When you hear the word “facelift,” the word conjures several images. You might think of a plastic surgery clinic. Then again, you may be reminded of celebrities who have very obviously had work done to them. You might also think about how it would make you look younger.
You may also have questions that you’ve been longing to ask, but were too afraid to. We’ve rounded up five questions people just like you have about getting a facelift.
1. Is This Right for Me?
You don’t have to be a particular age to undergo this procedure, and plastic surgeons don’t have a set patient profile for this type of surgery.
If you’re really curious about what a facelift will do for you, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. He or she will discuss how it can help you.
2. How Do I Choose a Surgeon?
You want to find someone who has a great deal of experience performing facelifts. Once you’ve identified a doctor, ask the office staff if they can provide reference patients. You’ll want to meet with people who can show you how the doctor’s work looks. If you don’t like the results, keep searching for a doctor.
3. What’s the Best Facelift Technique?
You might be surprised, but there are a wide variety of techniques for facelifts. Before you decide on a method, select an experienced surgeon. The results he or she achieves are more important than whether he or she uses a particular style.
Remember, the goal of a facelift is to appear rested and youthful. A skilled plastic surgeon will shift the deeper layers of facial tissue for a natural look.
4. How Long Is the Surgery and the Recovery Period?
The length of time a surgery takes depends on which procedure the surgeon performs. A mini-facelift takes approximately two hours. This type of surgery creates a sleek jaw, fuller cheeks and smoothens lines near the mouth.
It is less invasive than a full facelift, which in addition to addressing the jaw, cheeks and mouth, also diminishes signs of aging on the neck. That type of surgery can take three to four hours.
While every patient’s recovery time will differ, it generally takes ten days to two weeks for swelling to subside completely.
5. Will I Need More Surgery?
The results of a facelift are designed to last for the patient’s lifetime. However, the quality of your skin, major weight loss and environmental factors such as sun damage can all have an affect on the results of your surgery.
Furthermore, if the surgeon didn’t get it right the first time, you might find you’ll want to correct his or her work.
The Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery – Your Facelift Experts
Dr. Kenneth Dickie is a board-certified plastic surgeon with two decades of experience. Call the Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery today at 705-302-3463 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dickie. Don’t wait – the chance to look younger and refreshed is just a phone call away!