A successful facelift is a collaboration. The surgeon arguably has the hardest job – translating the patient’s wishes into reality – but one shouldn’t underestimate the psychological effect, both before and after, that a facelift can have. Success for the patient will therefore be measured against their expectations, and for the surgeon, success is a measure of how happy the patient is with the results. So, in a very real sense, it is a collaboration, and before entering into it, patients need to know what to expect in order to get the best results.
Learn About the Procedure
The first tip is simple – become as well-informed about the various options as possible. It also doesn’t hurt to know a little of the history behind cosmetic surgery in general, and facelifts in particular. For example, looking back over historical evidence (gossip magazines from the 1980s are a good source), we can see the evolution of facelifts from a kind of stretched skin look, to a much more natural and refreshed look. To quote the Huffington Post : “The best facelifts look natural — as if nothing has been done beyond rest and relaxation.”
Dr. Bustillo strives to make this the case. He takes pride in the natural looking results that his advanced techniques produce. Patients won’t find any permanently surprised raised eyebrows, or tell-tale scars where the face has been pulled and pinned into position. For those in doubt, Dr. Bustillo has several galleries that can be explored to check just how good his results are.
Another reason to look over the galleries is so that you are aware of just what is possible, given the right surgeon and with realistic aims and expectations. Setting those is partly the surgeon’s responsibility, but the patient needs to take on a role in knowing what they want before their first consultation.
Have Realistic Expectations and Aims
Even the best cosmetic surgeon, and Dr. Bustillo is among the very best, has limits on their abilities; they can generally only work with what’s available, unless called on to perform reconstructive facial plastic surgery (for example on burn victims), and for people looking for a little facial rejuvenation, having realistic aims is a must. To have a realistic aim, the patient also needs to know what they would like to see improved, which means looking at oneself in the mirror and understanding what could be changed.
Issues of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots and other blemishes are common things that can be improved. Excess skin and drooping features caused by a buildup of fatty deposits and relaxation of muscles are also aspects of the aging process that can be corrected using Dr. Bustillo’s trademark deep plane face lift.
By making sure that you understand the processes that will be used, and checking that the surgeon’s own views match your own, and a reasonable appraisal of what it is that you believe makes you look older, you will be able to get the best possible results from the face lift surgery.
To see how Dr. Bustillo can help in this rejuvenation, his Florida based practice can be contacted at 305.663.3380, as well as through the web site. While you are there, perhaps looking through the gallery of before and after photos would be a good place to start investigating whether cosmetic surgery is the best choice for a more attractive you.