Facelift surgery is designed to alleviate sagging facial tissues and bring back your youthful appearance. This procedure can remove saggy skin and deep wrinkles as well as lift and tighten your facial features and is one of the most effective options for facial rejuvenation.
First and foremost, it is absolutely essential that your doctor is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or ABPS. Certification from the International Society of Plastic Surgeons or ISPS is also a plus. The main idea is to ensure your chosen doctor has the right expertise and knowledge on how the body behaves with surgical cosmetic augmentations. Board certification from these internationally acclaimed organizations ensures that the doctor was peer reviewed and received the highest standards of training in physician practice and plastic surgery.
Facelift is an effective time machine procedure that can make a patient drastically look younger. However, results vary from patient to patient on a case by case basis. This means that during your consultation, it is important to ask your doctor for before and after photos of previous patients that had a similar case as you. The more pictures he has available, the more experienced the doctor will be so pay attention to the quantity of the pictures as well as how similar the cases are to yours. The photos will speak for themselves and will allow you to better gauge what type of results the doctor can provide.
The buck doesn’t stop after you see the photos. In order to find the most ideal doctor and improve your chances of having a successful operation and recovery, it is important to get as much details as you can. Looking at patient reviews from third party websites like Yelp, which make it nearly impossible for businesses to manipulate reviews, allows you to get a firsthand account on what to expect from your potential doctor.
Another way is to ask your friends and family and see if anyone has gotten a facelift. If you’re lucky, you can get a referral to a doctor directly from someone in your social circle and have a trustworthy source telling you what to expect from the procedure. Some doctors will even allow you to speak privately with one of their previous patients so don’t be afraid to ask during consultation. Remember, you are risking your health with any surgery, so it is essential to keep asking questions even to the point of redundancy. In this case, it is much better to be safe than sorry.
There are different types of facelift techniques available to treat varying degrees of saggy skin and wrinkles:
On average, a facelift procedure costs between $6,000 to $12,000 dollars but, just like with any plastic surgery, prices can jump wildly depending on the location, the doctor’s expertise and how much media coverage they are getting.
Your consultation is a crucial step in your journey so it is important to have questions prepared before you meet with your doctor. Here’s a few to get you started: