Can a Facelift Look Natural?

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There are many accounts of cosmetic surgery gone wrong online and in tabloids. This might make you anxious about undergoing the facelift procedure for rejuvenation of your appearance. The photos you see online of these surgeries which went wrong show unnatural results and a pulled appearance. You should understand these are just a few exceptional cases that are a result of the inexperience of the surgeon. When you consult an experienced surgeon like Dr. Wallach, he will examine your face and the aging skin before customizing the facelift procedure to suit your specific requirements. You can achieve stunning and natural appearing results which will help you take years off your face.

Every facelift procedure must be customized to your specific facial anatomy and desired cosmetic goals. This ensures that you achieve enhanced skin quality and the desired tightness which gives you a refreshed appearance. A skilled surgeon with the right techniques will help you get a healthy radiance and glow to your skin. You will look rested and the results are so natural that your colleagues and friends won’t even be able to guess that you underwent a cosmetic procedure.

How can you achieve natural-appearing results?

There are some basic rules which must be followed to help you achieve natural results from the procedure. When you choose the right surgeon for your facelift, half of your work is done. Your surgeon will use various techniques to correct the sagging and other signs of aging so that you get your desired natural-appearing results and not the pulled appearance you have seen from inexperienced surgeons. It is important to pick a surgeon who has been trained in, and fully understands the underlying structures of the face.

How to choose the right surgeon for your facelift?

If you have decided to undergo a facelift procedure for rejuvenation, you must start by looking for a surgeon who has significant experience with facelifts in addition to the required surgical skills to offer you natural results. You can ask your friends, family members or a doctor for recommendations; you can also check online for ratings of different surgeons. Once you have scheduled a consultation with your chosen surgeon, you should ask to see before and after photos of their previous patients. This will show you any of the common mistakes that surgeons make during a facelift and let you see if their patients have been satisfied with the results. Dr. Wallach is an experienced surgeon who has been offering dramatic enhancement to his facelift patients. He can provide you with before and after photos so you can feel for yourself the results that he is able to provide.

Muscular layers of the skin must be lifted

With aging, it is common for the collagen in your skin to reduce. When you smoke, make poor diet choices, and use abrasive skin products, it further reduces the collagen. Added to this, weather and sun exposure also deteriorates your skin. Collagen is essential for adding strength and structure to the skin and when it gradually reduces, it leads to laxity of skin and sagging. These undesirable changes to your skin make you look older than how you feel. During the facelift procedure, your skin should be lifted and tightened to help it look youthful once again. Unfortunately, when the surgeon only focuses on your skin, your results may not turn out to be as dramatic as you expect them to be.

With time, not just your skin but the underlying soft tissue also become loose. When your facelift procedure only targets the skin, the results are not stunning. This makes it essential that the underlying soft tissues are also tightened in addition to the skin being re-draped over them so that it stays in a youthful position. With this technique, the youthful contours of your face can be restored.

Your facial skin must not be overstretched

During your facelift procedure, the skin of your lower and mid-face area is redraped over the underlying soft tissue. However, your surgeon must have the skills to not overdo this. While under-correction during the procedure may not offer any significant changes to your appearance, overcorrection might be too extreme. When you are still in your youth, the skin is supple and moves with facial expressions. However, if your skin gets overstretched, it will not be able to behave similarly giving you a pulled appearance with the lack of vivid facial expressions. These are the dreaded photos you have seen online that scared you off this beneficial procedure. This should have helped you understand how to avoid getting an unnatural look from the facelift procedure. When you meet Dr. Wallach for a consultation, you should ensure that you discuss your fears and cosmetic goals with him.   

Steven Wallach MD

Steven Wallach MD

Dr. Wallach is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in performing cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. As one of the cutting edge experts in the field, Dr. Wallach consults on a regular basis with people in the beauty, media, and publishing worlds.

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