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The Top Five Facelift Myths

Along with breast enhancement, rhinoplasty, tummy tucks, and liposuction, the facelift is among procedures that are most associated with the practice and artistry of plastic surgery. Given that the facelift was the sixth most commonly performed cosmetic surgery performed in the U.S. in 2018 (bet you did not know that eyelid surgery came in fifth!), the association makes perfect sense. This cosmetic procedure would likely be even more popular if not for numerous facelift myths and misconceptions that have long followed it.

Naples, Florida-based Gardner Plastic Surgery has a stellar track record in reversing the signs of facial aging through face lift surgery, and Drs. Paul Gardner and Leo Baccaro are well attuned to all the misconceptions surrounding the procedure. With hundreds of successful facelifts performed, deconstructing the myths and misconceptions is often a key part of their initial facelift consultation. Here then are the top five myths and misconceptions our surgeons address most:

Myth 1: Facelifts Create a Fake or Pulled-Back Facial Look

Facelift surgery has advanced significantly over the past few decades, and newer surgical techniques and tools help plastic surgeons customize facelift surgeries to help achieve the most natural look possible. During your initial consultation with Gardner Plastic Surgery, your surgeon will closely examine the unique features of your face to determine which techniques will deliver the optimum aesthetic results desired. Your skin condition and other factors will dictate your surgeon’s recommendations, which could be as simple as a mini facelift, which are becoming increasingly popular.

Myth 2: Facelifts Provide the Most Benefits to People Over 50

While a person over 50 likely has more visible signs of facial aging than younger people, everyone ages at a different rate. The visible signs of aging are influenced by genetics, sun exposure, smoking, and other poor lifestyle habits, such as diet. Some 50-year-olds can look 35, and some 35-year-olds can look like they’re 50. Thus, no matter what the age, anyone with sagging skin and excessive wrinkling can benefit from the procedure.

Myth 3: Facelift Recovery Times are Exceptionally Long and Painful

Because the facelift is surgery, there is no getting around the need for recovery time, and that this recovery will cause some discomfort. Gardner Plastic Surgery recommends two weeks of downtime before returning to regular activities, and finds that most patients experience full recovery, as marked by end of swelling, in about four weeks. However, pain and discomfort is often most noticeable during the first two days, after which it tends to subside significantly. And any pain and discomfort can be easily addressed with medication and ice packs. Additionally, some patients may benefit from more limited procedures, such as a mini facelift or neck lift. In the appropriate patient, these can be done with a mild sedative and local anesthesia. Mini facelift and neck lift patients can expect quicker recovery times.

Myth 4: Botox™ and Other Dermal Fillers Can Provide Similar Results

While these minimally invasive procedures can reduce signs of aging and ease the look of wrinkles and fine lines, they do not provide the superior skin tightening results of the facelift, nor results that will remain apparent for years. Botox™ and similar treatments often serve best as a pre-facelift treatment regimen, correcting minor imperfections until sagging skin and wrinkling become too pronounced and must be addressed surgically.

Myth 5: Men Do Not Seek Facelifts

Women do represent the bulk of facelift patients, but the numbers of men getting facelift surgery has increased 20 percent since 2000, according to the ASPS, and men now make up about 10 percent of the annual facelift patient population.

Learn More Through a Consultation at Gardner Plastic Surgery

If you would like to learn more about facelift surgery and find out if it’s the right solution for reducing wrinkles and other signs of aging on your face, Dr. Paul Gardner or Dr. Leo Baccaro would be happy to speak to you in a one-on-one consultation. Our surgeons at Gardner Plastic Surgery have a solid reputation for helping patients choose cosmetic procedures that best meet the aesthetic goals of their clients. Contact Gardner Plastic Surgery today at 239.566.2611 to schedule your initial consultation.

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At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.

The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.

Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and labiaplasty.

Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, MD received extensive training at the prestigious Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, where he worked with some of the most well-renowned practitioners in the art of cosmetic surgery. With honors and awards throughout medical school and his residency, Dr. Baccaro earned a stellar reputation for high quality surgical care with both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Dr. Mark Walsh, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. Dr. Walsh participated in the prestigious plastic surgery training program at Duke University. He has also served as an invited reviewer and has provided expert commentaries for multiple surgical journals, including the highly regarded Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Dr. Andrew M. Bonett, MD specializes in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with specific interests in reconstruction after breast and skin cancers, including Mohs reconstruction. His experience also includes reconstruction following traumatic injuries, body contouring, and general cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.

The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.

As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that a desired outcome will be achieved. There are a number of health risks associated with even minor medical procedures. If you have any health issues or concerns, please feel free to discuss them any time with your surgeon at our Naples’ plastic surgery center.
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