Are Worries About a Bad Facelift, Recovery Time & the Cost Valid?

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Are you thinking about getting a facelift but worried about enduring a lengthy recovery time, 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, people considering facelift surgery share these concerns with our plastic surgeons all the time. Being nervous about having cosmetic surgery is normal. 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.

Common Concerns About Having a Facelift

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

  • Having to take too much time off work
  • Debating whether the results are worth it
  • Looking unnatural or “worked on” after the procedure

It’s natural to be hesitant about moving forward with the surgery if you have these and other concerns.

The Truth About Facelift Surgery

When patients share the above worries about facelift surgery, we take the time to answer all their questions with honest facts. Here are some things to think about when considering the procedure:

Facelift Recovery Is Fairly Quick

Our patients are pleasantly surprised by how quickly they recover from their facelift. Most are quite comfortable being out and about in public 2 weeks after the surgery.

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.

Facelift Results Are Long Lasting

One point to consider: While a facelift costs more than nonsurgical procedures, the results will last your entire life. (Learn more in this blog post.) 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.

Advanced Techniques Help Facelifts Look Natural

Our surgeons strive for results that look natural so patients look better after surgery but without that dreaded “worked on” look. Most patients are thrilled with the results of a face and neck lift procedure. A 2015 study found that facelift patients reported high satisfaction with their facial appearance as well as their improved quality of life, social confidence, and psychological well-being after a facelift. Look through our patients’ photos below to see for yourself.

Getting Started

Are you ready to rejuvenate your face? One of our surgeons will be happy to talk with you about facelift surgery and your other options. Use our online form to request a consultation or call us at (770) 421-1242 to schedule an appointment.

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