Facelift surgery is one of the most requested facial plastic surgery procedures and the gold standard in facial rejuvenation. The procedure is designed to address skin and tissue in the lower face and upper neck that have begun to droop and sag. You may think you know everything about facelift surgery, but you may be surprised at some of the less commonly known facts. Here are five gems about facelifts that you may not already know.
1. Rhytidectomies Have Been Around for Over a Century
Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, has a long history, dating back to 1901 when the first facial lift surgery was performed. The procedure has evolved incredibly over the last few decades, resulting in more natural and lasting outcomes for facelift patients.
2. Someone You Know has Probably had a Facelift
Did you know that over 87,000 facelifts were performed in the U.S. in 2021? That does not include the many Americans that may have traveled outside the country for their procedure. On average, that is over 16,000 procedures per state. Over the last few decades, over a million people had a facelift, making it likely you may know someone who had the procedure, even if you cannot see any evidence.
3. Recovery Is Faster Than You Think
The advanced techniques used for the modern facelift allow for faster healing and quick recovery. Some varieties of facelift procedures like the “mini” can allow patients to be back at work in just a few days. Even full facelift surgery patients may be able to be back to most normal activities in about one week.
4. Male and Female Facelifts are Different
While the concept of facelift surgery is the same for all genders, there are differences in the male and female surgery techniques. Males tend to have thicker and heavier skin, along with a more muscular face and neck. The placement of the incisions and methods used to lift the jowls and jawline need to be tailored to the patient.
5. Facelift Results Can Last for Over a Decade
Facelift surgery does not stop the aging process, but it can remove the appearance of a dozen or more years from your face. When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Harry Salinas, the results can last for over a decade, even more with adjunct cosmetic procedures.
If changes to your face are bringing you down, consider giving yourself a lift with a rhytidectomy. Contact us at HMS Plastic Surgery to schedule a facelift consultation at our office in Miami, FL.