Facelift – a controversial beauty procedure. As scary as it sounds, your skin will undergo cutting, stitching and recovery time of about two weeks. On the positive side, however, you will get freedom from worrying about saggy skin for at least ten to twelve years. Today we are going to share a few tips for successful surgery.
It’s about choosing the right surgeon
Facelift techniques have been significantly improved over last ten years and most surgeons have good technical abilities. The difference, however, is about your surgeon’s aesthetic judgement. It’s your surgeon who takes critical decisions, such as how much fat is removed or added, how the skin is redraped and how your face is sculpted during the surgery. You don’t want to end up looking unnatural and overdone.
Finding the best surgeon for facelift
The best way to find a doctor is through referrals from friends or friends of friends who had positive experiences. Internet and magazines are not good sources. A lot of surgeons that are represented in magazine listings or on websites are really just good marketers. The same goes for TV shows. Usually what you see is nothing more than a cleverly disguised commercial.
It’s not a bad thing per se. It costs money to maintain a website or do a TV show. It is advertisement that makes it possible. Without it, there would be no free information available. If you are old enough to be interested in facelifts, you probably can recall the days when you had to pay for ANY information. Today this isn’t the case. However, you need to exercise a lot of caution and check the trustworthiness of information you get for free, especially when you are taking such important decisions as choosing a doctor for cosmetic surgery.
Decide what you want to achieve
Facelift is not just about tightening your skin anymore. Quite often, it’s also about restoring volume, resurfacing the skin with a peel, and doing Botox all at once. It’s important to know what you want to achieve at the end. You should make a list of all issues you want to fix and discuss them with your surgeon. Don’t assume he will know what to do. A good surgeon WILL NOT suggest making additional changes. They only do what you are asking them to do. On the other hand, remember not to change too many things at once – doing too much is what makes you look unnatural.
The best age for facelift
It’s not necessary to wait until your later years to do a facelift. The experience shows that women in mid- to late-forties seem to enjoy it the most. Women of this age are typically socially active, have careers and are in a good shape. A facelift done at this age is more about maintenance and it will keep you looking your best for other ten to twelve years. If surgery is done correctly, you can redo facelift after 10-15 years and still look natural.
You are still responsible for taking care of yourself
While it’s true that facelift is a quick fix, you are still responsible for maintaining results by keeping your body weight stable, proper diet, exercise, and sun protection. You should lose extra weight and get into the best shape possible BEFORE the surgery. It’s best to quit smoking, because smoking delays healing.
You are who you are
Facelift will not, or at least should not, change you. It only takes you back to where you were. Have reasonable expectations. After all, being yourself is not a bad thing!