few months and the results from injectable fillers last for a few months to up to two years. But, the results from a facelift can often last for up to a decade, if not longer.
Interestingly enough, patients who had the surgery performed at a younger age were more likely to remain satisfied with their results many years later. A study published in 2012 in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that nearly 98 percent of patients who had undergone SMAS facelift were happy with their results a year after the surgery. Nearly 70 percent of patients remained satisfied with their results after more than 12 years.
The researchers then divided the study participants into groups based on their age. Those in the under-50 group were more likely to be satisfied with the results after a year and again after more than 12 years than people between the ages of 50 and 60 or people over age 60.
Likely to Make You Happier
Another major benefit of facelift surgery is that it has been shown to improve people's self-confidence and esteem. A 2013 study from Ruhr Universität and the University of Basel looked at people's perceptions of themselves after they had undergone a plastic surgery procedure. The study examined 544 plastic surgery patients, comparing them to 264 people who had thought about surgery but decide not to have it and to 1,000 people who were not considering surgery at all.
Generally speaking, the majority of patients had realistic expectations for their surgery. Just 12 percent were expecting the surgery to completely change them or solve an issue.
Those who had realistic expectations for their surgery were more likely to report feeling healthier and less anxious than people didn't have surgery. The majority of patients who had surgery felt that the area that was operated on was more attractive than before. They also felt that they were more attractive in general.
Facelift surgery has come a long way since the early days of the procedure. The methods used by Dr. Nachlas are more advanced and focus on the underlying muscle, not just the skin of the face, to create a natural look. Newer facelift methods avoid the pulled back, tightened look commonly associated with surgeries of the past. The incisions made during a facelift procedure are placed in inconspicuous spots, such as behind the ears or in the hairline, meaning that the scars from the procedure will be barely noticeable, if they are at all.
Can Be Combined With Other Procedures
Everyone's face is different, meaning that an option that works for one person might not be the best for another. The facelift procedure can be truly customized to fit each patient's needs. One way to customize a facelift is to perform it with another procedure. An advantage having two surgeries performed at once is that it cuts down on recovery time and cost.
For example, you may decide to have a brow lift performed at the same time as your facelift. While a facelift focuses on the lower third of the face, a brow lift focuses on rejuvenating the forehead area. Having the surgeries performed together will create a harmonious appearance, as all parts of the face will look refreshed.
Double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Nathan Nachlas is available to answer any questions you might have about facelift surgery, either on its own or combined with another procedure.
For more information or to request a consult with Dr. Nachlas contact Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Relations at 561-939-0909.