A facelift is one of the most common types of plastic surgery, and this cosmetic procedure can help eliminate visible signs of aging in many people. This is not a permanent miracle cure though and there are some limitations on what this plastic surgery can do. Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steve Merten always discusses the potential benefits and possible risks for this type of procedure with patients, so that they have realistic expectations before undergoing this form of plastic surgery.
A facelift cannot be performed in the office of the cosmetic surgeon, it requires extensive time in an operating room. The results will last longer and are more dramatic than dermal fillers and other temporary cosmetic treatments, but it will not permanently make you look like you are in your 20s or 30s again. When you have realistic expectations before the surgery you are more likely to be satisfied with the results.
What are the Possible Facelift Benefits?
A facelift can offer many benefits if you are starting to show signs of aging, but this is a serious plastic surgery that should not be undertaken lightly. If you have started to notice sagging in the facial area or deep creases around the eyes then this cosmetic surgery procedure may be able to help. The same is true if you are starting to develop a double chin or jowls.
As you age the skin and fat on the facial area and neck may start to sag or slide down. A facelift is a plastic surgery technique that lifts these components back up to give you a tauter and more tones appearance. Wrinkles and excess skin that hangs can be eliminated or minimized so you look more youthful and attractive.
There are Facelift Risks to be Considered
The risks involved with a facelift are often similar to the risks with any type of invasive plastic surgery procedures. Poor wound healing, unexpected scarring, general anesthesia risks, and other problems are not common but they can occur. Nerve injury, pain, and infection are also possible problems after a facelift. Your plastic surgeon can discuss the specific risks in your case and help you determine whether this type of plastic surgery is right for you.
Will Less Invasive Cosmetic Procedures do the Same Thing?
A facelift is considered major plastic surgery, and there are less invasive cosmetic procedures that may be alternatives in some cases. These cosmetic procedures will not last as long as the facelift plastic surgery will but they are less invasive and usually less expensive. The recovery time for this type of procedure can be several weeks or longer, and you may not be able to perform your usual daily tasks during this period.
Your cosmetic surgeon will help you decide whether a facelift is needed or if you should have cosmetic procedures performed instead. Every individual is different, and the right choice may not be the same with each patient. Choose a qualified plastic surgeon with considerable experience, and then discuss what you hope to achieve with the specialist.
How Much does a Facelift Cost?
The cost for a facelift will vary, depending on the plastic surgeon, the hospital you chose, the type of facelift undertaken and many other factors. The fee charged by the plastic surgeon is one component, and there will also be a charge for the hospital as well as anesthetist There may be medical tests that are required, and you may require special garments or materials after the plastic surgery.
If you want to discuss a facelift, or any other cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, please call us at Pure Aesthetics on 9252 9262 or contact us for an appointment to see our Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steve Merten.