Summary: It’s not uncommon for misinformation to pop up when it comes to any plastic surgery procedure, and that’s especially true for popular procedures. Look, plastic surgery can be complicated—and that means it’s easy for rumors and myths to develop. When it comes to facelift myths, we’re taking a look at them to see if they’re true.
Looking at Facelift Myths
When it comes to making your face look a little more youthful, there’s nothing quite like a facelift. Now, it’s worth noting that “facelifts” are not all the same. In fact, most facelifts are uniquely tailored to each individual. That means your facelift will be a little bit different than your neighbor’s (you know, assuming both you and your neighbor get facelifts… but you know what I mean).
But there’s also a lot of misinformation floating around about facelift procedures. We call these “facelift myths” because, well, they aren’t quite true. But you could see how someone would think they’re true. Still, dispelling some of these facelift myths can help you determine whether this procedure is right for you.
Let’s take a look at some facelift myths to determine whether they’re true or not.
Myth #1: A Facelift Will Make You Skin Look Like Plastic
This particular myth has been associated with facelifts (and plastic surgery more broadly) for a long time. The notion is that if you get plastic surgery your skin will look like, well, plastic. And this isn’t necessarily a result people want—especially in the face. So is it true?
Not anymore. There was a time where it might have been. Generally, that “plastic” look is a result from the skin being stretched too far for its own good. There are a few reasons why this might happen:
- The patient wants unrealistic results
- The surgeon is keen to give the patient results beyond what is possible
- Simple error on the part of the surgeon
- The natural tendencies of the patient’s skin
However, this rarely happens anymore. Surgeons have gotten really good at knowing just how far to stretch skin so that the results look completely natural.
Myth #2: My Face Will Never Age Again
According to the website of the Minneapolis facelift surgeons at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, a facelift is an effectively permanent procedure. And that’s true. Your face will look ten or twenty years younger. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t ever age again.
In fact, your face will continue to age normally. It’s just that it will have a significantly younger-looking starting place. So you’ll still get wrinkles, but it will take them a long time to start to appear again. Your face will look much more youthful for some time to come, but it will still age.
Myth #3: I Can Get the Same Results Non Surgically
Non surgical procedures have grown incredibly powerful. In fact, non surgical, non invasive procedures are capable of accomplishing a lot. That’s why millions of people got Botox treatments last year.
But non surgical treatments can’t do everything. In fact, the results you get from a non surgical treatment are quite subtle. If you want big and bold results—if you have wrinkles and excess skin all over your face, then surgery is basically your best option.
But not all surgeries are created equal. In fact, there are a couple of “less invasive” options available to patients:
- Minimally invasive facelift: This procedure essentially uses a couple of small incisions as “anchor points” from which they perform most of the work.
- Minimally invasive brow lift: This procedure uses a similar principle, only it focuses on the brow, where a significant amount of wrinkles can develop.
You should always consult with your surgeon about which approach is best for you. There are some things that non surgical procedures are better at doing—but there are some ways that facelift surgery is still vastly superior.
Making Decisions Based on Facts
The goal of busting these facelift myths is, essentially, to help you make decisions based on facts. After all, that’s usually the best way to make choice (unless, you know, you’re voting for president or something).
But there is a lot of misinformation out there. These facelift myths, likely, only scratch the surface. It’s incumbent on all of us to do a little bit more research, of course.
We can also expect to get facts form reputable sources, such as plastic surgeons. Scheduling a consultation with a facelift surgeon is the best way to determine whether a facelift would work for you and what kind of results you could expect from that procedure.
Of course, we’re not all ready for consultations. In the mean time, we’ll keep busting facelift myths where we see them pop up (so, basically, on the internet!).