The Truth About Facelifts: Dispelling Common Myths About Facelifts

posted on:
April 27th, 2022
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Dr. Mulholland

While the signs of ageing eventually show up in multiple areas of the body, there are few other places that prominently display these signs, like the face. Being the area that is most consistently exposed to the elements like sun, pollution, and of course, facial expressions, your face quickly builds up lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

Unfortunately, the face is also the focal point of where humans interact with each other, especially in today’s digital age where so much of our daily interactions are captured between the shoulder-up confines of webcams.

Fortunately, all is not lost. Rhytidectomy, also known as the facelift, is a popular cosmetic surgery that can help to transform the face, turning back the clock decades, allowing a person to appear younger and more refreshed.

However, facelifts are often misunderstood, and there are many myths out there that poorly perpetuate these misconceptions. We’re here to set the record straight. Here are some of the most common myths about facelifts and the truths behind them.

Myth: Facelifts Are Only for Older People

Due to the nature of facelifts removing lines and many types of wrinkles from the face, it is a common misunderstanding that one must already show heavy signs of aging in the face before undergoing a facelift procedure. In actuality, the opposite is actually true.

If a person waits until they have extreme signs of aging, a more extreme facelift will be required to treat these signs. This can lead to a more intense healing process and a lengthier recovery. Moreover, the results of the procedure may show drastic and noticeable due to the noticeable smoothing effects.

Often the main sign of good plastic surgery is when there are no signs at all, so it’s best not to wait until it’s too late for a seamless facelift. In fact, a person may start seeking a facelift as young as their mid-30s and 40s.

There are several types of facelifts that exist that treat a variety of different concerns of the face. For example, those younger with fewer signs of aging may only be interested in a mini facelift. A mini facelift in Toronto treats concerns like preventing sagging cheeks and jowls but leaves the other portions of the face, like the brows and mid-face, untouched.

A mid-facelift, meanwhile, treats the center of your face, where facial expressions like smiling and frowning most impact your skin and cause wrinkles around the cheeks, eyes, and nose. This type of facelift is popularly paired with other procedures like blepharoplasty, which further treats the signs of aging in the eyes, such as drooping eyelids, puffy bags, and dark circles.

Those who undergo a full facelift to treat all areas of concern on the face may then later opt to receive “touch-ups” using the above two methods, as they are less intensive, rather than undergoing another intensive full facelift.

Depending on the nature and method of the facelift, the average cost of a facelift in Toronto begins anywhere between $12,000-18,000.

Myth: Facelifts are Noticeable

Very much related to the above information, this myth is often perpetuated by tabloid magazines looking to use celebrities as punchlines for “botched” plastic surgery. You should find comfort in knowing that the goal of any respectable plastic surgeon is to provide you with natural results and strive to make the signs of cosmetic surgery as discreet as possible.

When it comes to surgical marks, facelift incisions are typically made within the hairline, which makes them nearly impossible to spot during your day-to-day. Even in situations where further incisions are required, attempts are made to keep things discreet. Incisions around the chin, for example, are made to follow the natural creases and shadows of the chin, hiding the marking as much as possible.

The best signs of plastic surgery are when there are little to no signs on display at all. If you are unsure of how your surgeons work may look, take a look at their clinics before and after photos, and see if the end-results match your expectations.

Myth: Facelifts Are Only for Women

This myth has less to do with facelifts specifically but for plastic surgery as a whole. It is a common misconception that elective plastic surgery is only for women. While women do make up a majority of those seeking plastic surgery, more men than ever before are undergoing these cosmetic procedures. It is estimated that roughly one in ten patients with facelifts are men.

Both men and women alike deserve to have their confidence boosted and feel their absolute best. For men specifically, a facelift can help create a more masculine appearance in the jawline and help to remove the signs of aged and tired skin around the face.

Part of the reason for the jump of interest from men has to do with the sharp rise of digital meetings and conferences that have taken place in the last few years and more emphasis than ever on our faces during these times of work.

Gender alone does not make a patient a good or bad candidate for cosmetic surgery. Here are some of the qualifications that do make a good candidate:

  • Sagging skin on the cheeks or jawline
  • Lax muscle tissue in the cheeks
  • Loose, folding neck skin
  • Noticeable wrinkles around the mouth and nose
  • Drooping jowls
  • Non-Smoker
  • Good physical health
  • No underlying medical conditions

Myth: Botox Does the Same as a Facelift

Injectable treatments such as Botox are a very effective treatment for helping reduce the signs of aging in the face. However, Botox or any temporary injectable is just that; temporary. Injectables and fillers do not address or strengthen the underlying connective tissues and muscles in the face and require re-application every few months to keep up their effects.

Meanwhile, the benefits of a facelift will last a person roughly ten years before they require touching up again.

If you have concerns about undergoing surgery, consider a procedure such as a Toronto FaceTite routine, which is a non-surgical facelift method.

It is important to note that no amount or type of cosmetic procedure can physically stop the aging process, and it is paramount to have realistic expectations when seeking procedures to ensure natural results and lower your risks of complications.

Myth: Facelifts is Dangerous

While many people may be wary of cosmetic plastic surgery, especially in sensitive areas such as the face, it has never been a safer or better time to undergo a cosmetic procedure.

Of course, no respectable plastic surgery clinic would ever tell you that a surgical procedure is completely risk free. All surgeries, whether they are medical or elective, come with chances of risks. Any clinic or surgeon who promises a completely risk-free magical procedure, may not have your best interests in mind.

However, with that said, surgical technology has never been more advanced, and there are more safety features in place than ever before. It is estimated less than one percent of those who under cosmetic plastic surgery ever face serious complications.

Our skilled team of cosmetic surgeons work with your safety as our number one priority.

Book An Appointment With Toronto Plastic Surgeons

If you’re interested in undergoing a facelift or have more questions about the procedure, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with a member of our team. You can schedule a consultation with us today by booking online or by calling us at 647-723-3739. Our team of board-certified team at Toronto Plastic Surgeons is dedicated to bringing you the most efficient, natural, and long-lasting results are possible.

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Dr. Stephen Mulholland, Md

Dr. Stephen Mulholland has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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