Facelift surgery: Your questions answered.

Published on December 6, 2013

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures (such as Botox and dermal fillers) are still among the most requested procedures in the country. However, Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel reports that facelift surgery is also still popular…and for good reason.

If you’re contemplating a facelift procedure, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

1. Who is considered to be a good candidate for a facelift?
There is no predetermined age or profile regarding who should consider a facelift. Facelifts should be individualized, taking into account factors such as age, body type and size.

2. Which type of facelift is best?
The vast array of facelift techniques can be confusing, but really, how different are they? It’s actually more important to find the right Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon than deciding for yourself which surgical technique is right for you. If you like the results of facelifts done by a particular surgeon (regardless of the method used) then you’re on the road to obtaining the results you want.

3. How long does the facelift surgery take, and what is the recovery time?
Time will depend upon the extent of the procedure chosen. Some mini-facelifts can be completed in less than two hours. Standard facelifts typically take three to four hours. Patients’ recovery times also differ, but in general, noticeable swelling will go down within 10 to 14 days.

4. How different will I look?
Most patients feel that they look refreshed. A good facelift makes patients look naturally younger rather than “different” or “operated on.”

5. What should I look for in my plastic surgeon?
Carefully examine and compare a variety of patient examples from the Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon you’re considering, and be sure that the surgeon you choose is certified by accredited medical boards such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

6. What are the risks of facelift surgery?
Like any surgery, facelift procedures carry some risks. Infection is possible but rarely occurs because of the face’s plentiful blood supply.

7. I want to lose a few pounds. Should I wait to have my facelift?
Ideally, a patient should be in the best health and shape possible before any surgery. For more than a few pounds, you should wait until you feel comfortable and healthy with your weight before seeing a Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon.

8. How long will the effects of facelift surgery last compared to fillers?
Fillers are temporary solutions for adding volume to flattened tissues. The results from facelift surgery will last for years, depending on several factors such as skin quality, significant weight changes and environmental factors such as excessive sun exposure.

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