Barry Press, M.D., FACS
Choosing a Facelift in 2013
_The Facelift Problem
Even though non-surgical treatments are increasing in popularity, surgical rejuvenation of the face remains one of the most popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons. We have all seen unnatural and even grotesque results from these procedures, sometimes in often-photographed celebrities.
Such results are virtually never seen when these procedures are performed by competent plastic surgeons. The ideal facelift will "turn back the clock" of facial aging for 15-25 years, but will not elicit comments such as, "Wow, you had a facelift!"
Instead, the ideal facelift will achieve its goal in a subtle manner that, while evident to the surgeon and patient, may elicit no comments, or responses such as, "Gee, you look terrific...have you lost weight?" or "You are looking great; have you been on vacation?" These are the results and responses that please my patients and me when undertaking these common procedures.
"Facelift" is an extremely vague term . It can be used to describe a procedure that may be done in a doctor's office with only local anesthesia or a complex operative procedure done with general anesthesia that requires 3-4 weeks or more for recovery. Because there are so many variations of this procedure, and because more are described and published in surgical journals monthly, it is very difficult for the average patient to know which way to turn when researching this operation.
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