Does a Facelift get rid of wrinkles?
A facelift removes some of the wrinkles, but not most of them, right? So what can a guy do to improve his appearance? Someone told me to try chemical peels but the problem is that it won’t show any drastic results. I’ve already used fillers to improve my forehead lines and bring a bit more volume to my face, but I don't feel that’s enough. What would you recommend?
Before undergoing a serious surgical procedure, it is important to understand the realistic expectations and risks. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this procedure "improves" visible lines of aging in the neck and face. It can help reduce the appearance of sagging, deep lines, and loss of skin tone around the forehead, eye, and cheek areas.
A true facelift can only be performed surgically. Non-surgical procedures can not produce the same results, regardless of the number of times they are performed. In addition, a facelift can not change the overall appearance of the face nor can it slow down the aging process. Individuals who are non-smokers, in good health overall, and who possess realistic expectations are ideal candidates. So, to answer your, question: no, a facelift will not "get rid" of wrinkles. Results will gradually fade with age. However, it can greatly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and deep lines for prolonged periods of time.
Avoidance of sun exposure and continuation of healthy lifestyle habits can help maintain the results of a facelift for years afterward. As with any other surgery, results are not guaranteed and can vary from patient to patient. Yet, researching and investing in a good, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon can help increase the risk that your desired results will be achieved in a healthy manner.
A facelift, fillers, and chemical peels are all effective tools to rejuvenate the aging face. They each target different aspects. A facelift is only indicated when there is excess skin and sagging facial volume. It is highly unlikely that you have this at 38 years old. These features usually do not present until the late 40's or early 50's (maybe earlier for smokers and sun worshippers). Earlier features of aging are skin quality changes (lines, discolorations) and volume loss (as opposed to sagging volume which as I said above happens later). Lasers, chemical peels, IPL and BBL light based therapies, and proper skin care are very effective at improving the appearance and the quality of the skin, reducing the visibility of lines and discolorations. Certain thin fillers (vobella, juvederm, belotero) are very effective at filling out deeper creases in the skin. Other fillers (voluma, radiesse) are very effective at restoring the volume loss that is associated with early signs of aging. So it is important to identify which features of aging you have and target them appropriately.
Dr. Gary Breslow has 4 Facelift before & afters: