Given today’s preoccupation with eternal youth, it’s no surprise that many people turn to cosmetic surgery to regain the face they once had, or to achieve a look they have always desired. In 2004, 157,000 people got face lifts, and they were the seventh most popular surgical cosmetic procedure performed on women in 2008.
Obviously, face lifts are popular, but are they the best option? This article will discuss the pros and cons of surgical face lifts and offer Dr. Perricone’s philosophy on cosmetic surgery.
This article will discuss:
- Benefits of the face lift
- Drawbacks of the face lift
- Dr. Perricone’s perspective
Benefits of the face lift
Proponents of the face lift (formally called a rhytidectomy) believe there are several upsides to the procedure:
- The procedure itself is quick, with most face lifts taking 2-4 hours in the operating room.
- It is usually an outpatient procedure.
- A good face lift can last up to 10 years.
- It can make you look instantly younger, as if the muscles have regained their tone overnight.
- A well-done face lift can reverse much of the skin sagging and loss of firmness that occurs over a lifetime.
Drawbacks of the face lift
Even if some women end up satisfied with their face lift, the drawbacks are considerable. Ranging from inconvenience to serious health risks, it’s best to consider all of these factors before deciding on such a potentially dangerous and unpleasant procedure.
Cost: Face lifts are expensive: the average cost is $6000. This doesn’t even include fees for anesthesia, prescriptions (for painkillers and any other medications you might need), preparatory tests, and facility fees. Prices also vary based on the surgeon’s experience and your location. If the price seems too good to be true, you may be putting yourself at the hands of an inexperienced surgeon.
Preparation: Pre-operational instructions include stopping certain medications two weeks prior to surgery. Most of these medications are those that make you more prone to bleeding, but some are important medicines that you may need for good health. If you smoke, you’ll have to quit long before your surgery. While this is and essential healthy step, it can be a major struggle during the stressful period before surgery. This is especially true because some smoking cessation products are on the list of banned pre-surgery medications.
Anesthesia: Most face lift procedures will require some form of anesthesia. Although anesthesia does not cause complications for most healthy patients, there is always the risk of serious side effects. These include toxicity, aspiration, or in some cases changes in blood pressure that lead to heart attacks or death.
Recovery: Even if the surgical procedure is quick, the recovery time is anything but. Seeing results takes even longer, making the whole process inconvenient. During the first 24 hours after a face lift, the face is usually black and blue. You won’t be able to wash your hair for two days afterward, as you will still have drainage tubes attached to your face. It’s recommended that you avoid strenuous activity until swelling is gone, which can take four to six weeks. It generally takes seven weeks before you can resume all aspects of your normal life.
Risks: In addition to these common downsides of the surgery, more serious complications like infection, scarring, unevenness, or pigmentation changes can occur. Additionally, the immediate side effects of a face lift are pronounced; swelling, pain, and bruising can be severe. Bruises are most prominent around the eyes, and swelling is bad enough to keep you at home for days.
There is also a risk of long lasting and sometimes permanent side effects, including:
- Nerve damage that can cause paralysis of muscles
- Obvious scarring
- Asymmetry and skin wrinkling
- Serious infection
- Hematoma, or blood pooling beneath the skin
Even a skilled surgeon cannot guarantee that you will see the results you expect from your face lift. It’s important to understand the potential drawbacks before you make such a serious decision. It’s also important to consider nonsurgical alternatives, such as lifestyle changes and nonsurgical treatments that can drastically improve the appearance of your face without the dangers of a face lift.
Dr. Perricone’s perspective
Many of Dr. Perricone’s patients have either had a cosmetic procedure performed or are seriously considering it when they come into his office. He strongly advices them to try his products and his recommended lifestyle instead. Through a three-tiered approach of diet, nutriceuticals, and topical treatments, many patients see dramatic improvements in the quality of their skin and stop plans to undergo plastic surgery.
Dr. Perricone has formulated numerous supplements and topical treatments to restore the skin’s health and youthfulness. Whether your concern is lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, the desire for a lifted appearance, or a combination of the three, there are products to meet your needs.
Dr. Perricone’s High Potency Amine Complex Face Lift harnesses a number of his of his patented sciences, including DMAE and vitamin C ester, to provide the “instant face lift” effect. To achieve the same effect around the eyes, there is a complementary product called the High Potency Eye Lift.
In addition to his skin care products, Dr. Perricone’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet gives specific guidelines to provide skin with the nutrients it needs to become healthier and more beautiful. Among the diet’s key foods are salmon and olive oil. Their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects both contribute to the reduction of wrinkles and sagging skin.
Dr. Perricone is convinced that combining a healthy lifestyle and diet with advanced skin care products can give you results that rival a surgical face lift. The cost doesn’t begin to compare to the cost of a face lift, and it is virtually risk free. Dr. Perricone encourages patients to try his line and see the results: it’s a safe alternative to a potentially risky surgery.