In just a few hours, facelift surgery can turn back the clock many years, restoring a smoother, more vibrant, healthier appearance. Exactly what that means in terms of specific results is different for every person. Man or woman, our faces are all one-of-a-kind. The structure, your skin type, genetics, your lifestyle, and other factors all affect how you age – and how your face will respond to facelift surgery.
Advancements in medicine and surgical techniques now give you multiple options when it comes to a “facelift.” This is excellent news because these choices allow you and your surgeon to design a cosmetic procedure that best addresses your concerns and goals. It is truly all about you, and no one else. And the results we can help you achieve will be so natural-looking, people may never know you “had work done.”
But what will your results look like?
That depends on all your personal factors, of course, and also on the type of facelift procedure you choose:
- Mini-lift is popular with younger adults who want to make subtle changes before signs of aging become more obvious. This procedure focuses on smoothing the jawline. Patients typically look 7-10 years younger.
- Deep plane facelift is the latest “full” procedure, addressing the lower third of the face from the cheeks and nasolabial area to the jawline. The resulting changes are more substantial than with a mini-lift. Patients typically look 10-15 years younger.
- Neck lift is popular with those whose primary concern is wrinkles and banding on the neck. Addressing just this one area can also take years off your appearance.
So, whatever the procedure, you can expect to look “better” – younger, smoother, firmer. Better is the key to realistic expectations because there is no such thing as the perfect face. At BHSSCI by Meraas, your surgery will be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facelifting. Our surgeons use natural lifting techniques to restore the face and neck as they were when you were younger. So there is no unnatural “pull,” you still look like yourself, only younger. Better.
You will still look that much younger as you age, though of course aging is inevitable. (Unless, of course, you choose to have another procedure in the future.)
Before and After: Exploring the Possibilities
What does "better" look like? Because everyone is different, results vary from one person to another. Even so, the best way to develop realistic expectations for yourself is to look at results achieved by others. It is easy to find before and after facelift photos online, and you should do that because the more pictures you review, the more of an idea you can get about what is possible. That will help you clarify in your own mind what you want to achieve. In turn, that will help you discuss your desires with your surgeon.
Sheer volume of photos aside, though, what will be most helpful for you is reviewing photos relevant to your situation. So look for examples of patients who are similar to you in age, gender, skin type or ethnicity. Most of all, focus on those patients whose “before” concerns and goals were like yours because their "after" results show what you might also expect to achieve.
Now that you have a better idea of what “better” might look like for you, look for before and after examples of actual patients treated by the surgeon you’re considering. This is the person whose surgical skill and artistic talent will determine the quality of your results. So look closely. You can view the results of our BHSSCI patients in the images below.
No matter how many before and after photos you examine, we know you will still have questions. That’s good. And the best way to get answers is to schedule a personal consultation with one of our world-renowned facelift surgeons. We’re looking forward to meeting you.