Facelift surgery can be a life-changing procedure. It turns back the clock on facial aging and can help you look seven to 10 years younger. For a successful facelift experience, it’s crucial that you educate yourself about the surgery as best you can, and have an idea of what the experience entails. Here, Dr. Ronald Schuster, a trusted plastic surgery expert in Baltimore, reveals some things you should know about having a facelift.
Facelifts Do Not Stop the Aging Process
Neither a facelift nor other cosmetic treatments can stop the aging process. But a facelift can help you look younger and keep you looking younger as time goes on. Generally, you will look young for your age after the facelift.
There Isn’t One Right Way to Perform a Facelift
Plastic surgeons can choose from several methods to tighten and tone the facial structures, depending on the specific areas of concern and extent of correction needed. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Schuster, explain the particular areas or features that bother you, and ask him to describe the best approach for your needs. He may recommend a “skin only,” ‘traditional,” “SMAS,” “extended SMAS,” “endoscopic,” “subperiosteal” or “Composite Face Lift.”
Facelifts are often Combined with Other Procedures
Facelift concentrates on improving the mid and lower regions of the face, without addressing signs of aging around the eyes, brows, and forehead. For comprehensive rejuvenating results that target the entire face, Dr. Schuster can combine a facelift with mid-face lifts, eyelid surgery, and brow lift, depending on your needs.
A Stress-Free Recovery Requires Planning
Expect to spend at least the first few days of facelift recovery resting and relaxing at home. You will slowly begin to increase your activity level and resume your normal routine. Because you will be unable to run errands or grocery shop, it’s imperative to plan ahead for the initial recovery. The office will make sure that we review all of your needs and will help to ensure that your concerns and care are covered.
Maximize Your Results with Maintenance Procedures
The keys to prolonging your facelift results as long as possible are proper skin care, sun protection and healthy lifestyle habits (i.e., diet and exercise). Maintenance procedures like Botox injections, chemical peels or laser resurfacing can also help. Dr. Schuster can make recommendations during your pre- and post-op facelift consultations.
Learn More about Facelift
If you would like to learn more about facelift surgery, Dr. Schuster invites you to schedule an informational consultation. Contact our practice today to make an appointment.