Of all the plastic surgery procedures out there, few carry as many myths, misconceptions, and straight-up confusion as the facelift. Over the years, though, this procedure has become one of the most precise, refined, safe, and efficient means of providing long-lasting, subtle anti-aging.
With so much gossip surrounding this hugely popular procedure, it’s no surprise that Dr. Sajjadian sees patients all the time who come with false ideas of exactly what a facelift is and what it can do for them. We’re here to help clear things up and break down 5 of the most common myths about this cutting-edge procedure that over 100,000 Americans benefit from every year.
1. Only Older People Can Benefit from Facelifts
Not only is this myth wholly untrue, but it also stops countless possible-patients from achieving the results they want. Facelifts, while incredibly effective for older patients, work wonders for younger people as well.
Thanks to the modern facelift’s long-lasting and subtle results, patients who seek out this procedure earlier on in life often see the highest degree of benefits and satisfaction. Taking a preventative approach to anti-aging is never a bad idea, especially if you’re more genetically prone to collagen break-down or sagging skin.
Another significant benefit of receiving a facelift earlier on in life? Considerably shorter recovery periods.
2. Facelifts “Freeze” Facial Expressions
Perhaps the most notorious facelift myth is the “frozen” face. Tabloids, TV, and movies have all poked fun at celebrities whose facelifts have gone wrong. However, in just the last two decades, facelifts have seen a renaissance of both surgical techniques and technologies.
Today, Dr. Sajjadian can craft beautiful, natural-looking results that he’ll precisely design to complement your facial anatomy. By taking a holistic approach, Dr. Sajjadian generally uses a combination of surgical techniques to address both the deep causes of facial aging along with surface issues like skin laxity. His results are both comprehensive and long-lasting.
3. Facelift Recovery Will Be Arduous and Lengthy
Facelifts, just like any surgical procedure, do necessitate a recovery period. Your body will need time to adjust, and there most likely will be some minor swelling and bruising. That said, recovery is often far less painful and quicker than patients imagine. You won’t be bandaged for months on end, as some patients seem to think.
Rather, in just one to two weeks, you’ll see significant improvements to any discomfort and be able to return to your normal routine. We will also provide a prescription of pain medication to ensure your comfort throughout the early healing process.
4. “A Facelift Will Only Tighten My Skin”
Each of our patient’s facelifts is unique. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to this delicate and intricate procedure. While Dr. Sajjadian may employ some tightening of the skin, a facelift goes far deeper to provide anti-aging results that last for years.
During your consultation, Dr. Sajjadian will work with you to pinpoint what concerns you want to address, and what technique(s) will best achieve these goals. For patients looking to see a complete transformation, we can combine your facelift with a brow lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), or a neck lift. In tandem, these procedures can create holistic results that you’ll love.
5. Facelifts are Only for Women
Everyone ages, so we can all benefit from the increased confidence a facelift provides. No matter your gender, your face will change over time. Aging is a complex equation with countless factors at play, including your genetic predispositions and lifestyle choices.
Facelifts can help reverse these visible signs of aging and make you feel like your best self again. Whether you’re reentering the dating world, climbing the corporate ladder, enjoying a much-deserved retirement, or fall somewhere in-between––a facelift can help you put your best foot forward wherever you find yourself.
Our expert team is here to help you determine a treatment plan you feel entirely confident about. Dr. Sajjadian is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and experience working with patients of all ages and genders.
If you’re interested in learning more about a facelift or any of our other surgical or non-invasive procedures, we highly recommend setting up an in-person consultation at our Newport Beach, CA office. To schedule, please give us a call at 949-515-0550 or contact us online today.