examining the risks and benefits of a facelift

If you’re reading this blog post there is a chance you’re sitting at your computer wondering, “Should I get a Face-Lift?” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this facial reconstruction surgery is best practiced among healthy, non-smoking individuals, with realistic expectations.

The first thing to do if considering plastic surgery is talk to your doctor. He will able to discuss pricing, desired results, as well as the risks and benefits of a face-lift. The cost of a face-lift is mostly determined by the location of the surgery as well as the surgeon’s own references, so do your researching to find the surgeon who best suits you.

It’s encouraged to speak with individuals who have received the reconstructive surgery prior, in order to learn about their own experiences with the process.

During the recovery period it is important to remember that everyone is different, and the healing process will vary from one individual to the next in terms of swelling, duration, etc.

The benefits of having a face-lift can be, well, uplifting…but it’s important to remember that this is facial surgery, and with that comes its inherent risks. Take a look at the risks and benefits below to answer the question, “Should I get a Face-Lift?”

Benefits:

1.     Decreases sagging in the face

2.     Prevenst deep creases around the eyes

3.     Helps patients gain confidence

4.     Undo the effects of fat drooping like a double chin

Risks:

1.     Anesthesia risks

2.     Infection during the recovery process

3.     Prolonged swelling

4.     Discoloration of the skin

5.     Unsatisfactory results and/or scarring

6.     Hair loss at incisions

As with any other plastic surgery procedure, getting a face lift isn’t a decision that should be made lightly. It’s important to weigh the pros, cons, and costs of the procedure in order to determine whether it’s really something that’s right for you at this stage in your life.

Written by: Maren Burns

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