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Summary: Is Sharon Osbourne getting a facelift? That seems to be what’s circulating around the news lately. But even if that’s true, what, precisely does that mean? What does a facelift do? And how would you know whether a facelift might be the right choice for you and your desired final results. After all, a facelift is remarkably effective–but it’s not the right choice for everyone.

Is Sharon Osbourne Getting a Facelift?

We try not to baselessly discuss celebrity gossip on this website, but every once in a while it’s unavoidable and we make an exception–especially when that celebrity has been pretty open about their surgery. And that’s certainly been the case with Sharon Osbourne, who recently made headlines talking about her next plastic surgery procedure.

So, is Sharon Osbourne getting a facelift? It’s difficult to tell for sure, as she hasn’t named the procedure or given much in the way of details. But based on the way she’s talked about how she’ll be “getting a new face,” it seems logical to assume that she will, indeed, be undergoing a facelift procedure.

What will that facelift entail? The specifics will, of course, be between Sharon Osbourne and her surgeon. But we can take some educated guesses about what her facelift might involve and what her recovery time may end up looking like. In other words, we can use her procedure to learn a thing or two about how facelift procedures tend to work. And that kind of patient education is definitely something we can get behind. Sharon Osbourne getting a facelift could, then, be something that’s good for all of us.

What Does a Facelift Accomplish?

Facelift surgery is generally used to rejuvenate wide areas of the face. If, for example, it were only a single wrinkle or line that was bothering you, a dermal filler or Botox injection might be a better choice. But when wrinkles and lines are spread across the face, or when you’re dealing with a significant amount of excess skin, facelift is probably the way to go.

During most facelift procedures, an incision is made either along the hairline or along the side of the face (next to the ear). In some cases, when extensive work must be done, incisions are made in both areas. Once the incisions are made, excess skin is removed. Out of position fat deposits may also be manipulated back into a more youthful situation.

The end result is a face that looks significantly younger–but not rubber in any way (facelift sometimes gets that reputation on account of out of date practices). Modern facelift results tend to look remarkably natural, as surgeons work diligently to contour the face in a way that conforms to the rest of your proportions.

What Happens After a Facelift?

As Sharon Osbourne rightly points out, facelift results generally cannot be appreciated immediately after your procedure. When extensive facelifts have been performed, patients tend to experience significant bruising and swelling. This can make the face appear rather ghastly immediately following surgery–as though you’ve just been in a fight.

Because of the bruising and swelling, it can be difficult to evaluate results immediately. On the day after your surgery, you might not feel as though your facelift accomplished anything. And in the days that follow, when the bruising and swelling does subside, you may feel as though your face is unnaturally tight, limiting your expressions.

That’s relatively normal, and as the body continues to heal, your face will eventually start to feel like its old self. It’ll just look a little bit younger when it does.

Is Facelift My Only Option?

Facelift, of course, is designed to be a significant and extensive procedure. It’s a procedure that is usually employed in cases where patients have wrinkles and lines that extend across the entirety of the face. But it’s not the only option that patients have. If wrinkles and lines are more localized, you might consider:

  • Blepharoplasty: This procedure is intended to eliminate lines and wrinkles around the eyes that can make you look aged, fatigued, or depressed.
  • Dermal fillers: When you only have to cope with subtle appearances of aging, you can probably use dermal filler injections to help yourself look a little bit more youthful.
  • Mini-facelift: A less invasive form of facelift surgery, a mini-facelift uses smaller incisions to achieve more subtle-looking results. But it’s a great option if you only have more subtle signs of aging.

The procedure that’s best for you might not be immediately clear. That’s why most patients will discuss all of their options with their plastic surgeon, in order to choose the procedure that most suites your desired final outcome.

Those discussions usually take place during a consultation, which is generally the first step of any plastic surgery process. Just because Sharon Osbourne is getting a facelift doesn’t mean it’s the right step for you, necessarily. That’s something only you and your surgeon can decide.

About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been writing about and working with plastic surgeons for over twenty years. He is constantly in touch with surgeons to ensure he’s getting the most accurate and up to date information.

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