What Should I Look for in Facelift Before-and-After Photos?

Woman demonstrating the results possible from a facelift

Looking at before-and-after photos is a powerful way to learn more about your potential surgeon’s abilities. For people who consult with us for a facelift in Austin, TX, our photos are often a deciding factor in surgeon selection. For that reason, it’s important to know what you should be looking for.

Here are a few criteria that will help you spot successful facelift transformations.

Inconspicuous Scars

Facelift scars are typically hidden within the hairline or placed in natural creases in front of the ear. When you look at an after photo, scars should be undetectable, or nearly so. If the incisions quickly draw your eye due to poor placement or obvious discoloration, that may be a red flag. However, if the scars seem thoughtfully placed and have healed well, that’s a key indicator of a skilled and precise surgeon.

Natural-Looking Results

Outdated techniques can lead to the notorious windswept look by excessively tightening the skin instead of addressing the underlying tissues. If the after photos you see show tightly pulled skin that distorts the face, not only is that a clear sign of a poor aesthetic result, but it’s also an indicator that the effects won’t last as long as possible; skin-focused lifts tend to sag more quickly. However, a face that looks rejuvenated while maintaining its expressiveness and natural characteristics is a more desirable outcome.

Jawline Definition

Is there a clear and positive transformation in the jawline area? Have jowls been effectively reduced? One of the main reasons people choose a facelift over solutions such as dermal fillers is that the surgery more extensively and effectively corrects sagging skin on the lower face. (Learn more about the differences between facelifts and filler in this blog post.) The after photos you see should show a noticeable transformation in this area. This adjustment should also help change the face shape from square to oval.

Fewer Major Lines and Wrinkles

The skin should be noticeably smoother on the lower face. You should be able to see an improvement in laxity, sagging, and wrinkling. As a whole, the patients should appear more youthful, rested, and vibrant than they did in their before photos.

Helpful Captions

Thorough practices will often include information about the patient, their age, their goals, and what was done during the surgery. This provides context for you as you consider not only facelifts but also possible combination procedures, as sometimes in the photos you see, the patient has undergone eyelid surgery or a neck lift as well. It’s important for you to know that as you consider your expectations for your results.

Ready to start browsing? Visit Synergy’s facelift before-and-after photo gallery.

If you would like to learn more about facelift options here in Austin, please contact us online or call (512) 244-1439 to learn more.

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