As much as we appreciate the ability to turn to nonsurgical modalities to correct the signs of aging, we also recognize the value of a well-performed facelift. Because a facelift is a surgical procedure, and because we’ve seen high-profile evidence of what can go wrong if this surgery is not done well, most people who feel dissatisfied with their aging face procrastinate to some degree. We understand that undergoing facelift surgery is a significant event. Our patients are provided with clear input about their potential surgery, what they can expect, and how it can help improve their appearance. This information is lacking, though, until that call is made to consult with a plastic surgeon about cosmetic concerns. Here, we discuss two ways that you might know that a facelift is your next best step in feeling your best.

“I don’t look like Me.”

When you look in the mirror, do you say this to yourself? Has aging changed your appearance in ways you never anticipated? This isn’t uncommon. We tend to assume we will look wrinkled and maybe a little tired as we get older. We know we won’t look 25 forever. Beyond lines and creases, though, aging causes structural changes that affect the shape of the face. As fat pads degrade, the cheeks and temple area narrow and flatten. As the skin and connective tissue weaken, the jawline loses its sharpness. Jowls may hang from the sides of the face. In general, the face may look wider or longer with very little dimension to draw the eye. A facelift is performed to restore those contours that you once had. You may not look 25 again, but you’ll look more like yourself than you have in a long time.

“I don’t look like Me.”

We just said that, didn’t we? Yes! But there are two sides to this coin that we must discuss. Aging can change the landscape of the face in ways that degrade your natural beauty. Likewise, the use of injectables can alter the appearance of the face in ways that also make you not look like you. Actress Courteney Cox was a prime example of how overcorrection using dermal fillers can backfire. Rather than restoring natural-looking contours, injectables could create puffiness that makes the face look “done.” Interestingly, that is the very fear that keeps people from seeking information on facelift surgery.

A facelift can make a profound difference in how you feel about your appearance. To discuss the finite details of this beneficial procedure, schedule a consultation at our Santa Barbara office by calling 805.969.9004.

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