A facelift is one of the most effective ways to restore a visibly more youthful appearance. It remains one of the most in-demand procedures worldwide even though a growing number of advanced, minimally invasive anti-aging treatments have become available. There are different versions of a facelift, with each one customized to address a patient’s unique needs. But what does a facelift improve? Our Portland, OR-area patients choose this procedure for a variety of reasons—though all of them stem from wanting a rejuvenated look.

A facelift can’t prevent the skin from aging, and it’s also not designed to be a treatment for fine wrinkles. Instead, the focus is on signs of aging that develop in the contours of the lower two-thirds of the face. If you want to improve the general look and quality of the skin itself, other types of cosmetic procedures are typically a better choice.

Considering that, are you unsure whether this is the right type of cosmetic procedure for you? Here are three benefits of facelift surgery that you should be aware of while you explore your options:

1. Lifting and Tightening the Skin

The skin loses collagen due to aging, and fat pads beneath the skin become thinner or displaced over time. Sagging may begin to occur on the lower face as the cheeks become flattened and gaunt. A facelift is often the best way to tighten that sagging skin on the center and lower areas of the face. The procedure can involve removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin, sculpting and repositioning tissues, and creating more youthful contours.

2. Long-Lasting Results

A facelift provides longer-lasting results compared to non-surgical options. However, it’s important to take care of your skin at home if you want the results to last for as long as possible. As noted above, the face will continue to age after a facelift surgery, but many people feel that it “resets the clock” by about a decade.

3. Natural-Looking Results

There’s a misconception that a facelift will give you an unnatural or windswept appearance. A facelift, when performed by an experienced surgeon, will give you a younger, reinvigorated look that still looks like yourself. The key, of course, is choosing the right provider.

Talk to our team at The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery. We will explain everything you’ll need to know about this and other types of cosmetic surgery, as well as answer questions so you can determine if this is the ideal place for your facelift. Call us at 503-646-0101 or fill out a contact form to request a consultation if you’re ready to learn more.

Kathleen Waldorf