what's the appeal of a facelift?

Summary: What’s the appeal of a facelift in an age of Botox and Juvederm? It’s a good question, as the facelift is one of the oldest plastic surgery procedures out there. And yet, it’s still constantly innovating, constantly changing—and its appeal is stronger than ever. A modern facelift is capable of delivering results that look quite natural and still make the face look much more youthful. What’s the appeal of a facelift? We might start with how it makes you look a little bit younger.

In an Age of Fillers, What’s the Appeal of a Facelift?

We live in an age of fillers and injectables, so what’s the appeal of facelift? After all, if you can get something done without surgery, wouldn’t you rather do that? Unfortunately, fillers and other injectables haven’t quite reached the levels of transformation achievable by plastic surgery.

But that isn’t the only context in which we should examine the appeal of the facelift. After all, everybody ages. But not everyone gets a facelift. Many people are content to let the wrinkles and lines of aging slowly stake out space on their faces. That’s actually not a bad deal.

So for those people who do get a facelift, what’s the appeal? Why are they trying to counteract the body’s natural mechanisms of aging? (Or, rather, counteract the appearance of aging.) We’ll take a look at what a facelift does and why that might have some appeal for a wide variety of patients.

Youthful Contours of the Face

Your face is going to look different when you’re young compared to when you’re old. Part of that wrinkles and lines, yes, but part of it is also how skin and fat and muscle tissue sits and drapes on your face. In other words, aging can change your face is some really complicated ways.

Dermal fillers and Botox injections will address a certain aspect of those changes (loss of volume or muscle-related wrinkles, respectively). But a facelift is the only procedure that is designed specifically to address all of those issues. A facelift can:

  • Remove unwanted or unflattering excess skin
  • Reposition muscle or fat groups to more youthful positions
  • Re-drape the skin of the face so that it has a more youthful appearance

Essentially, a facelift is going to be able to do many things all at once. And it’s scalable, so if you only want a certain portion of your face addressed, that’s possible as well (depending on the target location of this treatment). In other words, facelift procedures are well known for providing a wide range of treatment possibilities that make the face look more youthful.

The Appeal of a Facelift

So that’s what a facelift is and what it does. But what’s the appeal of a facelift? Why is it consistently one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures on the market? Well, there are a few reasons why I think a facelift is so popular. But I should preface this by saying that the reasons vary wildly.

Because, ultimately, people who make the decision to get plastic surgery are making a very personal decision. And so every one of these choices is going to be different. Speaking in broad strokes, however, here are a couple of reasons why I think facelifts are so appealing.

Our Culture Values Youth

One of the primary reasons that a facelift is popular is, quite bluntly, we live in a society that values (almost valorizes) youth. Youth tends to be something that we, as a society, value. And when that youth goes away, it’s easy to feel as though you’ve lost something important.

The appeal of facelift, then, is in this reclamation of youth. And with that youth comes confidence, higher self-esteem, and so on. Now, that shouldn’t be confused with something as simple as “society made me do it.” That’s not what I mean. Instead I just mean that there’s a certain value to holding on to youth. And for some people, the personal decision to get a facelift to hold onto that appearance of youth (and all that comes with it) makes sense.

Non Surgical Options Haven’t Caught Up

Once you’ve made a decision that you want to look more youthful, you’ve got several options in terms of actually implementing that decision. And that basically comes down to injectables or surgery (there are some laser options, but the vast majority of patients have to choose non surgical and surgical approaches).

And that decision basically boils down to this:

  • If you want temporary, subtle changes, go with injectables
  • If, instead, you want bold and permanent changes, go with surgery

I’m oversimplifying a little bit. Much will depend on your goals and preferences, and how much aging your skin is actually showing. You and your surgeon will work to determine what the best course of action will be regarding how to make your face appear more youthful. But much of that will indeed come down to your unique physiology and your preferences in terms of treatments.

The Longstanding Appeal of Facelift Procedures

Facelift procedures are among the most historic and well-known plastic surgery procedures on the market today. That’s because the appeal of this procedure is rather longstanding. In other words, it’s not as though the youth-oriented culture of today is all that unique.

Americans have coveted youth for quite some time now. Modern facelift procedures allow patients to achieve youthful-looking results with less invasiveness, less discomfort, and less artifacting than ever before. It’s no wonder, then, that a facelift is more popular than it’s ever been, even with the competition from dermal fillers and Botox.

What’s the appeal of a facelift? Evidently, not something that’s going away any time soon.

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