Facelift myths and facts: what you need to know

13 October 2023

Close up of a female face in black and whiteBy plastic surgeon Dr Dirk Kremer

Welcome to Harley Street Aesthetics, where the artistry of cosmetic surgery meets the pursuit of natural beauty in the heart of London.

As a seasoned expert in the field of plastic surgery, I am delighted to delve into the realm of facelift surgery - a transformative and highly popular procedure that has garnered both interest and misconceptions.

In this article, I will uncover some of the myths and facts surrounding facelifts, providing you with invaluable insights to make informed decisions about this rejuvenating cosmetic procedure.

Myth: Facelifts are only for the elderly

Fact: Age is just one factor

It's a common misconception that facelifts are reserved for the elderly. In reality, the ideal candidate for a facelift varies from person to person and depends on factors such as skin quality, genetics, and individual goals. Younger individuals may opt for a mini-facelift to address early signs of aging, while older patients can benefit from comprehensive facelift procedures – these can even be combined with other targeted procedures to achieve fantastic overall results, such as a necklift or eyelid surgery.

Myth: Facelifts look unnatural

Fact: Natural-looking results are achievable

The fear of looking "pulled" or unnatural after a facelift is another myth. Modern facelift techniques emphasise natural-looking results. A skilled cosmetic surgeon will use precise methods to lift and tighten tissues, creating a refreshed appearance that preserves your unique facial expressions. For example, I will often perform a facelift using my signature TBT Facelift as I have designed it to specifically emphasise on achieving truly natural looking results.

Myth: Facelifts are a one-size-fits-all procedure

Fact: Customisation is key

No two faces are identical, and neither should be their facelifts. The procedure is highly customisable, allowing surgeons to target specific areas of concern. Whether you want to address sagging jowls, loose neck skin, or deep facial folds, a tailored approach ensures that your unique needs are met.

Myth: Facelifts are painful and have lengthy recoveries

Fact: Discomfort is manageable, and recovery times vary

While some discomfort is expected after a facelift, modern techniques have reduced pain considerably and the worst of it is typically very short lived. Most patients find the discomfort to be manageable with prescribed medications. Recovery times can vary, but many individuals are back to their normal activities within just a few weeks.

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Myth: Non-surgical procedures can replace facelifts

Fact: Non-surgical procedures are complementary

Non-surgical treatments like Botox and dermal fillers can provide temporary improvements, but they can't replicate the comprehensive results of a facelift. Often, a combination of non-surgical and surgical procedures is the most effective approach for facial rejuvenation, but this can be discussed in detail with your cosmetic surgeon.

Myth: Facelifts are permanent

Fact: Results are long-lasting, but aging continues

Facelift results are long-lasting, but they don't stop the natural aging process. Over time, some degree of aging will occur. However, the procedure can set back the clock, making you appear younger than if you had not undergone surgery.

Myth: All surgeons are equally skilled in facelifts

Fact: Choose your surgeon wisely

The skill and experience of your surgeon are critical to the success of your facelift. Ensure your surgeon is board-certified in plastic surgery and has a portfolio of successful facelift procedures. Don't hesitate to ask for before-and-after photos and patient testimonials.

Empower yourself with knowledge

Facelift surgery is a transformative journey towards a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. By dispelling common myths and embracing the facts, you can approach the procedure with confidence and realistic expectations.

At Harley Street Aesthetics, I am dedicated to combining expertise, precision, and artistry to deliver natural-looking results that enhance your unique beauty.

To learn more about the facelift procedure and whether it’s right for you don’t hesitate to book in your initial consultation with me by calling 0845 519 7232, e-mailing info@harleystreetaesthetics.com or by completing the simple online contact form.


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