Facelifts are a common procedure embraced by men and women worldwide. Due to the popularity of facelifts, there are many misconceptions about the treatment. The first step to debunking myths is understanding what is a facelift and how it may bring you closer to your aesthetic goals.

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A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a complex and customizable cosmetic procedure that can help you create a younger-looking appearance on your face by removing excess skin, smoothing out wrinkles, or tightening facial tissue. If you’re considering the treatment, it’s essential to learn the facts behind some of the most common myths about facelifts.

Myth #1: Everyone Can Tell You’ve Had a Facelift
The purpose of a facelift is to help you appear younger, but it doesn’t necessarily mean everyone will know you’ve had a facelift. A qualified surgeon will help you achieve natural-looking results, ensuring that you feel comfortable in your skin.

Old-fashioned facelifts often produced a pulled look or visible scars, making a facelift highly visible. However, surgeons with extensive experience possess the necessary skills to create incisions in places that aren’t visible, allowing you to achieve a facelift without exposed scars.

Myth #2: Facelift Surgery is Only for Women
Although most facelift patients are women, the procedure can be performed on men too. Men also use facelifts for the same purposes as women, to reduce visible signs of aging on the face and neck.

Facelifts started gaining popularity among men during the global pandemic, as the sharp rise in high-definition Zoom calls made men more aware of flaws in their faces. Recovery time also contributed to its popularity as men who prefer to recover discreetly were able to do so in the comfort of their homes.

Myth #3: Any Surgeon Can Perform a Facelift
Facelifts are complex procedures, and every surgeon cannot perform them. It’s vital for a facelift surgeon to be board-certified and have extensive experience in safely performing the procedure.

To ensure that you’re in good hands, take your time to look for a qualified surgeon that works with a reputable clinic. Ask the surgeon to show you some of their past work and ask questions to determine your comfort level with them. Finding a surgeon, you can trust will make you more comfortable with the process.  

Myth #4: Facelift Results Are Permanent
A facelift will help you look younger for many years, but it cannot stop the aging process. In general, a facelift can be expected to last ten years. However, the results can vary among patients, and many factors contribute to the longevity of facelift results, such as sun exposure, lifestyle habits, genetics, and skin quality.

Myth #5: I Can Get the Same Results with Injectables
While injectable solutions such as Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers can help you achieve younger-looking skin, the treatment does not replace facelift surgery. Injectables can provide a subtle look, while facelifts can help you achieve more drastic results.

Injectable solutions don’t address the underlying muscle, and connective tissues of the face like facelifts do, and the results also have a shorter lifespan compared to facelifts.

If you’re thinking about getting a facelift to address aging concerns, consult a qualified plastic surgeon and take some to learn the facts behind common myths circulating about the procedure.