Although minimally invasive procedures such as Botox and dermal filler injections are the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States, facelifts may be becoming popular again. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more than 125,000 facelifts were performed in 2012 – a 6 percent increase over the year before.

With increased popularity, inevitably there will be potential patients with questions. In his Huffington Post blog, Dr. Michael Yaremchuk, plastic surgeon and Chief of Craniofacial Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, listed common inquiries that he receives, including the following:

  • Am I a good candidate? As with any surgery, a patient should be in good health. A surgeon will also take your age, weight, and body composition into account.
  • Are there any risks? Facelifts are generally safe, especially when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. If a patient is a smoker, however, the healing process may take longer.
  • How long does the procedure take? A standard facelift usually takes three to four hours. The time may be extended if it’s combined with brow or eyelid surgery.
  • How long will the effects last – Facelift results can last for many years, up to a decade if not more. Longevity will, however, depend on factors like lifestyle and sun exposure.
  • How will I look after recovery? A good facelift should make someone look younger or refreshed.
  • Should I wait for surgery if I plan on losing weight? This will depend on how many pounds you are planning to shed. A good rule of thumb is to wait until you are at your ideal weight before you have a cosmetic procedure.

If you’re interested in a facelift or any other type of plastic surgery, don’t hesitate to contact The Lett Center today.