3 Common Facelift Myths

With improving technologies and an increasing number of options for cosmetic surgery, it’s more important than ever to debunk a few of the common myths surrounding facelift surgery. In this blog post, Dr. Moz, at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center discusses several misconceptions about facelifts and the time it takes to recover.

Bruising and Swelling for Months

All surgical procedures require adequate time to heal. But the notion that you’ll have to hide for months following a facelift is simply a misconception. Most patients are ready to get back to their normal routines after two weeks. Dr. Moz finds that most patients, as long as they follow their doctor’s instructions to ice for two days and elevate the head on two pillows while sleeping, will be comfortably on the mend after a few short weeks. Considering how great you’ll look and feel in the long run, this timeframe feels reasonable.

Facelifts Look Fake

It is true that there is no mistaking a poorly done facelift. However, with a little research to ensure you find a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience, your facelift should result in a completely natural look. Previous procedures relied on pulling or tightening the skin, only giving the patient an artificial and surprised look if overdone. More recent methods involve tightening deeper tissue and tightening the skin with a completely natural tension. Modern techniques also allow the necessary incisions to be cleverly hidden.

Results Will Last Forever

A good facelift will turn back the clock naturally and can even restore a youthful appearance. However, no one can push the pause button on time entirely. As you age, the skin, fat and muscle tissues in your face will continue to go through changes. Avoiding excess sun exposure, maintaining a healthy body weight and limiting your alcohol and tobacco consumption will all help you make the most out of your procedure. While it is possible to enjoy the results of your facelift for a lifetime, genetics and lifestyle will have the final say in how quickly you age.


If you are considering a facelift or other cosmetic surgeries, let a board-certified plastic surgeon help you decide what’s best for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Moz, call Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Care Center at (858) 453-8484.

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