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Overcoming Your Facelift Fears

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Thinking about getting a facelift, but worried about enduring a lengthy recovery, looking unnatural, or being that rare person who experiences complications? Then there’s the anxiety about being able to afford it. It’s one thing to get BOTOX┬« injections, but “going under the knife” is quite different.

Believe me, patients from Douglasville to Canton share these concerns with our plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South all the time. Being nervous about having cosmetic surgery is normal, and it’s common to be hesitant about moving forward with a facelift. We want our patients to feel comfortable about their decisions, which is why our surgeons take the time to honestly and thoroughly describe the procedure and explain the various options available. For some, a mini facelift is a better fit; others benefit from a brow lift, or eyelid surgery.

Here are some the most common concerns patients share with their surgeons during facelift consultations:

  • Looking unnatural, or “worked on,” after the procedure
  • Having to take too much time off work
  • Debating whether it’s worth the cost

One point to consider: The results will last your entire life. You will always look younger, more refreshed, and less tired after a facelift or other cosmetic facial surgery. The aging process continues and tissues will eventually loosen, but even then, you will age more gracefully.

I also emphasize that our surgeons strive for results that look natural, so patients look better after surgery but without the “worked on” look that causes concern. Most patients are thrilled with the results of a face and neck lift procedure. They’re also pleasantly surprised by how quickly they recover. Most are quite comfortable being out and about in public 2 weeks after the surgery.

Eyelid surgery, called blepharoplasty, also gets high marks from patients. The procedure removes excess skin and bulging fat pads from the upper and lower eyelids, giving patients a more youthful, rested, and alert appearance. It’s often performed using a local anesthetic, and the recovery is relatively comfortable.

For many patients, the reason their worries persist is because they haven’t yet had the chance to talk through them. If that sounds like you, it’s worth it to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns. Once you’ve established a trusting relationship and understand what you can realistically expect, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll feel much more confident about your choice.

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