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How Much Younger Will I Look After a Facelift?

When you look in the mirror, are you happy with the person you see gazing back?

Do you look as young as you feel?

If you answered no to those questions, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. While 95% of facelift patients are happy they had the operation, it’s still not a decision to take lightly. Asking the right questions and seeking the counsel of a trustworthy plastic surgeon are the best ways to determine if a facelift is right for you.

One question we’re asked quite often is, "How much younger will a facelift make me look?"

While we can't answer that question directly (beauty is in the eye of the beholder), we can provide you with information to help you get a better idea of the results you may expect from a facelift.

How Much Younger Will a Facelift Make Me Look?

Before we address the question of how much younger you will look with a facelift, let's put the procedure into context. It's not uncommon for people to have misconceptions about what a facelift is and what it entails. .

To get a better understanding of the procedure, and its results, let's explore the situations in which a facelift is beneficial:

The most common problem features a facelift addresses are:

  • Sagging neck
  • Sagging jawline
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Facial hollows
  • Deep wrinkles and folds

A facelift addresses these issues, and helps counter the effects of aging by:

  • Tightening the jowls
  • Defining the jawline
  • Lifting and filling the cheeks
  • Smoothing the neckline

While alternative treatments exist, a facelift provides the most dramatic, natural-looking, and longest lasting results.

How Young Will You Look After a Facelift?

Though the end result is a younger, refreshed, and more natural you, it’s hard to determine exactly how young you will look after a facelift. The results are subjective and depend upon:

  • Your opinion
  • The opinion of others who know you
  • The opinion of strangers you meet

With that being said, the average result most people experience may come as a pleasant surprise.

In a survey of facelift patients:

  • 87% reported positive reactions from others and a boost in self-esteem.
  • 97% thought they looked younger after surgery by an average of twelve years.
  • 95% were pleased with their results and felt that the surgery met their expectations.

A patient's age and the effects of aging before the procedure generally determine how many years younger they believe they look after the procedure.

Older patients usually see more dramatic results than younger patients. In any case, regardless of your age or how old you think you look now, expect to appear more rested, refreshed, and younger after facelift surgery.

Plus, the results will look natural and you will still look like yourself.

Is a Facelift Right For Me?

A facelift is only one of a myriad of options. As a matter of fact, there are even many different versions of a facelift, depending on the technique a surgeon utilizes. In many cases, a skilled plastic surgeon will pair a facelift with complementary treatments in order to deliver the very best results. For this reason, choosing a qualified plastic surgeon is one of the most important steps in your journey to reclaiming your beauty.

The plastic surgeon you choose for the procedure should be skilled and experienced in all facial rejuvenation procedures. That way, they can pair you with the right procedures to best deliver the results you want, rather than simply recommending the procedures they feel more confident administering.

Browsing before and after photos on the surgeon’s website, or at their office, will help you determine if their artistic style and results match your own.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Dr. Fan is a skilled plastic surgeon who has vast experience with a variety of facelift techniques and procedures. He is also highly experienced with noninvasive and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatments. He and his fantastic team will help you find the best procedure to fit your goals.

Contact Dr. Fan today or book a complimentary consultation here.

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About the Author

Dr. Larry Fan is a Harvard educated, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, CA. He is a Master Artist who is known for creating beautiful, stunning, and natural results. Dr. Fan has been named One of America's Top Plastic Surgeons for the past 10 years running and has received several national awards for his work in Plastic Surgery. He has successfully performed more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures of the face, breasts, and body over a 20 year period. Dr Fan has been an invited speaker at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, NBC, and ABC.

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