Whether you’re looking to eliminate wrinkles, remove excess/baggy skin, or simply improve your facial appearance, a facelift can help you achieve these goals. Known medically as rhytidectomy, it’s typically performed to “rejuvenate” the patient’s face. However, there’s a lot of misinformation on the topic of facelifts, some of which we’re going to debunk in this blog post.

Myth #1) It’s an Uncommon Procedure

Some people assume that facelifts are an uncommon procedure, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. According to an annual survey conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), facelift was the fifth most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed in 2016.

In case you were wondering, breast augmentation topped the list for the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2016, followed closely by liposuction in second place.

Myth #2) Filler Injections Offer the Same Results

Filler injections such as Botox typically do not offer the same results as surgical facelift. Granted, they both remove wrinkles while subsequently creating a more youthful appearance, but there are some stark differences between the two.

Botox injections work by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles, whereas a facelift involves surgically removing excess skin — skin that may also cause wrinkles. Therefore, a facelift is typically more effective at removing deep wrinkles, with results lasting longer than Botox injections.

Myth #3) Only Women Seek Facelifts

It’s not just women who seek facelift surgery; men seek it as well. In fact, there’s been an increasing number of male patients for many cosmetic surgical procedures, including facelifts.

“More men are turning to aesthetic cosmetic procedures, with dramatic increases seen in both surgical and nonsurgical options over the past 5 years and a 43 percent increase overall,” explained ASPS when discussing the trend.

Myth #4) It Takes Months to Recover

Like all surgical procedures, the time it takes to recover from a facelift varies from patient to patient. However, you can shorten your recovery times by choosing the right type of facelift, as well as following the surgeon’s post-op instructions.

The mini-facelift, for instance, is the least invasive type of facelift. It’s similar to a fill facelift, but unlike its counterpart, it doesn’t involve a neck lift. Because of its minimally invasive characteristics, the mini-facelift is a viable option for individuals who want a more youthful appearance with a short recovery time

Myth #5) I’m Too Old for a Facelift

One of the most common reasons cited for not seeking a facelift is age. Some people assume they are too old to be a suitable candidate for cosmetic surgery, including a facelift. While age can affect a person’s candidacy, it pales in comparison to the person’s overall health.

Just because you are 50, 60 or 70 doesn’t necessarily exclude you from cosmetic surgery. If you’re in good health with a low risk of complication, the surgeon will likely give you the green light to proceed. Don’t be afraid to inquire about a facelift or other cosmetic surgery just because of your age.

Myth #6) A Facelift Makes the Skin Looks Artificially Stretched

Last but not least, some people believe a facelift will leave their skin looking artificially stretched. When performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon, however, the results will look completely natural. Recent advancements in the field of cosmetic surgery have paved the way for more natural-looking results. Surgeons can remove excess skin and fat using small incisions in discreet locations, while also repositioning the muscle tissue.

These are just a few common myths surrounding surgical facelifts. If you’re thinking about getting a facelift, talk with your cosmetic surgeon to learn more about the procedure and what it involves. With more than 131,000 facelifts performed in 2016, though, you can rest assured knowing that it’s a popular and widely performed procedure.