The demand for facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, is steadily growing, but that also means more myths and misconceptions about this procedure. Based on the experience of expert surgeons practicing at the Nordesthetics clinic in Lithuania, here are the three most-common myths about facelifts:
Myth 1: "I will not look myself"
“When patients come for initial consultations, they often worry that their faces will become radically different after the surgery, that they will feel uncomfortable looking at the mirror,” says Gediminas Samulenas, M.D., a surgeon at the Nordesthetics clinic. “But the real goal of a facelift is to give the same face a younger appearance. The fundamental features remain unchanged. Once the patients fully recover from surgery, they look their normal selves--just younger.”
Myth 2: "I will age unnaturally"
“It is impossible to stop aging,” says Samulenas. “By releasing certain facial ligaments, tightening the musculoaponeurotic layer, altering the fat, and trimming the excess skin, we slightly correct the features to ensure younger appearance. A facelift is simply a reduction of age-related features. Preserving natural looks and the identity of the person is of the utmost importance. After the surgery, the face looks approximately ten years younger. From that point onwards, aging proceeds naturally.”
Myth 3: "Everybody will know I had a facelift"
“Facelift incisions are planned to be hidden in the ear canal, behind the ear, and in the hairline,” says Samulenas. “When incisions and sutures are properly done, the scars become barely noticeable in a few months, especially for the untrained eye. It is impossible to notice facelift scars when people meet on social occasions. To actually notice it, a very close examination of the ear area would be required.”