Facial plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX® and fillers are more commonplace today than they have ever been. There have been staggering advancements in facial rejuvenation, but I find that patients still have some misconceptions in this area. Here are the most common facial plastic surgery myths I have encountered:
“People who have facial plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures are vain.”
Life expectancy has increased dramatically over the last century. In 2012, a female’s life expectancy was 81 years, whereas in 1912, it was 56 years. People are living longer, more productive, and healthier lives. Their vitality and vigor is not always reflected on the outside, and this causes a disconnect between their physical appearance and how they feel. Facial plastic surgery and/or cosmetic procedures not only help remedy that disconnect, but they often enhance the patient’s lives in ways they had not anticipated as well. It is frequently the impetus to engage in a variety of health maintenance activities, such as reducing sun exposure, adopting a new skin care regimen, exercising, or eating healthier. A rejuvenated face leads to renewed confidence to take the next step in a career, go out on a date, or attend a reunion. It can help people step out of their comfort zone and do things that make life rich and more prosperous.
“People who have facial plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures look unnatural and fake.”
It is not hard to find examples of celebrities who look unnatural and “done”. This should never be the goal of facial plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures. Physicians should strive to provide patients with a result that only looks natural, refreshed, and less tired. A successful procedure is one in which the patient looks like themselves, but just the very best version of themselves in their era. The goal is to restore, refresh, and rejuvenate the patient’s unique beauty, not create a whole new look. There are numerous surgical and non-surgical techniques and devices that focus on rejuvenation rather than a “one-size-fits-all” change. In addition, facial rejuvenation is an art and is not something that should be done all at once. Sometimes an excellent skin care regimen and BOTOX® to soften harsh lines is all that a patient needs to refresh their face. If a surgical procedure is warranted, an eyelid lift is truly exceptional in rejuvenating the face with minimal downtime. Every patient is different, and not every procedure is needed or recommended for every patient. It is best to find a physician that can offer a broad spectrum of services that can continue to serve you over the years.
I hope that dispelling these myths will reassure you as you consider facial rejuvenation. I would be remiss if I did not advise you to get to know your physician and their approach to facial rejuvenation. You must feel comfortable enough to ask as many questions as you would like. You and your physician are partners in this endeavor, and the physician and their staff must be eager to assist you every step of the way. Your beauty is unique and should be cared for by a compassionate and skilled physician backed by an exceptional team.