Facelift: How to Look as Young as You Feel
Looking younger is the easy part of facelifts. Looking like a younger you – that’s the part that takes a rare combination of know-how, talent, and, yes, artistry.
Real satisfaction with facelift surgery comes from not focusing on particular procedures, trying for shortcuts, or following fads. You’ll know you’re in good hands with a plastic surgeon when you find yourself talking with a person who looks at you, the whole you, and takes care to understand how all the pieces fit together.
What Changes with Experience
Knowing the underlying causes that change our appearance with age is the foundation of a great facelift. And, like beauty itself, those causes are more than skin-deep.
Our faces are blessed with some of the best blood-flow in the body, and still the delicate muscles beneath the skin can lose strength as we age. These changes below the skin are one of the reasons that even successful non-surgical techniques do not achieve the same results, and often can only delay the time when a facelift becomes appropriate.
The natural layer of fat everyone has under the skin can fall, bunch up, or even disappear in places, changing the youthful contour of the face.
And the skin itself has layers – and different textures across the face and neck – all of which respond in different ways to gravity, the environment and stress, according to our own unique heredity.
The texture of the skin’s surface may appear to be the focus as we age, but the elasticity of the tissues below it has changed, too. Those layers are part of any real solution.
A sensitive, expert facelift takes all these factors into consideration, and uses them to your advantage.
The Golden Age of Plastic Surgery
Physicians and patients have come together on a great curve of progress in plastic surgery. New techniques allow physicians to offer superb results with easier recovery. These improvements mean many more people are excellent candidates for facelift procedures suited to their own situations and goals.
Patients have grown to view facelifts as a normal resource for staying their best selves. The process has moved so far beyond “the rich and famous” that many regard it as part of our way of life.
Together, these factors mean the state of the art has never been higher, and there’s no reason to wait if you’re considering the advantages of a facelift.
What to Look for When Selecting Your Plastic Surgeon
Board certification, patient satisfaction, and membership in the American Association of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) or the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery are all factors to consider when you choose. But don’t forget the feeling of confidence you’re looking for when you sit down for your consultation. Getting face-to-face with your physician is the beginning of a great facelift.
About Mike Majmundar, M.D.
Dr. Mike Majmundar has been named a Top Doctor by Atlanta Magazine, a National Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Report & Castle Connolly, a Top Beauty Expert by The Atlantan, Best Self, and Northside Woman, and Best Botox and Filler Injector by Jezebel. To read his patient reviews, visit RealSelf or Healthgrades.