To some, wrinkles, sagging skin and other signs of aging are badges of honour that represent our life’s journey. To a growing number of men and women, though, removing the ravages of time from our visages has become serious business.
Every year, dermatologists, plastic surgeons and general health care practitioners alike perform hundreds of thousands of anti-aging cosmetic treatments on patients of all ages and backgrounds, ranging from injections to facelifts, in an attempt to stave off age and the effects of gravity.
Here are 5 things you need to know about facelifts, straight from the youthful-looking mouths of industry experts and patients.
1. You don’t have to go under the knife.
Non-surgical facelifts are an emerging trend offering the anti-aging benefits of tighter facial skin without needing to go under the knife (or max out a credit card). Thermal tightening treatments like Thermage and Titan are short-term anti-aging procedures that can dampen the effects of aging before they take hold.
Best-suited for people who are on the early end of the aging spectrum, these treatments can help restore a youthful firmness to the face.
2. Don’t just lift. Contour.
As we age, we begin to lose fat and collagen from our faces, leaving us looking a little “deflated.” Injectable dermal fillers like Juvaderm and Restylane are anti-aging treatments that are meant to be used periodically to restore a natural-looking fullness to the facial tissues.
Patients typically schedule follow-up visits about every 3 months to freshen up their treatment and keep the youth train chugging.
3. Botox – now available at a dentist’s office near you.
One of the most popular anti-aging treatments, Botox, has also become one of the most available. Dermatologists have been offering the service for years, but the practice has moved into more mainstream medical arenas.
In fact, in some regions, even dentists can be licensed to administer the treatment, so you can reduce the effects of aging while you reduce the effects of plaque.
4. For best results, save your pennies.
The immediate improvement in facial skin tone and contouring that a patient notices after fully recovering from a surgical facelift is, for many, worth the price of admission. And the price isn’t cheap; depending on the type of facelift, expect to pay anywhere from $6,000 - $12,000. Think about it: When scalpels are flying near your face, you’ll be happy to have spent the extra money to find a reputable board-certified plastic surgeon.
Generally speaking, the anti-aging effects of a facelift can last from 5 to 10 years.Results vary depending on a patient’s genetic inclination toward aging, the care they take to keep their skin youthful and the type of facelift treatment performed.
5. Scarred for life? Not so much.
A surgical facelift involves pulling the facial skin up and back to soften wrinkles and reduce sagging while removing excess skin to rid the patient of gravity’s harsh touch. With this full facelift procedure, the scars can be tucked along the hairline so nobody has to know your secret.
With the smaller-scale mini facelift, incisions are only made and skin is only tightened to address the specific problem areas of an aging face – typically around the lower face and jowls, tucking the sutures behind the ear where scars can be hidden.
Aging. It’s an inevitability of living a full life. The good news is that there is no shortage of ways to wipe some of the years from your face.