Everything You Should Know About Getting a Facelift

If you’ve started to look at your options for a facelift, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available online. Frustratingly enough, a lot of the information can seem to contradict itself, leaving you with more questions than answers. Although the best way to learn more about your facelift options is through a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, here’s a quick guide to facelifts and what you can expect.

Facelifts are unmatched

There are a lot of people online that claim that purchasing their products and implementing their facial exercises can help to turn back the hands of time without any surgical intervention. While this would be nice, it is far from the truth. The facelift remains the gold standard in facial rejuvenation because it works– to achieve transformative results, you’ll need surgical techniques.

When should I have a facelift?

Having any surgical procedure done can feel like a big step and a facelift is no different. It can be difficult to know if it’s the right time for a facelift, though, and many different sources will give you different answers. We generally let patients gauge their need for a facelift themselves. If they feel like their sagging skin is disrupting their self-confidence and if less invasive methods don’t achieve the results they want, then it’s time to try a facelift.

When am I too old for a facelift?

Age has little to do with the facelift process– rather, you should assess your health and how safe a surgical procedure will be. Everyone ages at different rates, so basing your decision on a hard number can be misleading. Speak with your plastic surgeon about your concerns and they can determine whether you’re a good candidate for plastic surgery or if you should explore safer options.

The recovery process

Usually, the recovery period lasts about a week and a half, but most people don’t feel comfortable returning to public until two or more weeks. During the first few days following a facelift, you should plan to do limited work and have someone near who can help you accomplish necessary tasks. During the time following your procedure, it’s important to stay healthy with eight hours of sleep, a balanced diet, and plenty of liquids.

Will a facelift last forever?

Unfortunately, the facelift does not stop the aging process; however, the results usually last for several years. You can help your facelift results last longer by using the right skincare products, protecting yourself from the sun, and embracing a healthier lifestyle. For most patients, a facelift can remove as much as a decade from the facial profile and appearance.

A board certified plastic surgeon is a must!

While a facelift is usually a very simple process, having an experienced and trained plastic surgeon is necessary to ensure that you receive the best results with a safe procedure. Since your face represents you, it’s extremely important to avoid cheap deals by inexperienced surgeons. No matter how good a plastic surgeon may seem at first glance, it’s also important to pay attention to your intuition. If a surgeon is unwilling to address your concerns or doesn’t seem knowledgeable about a facelift, then keep searching. A worthwhile plastic surgeon will address your concerns, provide before-and-after photos, and be realistic about your procedure and results.

Schedule a Consultation

To begin planning your facelift procedure and learn more about what to expect, we invite you to contact our Gulfport office by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. Richardson can meet during a private consultation to begin creating the ideal treatment package for you.


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