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We also welcome the chance to set the record straight and correct the latest misinformation we find. We invite you to join our quest to slay annoyingly persistent facelift myths, using our sword of truth …and the help of the internationally respected American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS).

No One Gets Facelifts Anymore

It is true that rhinoplasty continues to hold the #1 spot when it comes to cosmetic plastic surgery. As the AAFPRS reports in a recent press release, however, the number of facelifts performed annually is growing, shooting its popularity skyward from #7 in 2019 to #2 today. Will facelifts move to number one in the future? Yes, if work is done to debunk “several myths that surround the facelifting procedure,” says AAFPRS president Dr Paul Carnio.

Facelifts are only for Ladies

Absolutely not! Surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation is an option for anyone who wants a more youthful appearance. “A mini facelift procedure may be a better option for someone in their 30s looking to tighten up the jawline or mid face than multiple microneedling treatments,” reports the AAFPRS.

Facelifts are for Old People

This is an interesting myth and begs the question, “Does your skin know your chronological age?” (It doesn’t.) Each of us ages in a unique way. Delaying a facelift because you think you’re not old enough can actually work against you. The longer you wait, the more pronounced your problems will become. A consultation with a qualified facial plastic surgeon is the best way to determine if the time is right.

It Doesn’t Matter Which Facelift Procedure You Choose

Wrong. Very wrong. Facelifts, and especially deep plane facelifts, are among the most highly customisable facial rejuvenation procedures there are. Surgical facelifts are the polar opposite of a one-size-fits-all approach to a more youthful appearance. They allow patients and surgeons to factor in key criteria including:

  • Age
  • Skin type
  • Desired results

Any Plastic Surgeon Can Perform a Facelift Successfully

No. “Not all physicians who practice cosmetic surgery receive training in facelift surgery in their residency training, so it’s important to do your homework before choosing a facelift surgeon,” recommends the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. An ideal doctor will have:

  • Extensive knowledge of facial anatomy
  • Specific skills in facelift surgical techniques
  • A keen aesthetic eye
  • Experience in providing the procedure you need

The ABCS also recommends that men considering facelift surgery make sure a prospective doctor has experience performing facelifts for male patients. “The anatomy of the male face is unique from a woman’s and requires a knowledgeable approach,” they report.

A Facelift is All I Need for Facial Rejuvenation

Yes and no. Dr Carnio notes that surgical facelifting procedures seek to address loose, sagging skin on the face, neck and jowls. He notes, however, “Wrinkles are best addressed with lasers, microneedling, radio frequency, or peels.” For this reason, many patients combine various surgical facelift and non-surgical treatments to help them rejuvenate their appearance.

Congratulations! You’re now a warrior princess or prince in the Costhetics Facelift Myth-Slaying army. Armed with the facts (and the right surgeon), you can turn back the clock on facial ageing …almost like magic!

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