Have you ever considered a facelift? Millions of people – mostly women – have voluntarily undergone surgery to look younger. If you’re considering this surgery, perhaps our guest author today can help you make a decision that is right for you.
The world of plastic surgery is expanding from within the bounds of Hollywood, celebrities or the super-rich and into the realms of the average American.
According to data collected by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, cosmetic procedures have increased by 155% since 1997.
While some forms of plastic surgery still seem excessive and extravagant, many “average” people are turning to cosmetic surgery as a way to age gracefully while looking and feeling young.
If you’re considering a facelift, you’re not alone. Facelifts are currently the seventh most common plastic surgery procedures performed.
Like any surgery, facelifts involve health risks, but also offer health benefits. Dr. Barbara Persons suggests three benefits of a facelift that go beyond just the surface value.
1. Improved Confidence and Quality of Life
Feeling great and looking great go hand in hand, especially in today’s society. Growing older is unavoidable. But, the way in which people age, or how they deal with the process, is far from universal. While some age beautifully, others struggle to cope with their changing physiques, making their overall zest for life take a serious plunge.
Dr. Persons finds that many of her facelift patients report that they not only look younger, but feel younger also. They find themselves to be more outgoing, confident and able to easily interact in social settings.
2. Removal of Excess Skin
As skin begins to sag with older age, it often accumulates around the face and neck. Excess skin, especially in those areas can be a major factor in looking and feeling old. Modern facelifts treat the aggregated excess skin, making it look younger and tauter.
3. Tightened Facial and Neck Muscles
Facelifts not only remove excess skin, but also tighten face and neck muscles in the process. Those with excess skin can sometimes experience vision problems as a result of severe sagging skin above the eyelids. The removal of the skin along with the tightened muscles can mean relief from vision difficulties.
Though facelifts can be beneficial, all surgery comes with risks. Cosmetic surgery, like any other surgical procedure, requires the use of anesthesia, which can cause many complications depending on the patient.
Additionally, there is a risk of hemorrhaging, which can then lead to blood collecting outside of the vessels. Though it only occurs in 10% of cosmetic surgery cases, it is the most common complication of cosmetic surgery.
Other risks include nerve damage and numbness, blood clotting, and infection. Smokers are known to heal slower than non-smokers.
Modern medicine has allowed cosmetic surgery to turn back the clock on the aging process, at least aesthetically, and attitudes towards the procedures are changing. Sixty-seven percent of Americans would not be embarrassed if their friends or family found out that they’d had cosmetic surgery.
If you’re considering a facelift, weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Cosmetic surgery isn’t for everyone, but for some can be a great way to look and feel young again.