Bad Facelifts and How to Avoid Them

By: Alissa. B

A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that reverses the signs of aging in your face and neck. Although cosmetic surgery procedures have advanced significantly, it is still possible to get a bad facelift. One of the most common mistakes surgeons make when doing such procedures is that they leave scars in different parts of the face. Other complications include bald spots on the scalp and skin that appears as if it has been stretched too tightly.

Typically, a bad facelift is the result of a rush job. While it may be enticing to choose a low cost option, you may end up paying the price later with unwanted complications and side effects. Cosmetic surgeons must pay close attention to detail in order to create a natural post-surgery look. It takes around 6.5 hours for a surgeon to do a good job so be sure to avoid surgeons that plan on taking shortcuts.

The Telltale Signs of a Bad Facelift

When a surgeon does a facelift quickly, he may try to tighten the sides of the face by slicing along the front of the ear and into the hair. The surgeon will then pull that loose skin back, leaving the patient with a hairline that sits on the back of the head.

Another mistake that even well-known surgeons make is that they don't preserve the look of the tragus, which is the small piece of cartilage in front of the ear where stitches are usually made during a facelift. Other times, surgeons who are in a hurry may pull the earlobes forward and down, proceeding to tack them on the cheek. This defect, which surgeons commonly refer to as "pixie ears," must later be covered up with long hair or big earrings.

Incision lines along the front of the ear can stand out like chalk lines on people who have a pinkish complexion and scalp incisions can cause bald spots if not done properly. If a surgeon lifts the delicate top layer of the skin rather than the resilient muscle tissue underneath, the cheeks will be left with a flattened appearance. Even if a surgeon lifts both layers, a botched facelift could result if he does not reattach them properly.

Quick facelifts can also be performed by making incisions in front of the ears, undermining the skin, grabbing the deep sheets, and pulling them to the ears. This procedure gives the patient's skin an overly-stretched appearance.

Tips for Avoiding a Bad Facelift

In order to avoid getting a bad facelift, find a surgeon who emphasizes precision and an attention to detail. Quick and low cost facelift procedures are simply out of the question. Minimize the risk of getting a botched facelift by ensuring that your surgeon is qualified. A qualified surgeon should be board-certified and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Furthermore, avoid general cosmetic surgeons and instead find a surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery. The last thing you want is a surgeon who is a jack of all trades and a master of none to operate on the most visible part of your body.

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