How Natural Will My Facelift Look?

Many people worry that after a facelift, their face won’t look natural. This is understandable, because it wouldn’t take long on the internet to find images of plastic surgery fails. While there’s no denying that unnatural results have come from plastic surgery procedures, those subpar results are the exception, not the rule.

They are often the result of inexperienced surgeons who were not appropriately trained or who ignored the underlying causes of facial aging. When performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, a facelift can be one of the most natural-looking cosmetic surgeries available, leaving you with a rejuvenated and youthful appearance.

To ensure your results match the level of your cosmetic goals as closely as possible, the surgeon should follow specific techniques. When you’ve healed from facelift surgery, those around you will see a youthful glow but won’t be able to pinpoint how it managed to appear.

Achieving Natural Results from Facelift Surgery

Lift the Muscular Layer

As you age, your skin will produce less collagen and elastin proteins. ollagen will be lost quickly if you include factors like sun damage, poor diet, smoking, and abrasive skin cleansers. Collagen is the protein responsible for your skin structure and support. Without it, the skin becomes loose and sags. This leads to a tired and aged appearance, so it makes sense that your skin is lifted and tightened to restore its youthful radiance.

However, if your surgeon only focuses on loose skin, you will have less than satisfactory results. This is because the underlying facial muscles fall and loosen just like the skin does and tightening the skin over muscles that have dropped from their natural location will not deliver natural results. To ensure this doesn’t happen, the underlying facial muscles should be lifted and tightened in addition to the skin. Then they will return to their natural placement when the skin is re-draped over the underlying tissue.

Don’t Overstretch the Skin

A facelift does tighten the skin on the mid to lower face, but it’s crucial not to stretch it too tight. Overcorrection in aesthetic surgery is more noticeable and less desirable than undercorrection. The healthiest and most supple facial skin has sufficient elasticity to move with your facial expressions. It will also cover the underlying tissue without too much pressure.

Find the Right Surgeon

The first step to finding natural-looking facelift outcomes is choosing an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon who has performed countless facelift surgeries. Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Pugash has over thirty years of plastic surgery experience and has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures using the latest technologies and techniques.

Learn how a facelift can miraculously take a decade or more off your facial appearance, restoring taut, soft skin while eliminating wrinkles, lines, and folds.

We invite you to schedule a private facelift consultation with Dr. Pugash today.