Let’s talk money: Plastic surgery can be a transformative experience, but it is definitely an investment that must be considered carefully before setting a date for surgery. If you’re considering face lift surgery, then you may have been surprised at the high cost of the surgery. Face lifts are a highly customized procedure that can be very in-depth, producing dramatic results that typically make patients look years younger. But how do you know if a face lift is worth the investment of thousands of dollars? That depends on a variety of factors that are unique to you and your goals. Let’s take a look at what some of those are.
Your Individual Signs of Aging
Everyone is unique, and no one ages in exactly the same way. When considering the pros and cons of a face lift, it’s important to take a hard look in the mirror and figure out what is bothering you the most. Does your skin look drab and spotted? Are you seeing a lot of sagging skin? Volume loss? Deep wrinkles? Face lift surgery is great for tightening and repositioning the facial tissues, but it is not effective for treating aesthetic issues of the skin. Taking stock of what is important to you can help you determine whether or not a face lift will be a good investment for you. You may need additional procedures on top of a facelift to get the results you want, which means an additional investment.
Considering the Duration of Results
One factor that many patients worry about when deciding to invest in a face lift is the duration of results. The good news is that traditional face lift procedures generally produce long-lasting results that can remain apparent for years, up to about 8-10 years in some cases. The longevity of face lift results depend on lifestyle and age, but a skilled surgeon can give patients great anti-aging effects with this surgery that will slow down the aging process and keep patients looking younger, longer.
Alternatives to the Traditional Face Lift
A face lift is a great option for older patients, but it’s not the right choice for everyone. You may want to consider a “mini” face lift if you do not yet have more advanced signs of aging. Mini lifts typically focus on one area of the face, rather than the entire lower face, which is traditionally addressed during a facelift. Other patients choose a resurfacing procedure or non-invasive treatments like injectables. Investing in your appearance can give you a new lease on life, but you don’t necessarily need a face lift to look great. Talking to a plastic surgeon about your options can help you decide which procedures are best for you.
Is a Face Lift Right for You?
If you’re weighing the cost of a face lift, then you probably already think the surgery could benefit you. A good next step is to discuss your situation with a plastic surgeon and get a professional opinion on which procedures might best suit your needs. Remember, only you can make the decision to invest in a face lift, so it’s important that you get the facts and learn as much as you can about the procedure and the cost before you make a decision. You should be comfortable with making the investment before you move forward, because it is major surgery that will change your appearance, and likely your confidence and self-esteem—but only if you’re ready.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover is a face lift expert, with decades of experience in performing procedures that give patients a long duration of results. If you are debating the pros and cons of investing in a face lift procedure, head on over to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Bentkover in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover will go over your candidacy for the procedure, assess your facial aging to determine if a face lift will help you reach your goals, and give you an idea of the kind of results you could expect from surgery. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have, to help you make your decision. Call either location today to schedule your consultation!