Summary: A facelift is a pretty traditional plastic surgery procedure. But it’s not one of the best known, at least in terms of technique and procedure minutia, but facelift surgeons in Connecticut and Los Angeles and everywhere between have been continuing to work to make the procedure even more perfect. So if you want to know more about facelift procedures of all stripes and all varieties, you’ll definitely want to check out these five surprising facts about facelift surgery.
Always Learning New Things About Facelifts
The facelift is one of those plastic surgery procedures that goes way, way back. In fact, if you look back at the very beginning of plastic surgery, around World War I, most of those first procedures revolved around helping disfigured veterans achieve a more normal facial appearance. Surgeons were helping veterans with severe disfigurements blend in to everyday life. It wasn’t perfect—but the procedures have obviously come a long way in the past hundred years. These days, facelifts are usually used to give the appearance of a more youthful-looking physique by eliminating wrinkles and smoothing out the skin.
But that doesn’t mean we already know all there is to know about facelifts. Sure, they’ve been around for a long time—but there’s still a lot left to learn. We’re going to look at some of the surprising facts about facelifts.
1. You Can Be Too Young for a Facelift
We don’t like to put age limits on any type of surgery. What we’re saying is that, generally when it comes to facelift procedures, your face needs to have wrinkled to a degree that makes the procedure worth the pain of recovery. This degree of wrinkling usually simply develops over time and is caused by loss of volume beneath the skin. Sometimes injectable fillers aren’t enough to return volume to the face and smooth everything out, so a facelift works by removing excess skin. But because the excess skin is removed, there’s no going back. This means that if you perform the procedure too soon in your life, the results will be permanent. It’s better, then, to wait until the procedure is necessary.
2. There’s More than One Type of Facelift
Of course, if you’re young and you’re worried about staying that way, there are certainly options out there for you. Many younger patients elect for smaller versions of facelift procedures—these techniques treat more discrete sections of the face to eliminate particular wrinkle groups. There are, in fact, many different facelift procedures, and they vary scar placement, the amount of wrinkles to eliminated, and so on.
3. Facelifts will not Address Age Spots
Age spots, and other superficial imperfections, are pretty shallow—and we’re not just making a value judgment. Rather, these slight imperfections are located on the outermost layer of your tissues. Sun spots, very slight lines and wrinkles, and other imperfections such as acne, cannot be eliminated through a facelift alone (unless they are on a section of skin that is eliminated during surgery). To address these concerns, you may want to invest in a smaller scale procedure, such as a laser skin procedure.
4. The Size of the Incision Will Depend on the Work You Want Done
As we mentioned, there are several different types of facelifts, and they all focus on different areas. So the less work you want done, the smaller your scars can be. If you just want some extra tissue taken off your jowls or jawline, you can accomplish that with only a small incision or two behind your jawline (where no one will ever see it). However, if you want the tissue in your neck smoothed out, that will require a longer incision and, therefore, a slightly larger scar.
5. A Facelift isn’t Complete Without a Neck Lift
Sometimes, it’s all in the neck. You can get an excellent facelift—with natural and wonderful results—but if your neck is extraordinarily wrinkly, the illusion of a more youthful appearance will be destroyed. For this reason, many patients also elect to undergo a simultaneous neck lift procedure. A neck lift is basically like a facelift, only on the neck. Excess tissue is removed and the remaining tissue is pulled tighter—and smoother—along the neck. A neck lift can do a lot to make your overall appearance look more youthful, more vibrant, more energetic—more you.
A Facelift, Like Many Procedures, is About You
Now, a facelift isn’t about making you younger. It’s not going to literally turn back the clock. But what it will do is make you look a little bit more youthful—it will help keep back the barrage of time. In other words, a facelift is a great way to stop the clock, not necessarily to turn it back. With that said, a facelift—as with all plastic surgery procedures—is all about what you want. As you consult with your plastic surgeon, you’ll develop a plan to ensure you get the results you’re after. For most people, those results mean a more youthful look—and a lot more energy, confidence, and self-esteem. It’s almost always a transformation for the better.