Even with the wide array of options available today in facial rejuvenation, traditional face lifts are still considered one of the best methods for dealing with the classic signs of facial aging. Last year alone, according the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 130,000 men and women underwent face lift surgery, making face lifts one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Still, many of my patients have questions about this extremely popular plastic surgery procedure. Here are answers to some of the more common questions I have received about face lifts.
Am I a good candidate for face lift surgery?
When evaluating whether face lift surgery is appropriate for a particular patient, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration, including the patient’s age, facial shape, and condition of their skin. Optimal candidates for a full face lift procedure are non-smokers who are in general good health and who do not have medical conditions that impair healing. While a face lift can generally improve many of the visible signs of aging in the face and neck, it cannot change your fundamental appearance, nor can it stop the aging process. Patients who have consulted extensively with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon prior to the procedure, and who have realistic expectations about the outcome, usually enjoy the highest degree of satisfaction from their face lift results.
At what age should I consider getting a face lift?
Every patient is different and the progression of facial aging differs from face to face, so every patient needs to be assessed individually to determine what procedures are most appropriate to their particular needs. Moreover, it has always been my philosophy on facial aesthetics that minor facial rejuvenation procedures, like laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and injectable cosmetic treatments like Botox® and Juvéderm® can effectively maintain the face’s appearance and effectively delay the point at which more extensive facial cosmetic surgery may become necessary.
Will my skin appear stretched out after I have facelift surgery?
No, not if the correct techniques are used. I believe that the key to a successful facelift is producing a natural, youthful look without over-tightening the skin and creating a “wind-blown” look. Most patients are seeking a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, but still want to look like themselves. Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all facelift, I like to look at each patient’s individual concerns and focus on those specific areas where they need rejuvenation. This allows me to customize every procedure and consistently achieve subtle and natural looking face lift results.
What is a mini-face lift?
A mini-face lift is a less invasive cosmetic facial procedure designed to address only the upper, middle, or lower region of the face using smaller, usually hidden, incisions. The specificity of the approach allows the procedure to be tailored to the individual patient’s needs, achieving customized results with a shorter recovery period.
Why would I get a mini-face lift if I could just get a full face lift?
Facial aging can vary dramatically from person to person, and the different areas of the face usually do not age at precisely the same rate. Very often, one specific facial area or feature may need rejuvenation while other areas require no alteration whatsoever. By using a mini-face lift to address only those key areas of concern as they arise, I can achieve significant results with less overall surgical downtime and discomfort.
About Dr. Fernando D. Burstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Fernando Burstein is a well-respected Atlanta facial plastic surgeon with board certifications in both plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery.) With nearly thirty years of experience specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Burstein has served as the chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and as a clinical professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Emory University. He has authored and published more than 100 articles and book chapters on facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and has been honored as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors, a peer-nominated award in the field of plastic surgery, for the past seven consecutive years.