Since there are so many options available today when it comes to minimizing the signs of aging and rejuvenating your face, you might wonder why anyone would choose a face lift. After all, options such as laser skin resurfacing and injections are much quicker, require less recovery time and tend to cost less.
But, a face lift, or rhytidectomy, still offers a number of benefits over the other options out there. It treats signs of aging that other procedures just can’t and it offers results that last so much longer than anything else. If you’re still on the fence about the surgery, reviewing how it can help you can help you make your choice.
Facelifts Give You a Younger Look
If your goal is to look younger, a face lift can be the way to go. Although individual results do vary, many people find that the surgery helps take at least five to 10 years off of their appearance. It does that by reducing skin laxity, tightening the facial muscles, and smoothing the appearance of the lower face.
As an added benefit, the techniques facial plastic surgeons use today produce a natural look. Gone are the “windswept” faces commonly seen on patients in the past. Surgeons don’t only focus on tightening the skin nowadays, which is what led to that pulled, blown-in-the-wind look. Instead, they also tighten the tissue and muscle beneath the skin, creating a natural, more youthful appearance.
They Help Improve Your Confidence
Facelift not only help you to look younger, they can also benefit you by giving you a boost of confidence. When you are happier about the way you look, you tend to be happier about other areas of your life, too. For example, if you stopped going out or doing activities you used to love before your surgery because you were concerned that you looked too old or were otherwise unhappy about your appearance, having a face lift can give you that confidence you need to start doing your favorite things again.
Enjoy Long-Lasting Results with a Face Lift
The results from Botox only last a few months and the results from some fillers last for about a year or so. But, the results from facelifts can last for up to 10 years, depending on a few things. While you do have to pay more upfront and will have a lengthy recovery time, it can be worth it in the end as you won’t need to repeat the surgery for years to come, if ever.
Although you can enjoy your results for years, there are a few things worth knowing about a facelift. One is that the surgery doesn’t stop the aging process. As time goes on, you might notice more lines and wrinkles forming or that your skin’s texture is changing. If that’s the case, you can increase the longevity of your results by seeking out additional treatments, such as injections or skin resurfacing.
Some lifestyle choices and habits can shorten the duration of your results, too. For example, if you love spending time outdoors or in the sun, it’s worth it to get in the habit of wearing sunscreen daily. Constant sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, sun spots, and other signs of aging, potentially undermining your surgical results.
Smoking is another habit worth giving up if you want your results to last. If you smoked before your surgery, your surgeon most likely told you to quit a few weeks in advance. Take advantage of going for many weeks without a cigarette by keeping it up well after you’ve recovered.
A Face Lift is Customizable
Luckily, there is no one-size-fits-all facelift option. Otherwise, people would be much less likely to be happy with their results. Your surgeon will discuss the best options for you based on the amount of aging you have on your face and the type of results you are hoping to achieve. She might recommend combining a facelift with another procedure to maximize the benefit, for example.
Dr. Jessica Kulak is an aging face specialist at the Naderi Center in Virginia and Maryland. She only performs procedures that help rejuvenate the aging face, such as facelifts. To learn more about the surgery and to see if it’s the option that will provide the greatest benefit to you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kulak today. Call (703) 481-0002 for the practice in Virginia or (301) 222-2020 to reach the practice in Maryland.