Facelifts are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK. Helping to reverse the signs of ageing, they can help boost confidence and give patients a better quality of life. Unfortunately, there are many myths about facelifts in circulation, making it crucial for patients to do their research.

If you are considering having a facelift, here’s the truth behind some of the most common myths…

Myth #1: Facial ageing is caused by excess skin

For years, it has been widely believed that facial ageing is caused solely by excess skin. For this reason, many people have focused on skin-tightening procedures to help them banish the signs of ageing. However, there is more to facial ageing than sagging skin, and they too need to be addressed if you want to fix the problem.

Over time, the tissues within the face loosen and sag, while the volume of the skin also decreases. Newer facelift techniques address these issues, resulting in a natural appearance.

Myth #2: You will get the same results from anti-wrinkle injections and fillers

Anti-wrinkle injections and fillers can be used as an alternative to a facelift. When done correctly, they can produce impressive results. However, what you need to remember about these treatments is they are temporary. The results will only last six to twelve months, then you will need to have them done again to maintain results.

With a facelift, the surgeon resuspends and reshapes the deeper tissues of the face, then removing any excess skin without tension in a natural manner. Anti-wrinkle injections and fillers don’t remove any skin, they simply focus on smoothing and volumising the area temporarily. They are unable to provide a full correction after the early 40s and over-treatment may produced an unnatural result.

So, if you want long-lasting results, undergoing a facelift is the best option.

Myth #3: Facelifts are only carried out on women

At one time, women were the only ones undergoing a facelift. However, times have changed and today both men and women can equally benefit from the procedure. Men experience facial ageing the same as women do, and since 2000, the demand for male face lifts has increased by 20%.

Myth #4: Facelifts are just for older people

Many people believe that face lifts are purely carried out on older people. However, the truth is facelifts are performed over a wide age range – usually mid 30s to late 70s. The signs of ageing develop at different times in different people. So, there is no age limit on a facelift procedure. You can undergo the surgery in your 20’s if you experience lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin.

These are just some of the most common myths about facelifts. The techniques used to carry out facelifts have improved drastically over time. To find out what you can expect if you undergo this popular procedure, book a consultation with Mr Paul Tulley.