The word “facelift” gets a bad rap. It conjures up images of over-done celebrities and being “old”. But that’s not the case at all. Let’s talk about what a facelift really does and how you don’t have to be a celebrity, or “old”, to get one.
What does a facelift do, anyway?
A “facelift” really should be called a “jawline-refresher-and-extra-neck-skin-taker-upper” (but that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue). The procedure streamlines the jawline and defines the neck by removing the excess skin responsible for the jowl and “turkey neck”.
Don’t fear the scars.
It is a common misconception that facelift scars are a tell-tale sign of having had surgery. The scars are actually well-concealed along the hairline and where the ear meets the cheek. Patients may have to point the scarline out for anyone to notice.
It’s not risky.
Like any surgery, there are risks, but the chance of having a nerve injury (the most feared complication) is actually less than 1%.
It’s customized for your unique needs.
A full facelift will involve incisions that extend behind the ear and into the posterior hairline. Patients that have jowls but no neck skin laxity require only incisions limited to in front of the ear (called a “short-scar” facelift).
You don’t have to be “old” to get one
Patients may begin to experience jowling while still in their 40’s and would benefit from a “short-scar” facelift.
You won’t look weird.
Well-known cases of facelifts gone wrong are usually the result of poor aesthetic judgement on the part of the surgeon or multiple surgeries. I’m careful to produce natural results.