Facelift Patients Report Higher Self Esteem, Better Quality of Life Post Surgery

woman smilingA new study of 93 facelift patients found that 96.7 percent reported a more youthful appearance after surgery, and they felt that they look, on average, 11.9 years younger after the surgery.

The study also found that:

  • 82 percent had an improvement in self-esteem
  • 69.6 percent reported an improved quality of life

The study’s author, plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Swanson, writes that patient satisfaction and the effects of surgery on quality of life are two of the most important factors in determining if a surgery is a success, but they had not been previously prospectively studied in patients undergoing facelifts alone or in combination with other facial procedures.

Swanson conducted interviews with the patients, whose mean age was 56.6 years, one month after surgery. The patients had a deep plane facelift or a facelift along with another surgery, including eyelid surgery, forehead lift and endoscopic forehead lift. Other commonly performed procedures done at the time of the facelift included laser resurfacing, fat injection and chin augmentation.

The author concluded, With proper patient preparation and education, facial rejuvenation effectively meets patient expectations. These findings support the recommendation of surgical facial rejuvenation to patients who wish to look younger.

Despite the substantial recovery time the patients reported for facelifts, the majority of patients (83.9 percent) said they would have the surgery again, and 93.5 percent said they would recommend the surgery to someone else.

The study will appear in the next issue of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery journal and the abstract is available online.

Awake, Alert and Still Looking Tired?

Do your eyes appear swollen morning and night? Do you exhibit under eye bags or dark circles? Perhaps it is time to do something about it. You shouldn’t have to live with such a condition especially one so treatable! Besides, if you don’t seek treatment, it’s possible that symptoms may become more noticeable.

Dr. Jonov is a board certified Seattle cosmetic surgeon who may recommend treatment options like the following:
â?¢ An upper and lower eyelid lift (also called a blepharoplasty)
â?¢ A brow, or forehead lift
â?¢ Injection with Botox cosmetic
â?¢ Injection of a dermal filler to add volume to sunken eye troughs

In some cases, patients need a combination of the above options. Many choose to combine eyelid surgery with a brow lift. Choosing to undergo surgery (or even a non-surgical procedure) is a significant decision, so try to gather as much information as possible. View before and after photos of patients like you and speak to former patients and ask them questions like these:

  1. How was the procedure beneficial for you?
  2. Were you comfortable with your surgeon?
  3. Would you do it again?
  4. Would you do anything differently?

The eyes are one of the first features on the face to which most of us respond. You deserve to have eyes that radiate, eyes that brighten your face and eyes that reflect how young and energetic you truly feel.

If you’re ready to discuss your options, contact our office today.

Eyelid surgery more popular for Seattle men

Wishing to rid themselves of baggy, tired skin under their eyes, more and more men are choosing cosmetic surgery. Blepharoplasty, commonly known as a eyelid surgery, can give men or women back the smoother, more awake appearance they lost with age. If you live in or near Seattle, contact Dr. Craig Jonov for a consultation to see if eyelid surgery is right for you.

A recent study found that those undereye bags are the result of fat deposits near the lower eyelid that accumulate as we age. In contrast, the rest of the face loses fat with age. Previous theories said undereye bags might be due to fluid buildup or sagging skin. Blepharoplasty helps correct undereye bags by removing excess fat from under the eyes.

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