Should I Get a Facelift or Explore Other Non Surgical Options?

by Dr. Glenn M. Davis

Getting a facelift isn’t always necessary. If you are still weighing your options on whether or not to get a facelift, an interview with a doctor who performs facelifts and non surgical facelifts might help you. 

Dr. Glenn M. Davis, a board certified plastic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina, answers your most common questions on how to freshen up the face.

What is Involved in a Facelift?

A facelift involves an incision in front of and behind the ear. The surgery involves the removal of excess facial skin and tightening of the underlying muscles. The surgery is typically performed to reduce wrinkles and give the appearance of younger looking skin. While this surgery is wildly successfull, many times people are looking for other options that are less invasive. 

 What is a Nonsurgical Facelift?

Many people want to know about a nonsurgical facelift. What this means is we use minimally invasive ways to mimic the results of a facelift, such as Botox, lasers or injectable fillers. We use these substances to fill the thinning areas in the face, to give the appearance of younger looking skin. However, these results last only a short time.

What About my Double Chin?

Doctors can use liposuction of the face to help. This can be a great option for patients looking for a more defined jaw line. Doctors can remove some fat at the jowls and beneath the chin. The skin will tighten to some extent as well to give a thinner, lifted look. While this isn’t a facelift, you can get good results without the costs, risks or recovery of a facelift.

 What Does Eyelid Surgery Entail?

Eyelid surgery is commonly the first thing people look into before a facelift. Typically patients who want eyelid surgery have excess skin in the eye area. The surgery involves removing saggy or fatty skin from the upper lid and sometimes lower eyelid. The result is a more open and brighter look. This surgery is limited to the eyes so itvaries greatly from the facelift.  

Any Other Advice to Someone Considering a Facelift or a Facial Rejuvenation Procedure?

I recommend you research the procedures and physicians beforehand. Check web sites to determine each physician’s board certification and their years of experience. Once you have had several consultations, choose the plastic surgeon you have the most confidence in.

Last, do not rush into surgery. Don’t get the surgery right before a reunion or wedding. You need to allow for enough recovery time for the process. If you have a short timeframe, you may want to consider a more subtle approach or nonsurgical option.

Dr. Glenn M. Davis is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has more than 20 years of experience in the field. To learn more about Dr. Glenn M. Davis, click here