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Facelift Results: What to Expect

As advances in facelift technologies and techniques have been made, the stigma that used to be attached to those who had the procedure has vanished. This is particularly true when the procedure is performed by an expert board-certified facial plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon such as Dr. Mark Ginsburg. Facelift surgery has become accepted by society as a way to revitalize one’s face. It has become as mainstream as applying anti-wrinkle cream at night or wearing makeup. While facelifts once left patients with an unnatural, stretched appearance, today’s facelifts enhance the patient’s natural looks, allowing them to look and feel younger without any obvious signs of plastic surgery.

A facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that offers the patient the opportunity to “turn back the clock” and enjoy a more youthful facial appearance. A number of surgical techniques can be employed. It normally involves removing extra skin and can be combined with other facial procedures under anesthesia. Facelifts are the sixth most commonly performed cosmetic procedure, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Providence Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery offers facelifts that consistently look natural and beautiful, regardless of the procedure employed. Dr. Ginsburg has mastered a number of facelift techniques. He is also an expert at tailoring the appropriate technique to meet the individual needs of each unique patient. No matter what your goals are, Dr. Ginsburg can offer you the results you desire.

Forming Realistic Expectations

Probably the most important part of ensuring satisfaction with the results of your procedure is establishing expectations that are realistic for a given procedure. For example, even the greatest plastic surgeon cannot make a patient who is 45-years old look like a 21-year old. It is just not possible. Although a patient may have a perfect procedure, if he or she has unrealistic expectations, they will be disappointed at even these results.

Facelifts can make the face look younger by about one decade. People who get this procedure who expect results along these lines are usually quite pleased with their results. Those with only mild facial sagging often have a mini facelift that offers excellent results that are less invasive. Dr. Ginsburg tailors each facelift to suit the individual needs of each patient.

Realizing the Role Patients Play in Their Recovery

Dr. Ginsburg spends quite a bit of time helping patients understand the role they play in their recovery. Although the results of a facelift are immediately apparent, the healing process occurs over the span of a few months, rather than weeks. This can frustrate the patient, but they need to follow Dr. Ginsburg’s exact post-operative instructions to ensure they heal properly and obtain the best results. Smokers are required to stop smoking, and vigorous activities should be avoided until Dr. Ginsburg gives the okay.

Healthy Lifestyle Commitment

Although time is a major factor in the aging of the skin, an individual’s lifestyle choices also play a large role. Those who were smokers, worshipped the sun, did not get enough sleep, drank excessive amounts of alcohol, did not regularly exercise, or engaged in other unhealthy habits before their facelift procedure must change their lifestyles after their surgery to ensure that their results are maintained. Otherwise, they may experience additional signs of aging on their faces, reversing the benefits of their procedure.