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Only a Facelift Will Help You Now!

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I think it is safe to estimate that at least once a week a patient, friend, or family member asks me what I know about the latest and greatest “dream cream” advertised as a “facelift  in a jar” they’ve seen on TV, in a magazine, on a billboard, or heard about from their mother-in-law.  What I know about dream creams is that they are just that, a dream.  I know I could say this in a more gentle way but truthfully, just look at the photos below of a facelift performed by G.D.Castillo, M.D. in his Champaign, Illinois, cosmetic surgery practice.

Do you really believe an anti-aging cream can do all this?

Before

 

After

If you are to the point in your aging process where you want or think you need a facelift, then have a facelift.  There are worse ways to spend your money, like on cream that is NOT a facelift.  Skincare products are NOT a replacement for a facelift, they are accompaniments.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am a big fan of medical-grade skincare.  It’s a necessity, right up there with air, food, stilettos, and BOTOX.  It has not only done wonders for my skin personally, but for hundreds of Dr. Castillo’s patients who are faithful in sticking to their regimen every day.

What about nonsurgical options?

Medical-grade skincare products are an important part of daily at-home maintenance.  The use of effective daily skincare (I’m talking the good stuff – medical-grade, physician supervised, available only at your cosmetic or plastic surgeon office or a good dermatology office) along with occasional non-ablative skincare treatments when needed can help you buy some time in your aging process but once you’re there, well… you’re there.  Only a facelift will help you now.

I can completely understand why people would want to go gaga over the latest dream cream.  It would be ideal to avoid having surgery, having to admit that you had surgery, the recovery process, the days off work that could be better spent sipping a cocktail under a palm tree somewhere. I get it.  However,  the reason to have surgery for most individuals, male and female, trumps the negatives every time.  I read somewhere that wrinkles are the road map of our lives, that they make us look distinguished, more worldly and wise.  I’m pretty sure they just make us look tired and old.  And if my face is my calling card, well that isn’t the message I want to send. “Hi, I’m Roxanne; tired and old, pleased to meet you.”

What’s so great about a facelift?

So what can a facelift do, besides helping get your groove back?  In a nutshell, a facelift restores your youth.  It can accomplish any or all of the following:

  • Remove your jowls and turkey neck
  • Tighten your sagging muscle structure
  • Lift your cheeks or mid-face
  • Remove any loose, sagging skin

A facelift is sometimes combined with a brow lift, upper and lower eyelid surgery, or a chin implant to correct a receding chin and create a beautiful, youthful jawline. Unfortunately, a  facelift cannot improve the condition of sun damaged skin. You will need CO2 laser resurfacing or CO2 micro-fractional laser resurfacing for that, along with a medical-grade sunblock.

How do I choose a surgeon?

If you are at a point where you are seriously thinking about having a facelift, do your homework on the surgeons available in your area. Consider only qualified, board-certified cosmetic or plastic surgeons.  Have more than one consultation.  And my best advice for today…when you are at your consultation, check out the staff.  Do they “look” like they have had work done because chances are they have. You can usually see an artistic theme… natural looking beauty, elegant, conservative, refreshed and well rested, glamorous or as our patients refer to it – “Hollywood”…over-plumped, over-stretched, over-done.  What is it that you are looking for? Observing a surgeon’s staff is one of the best ways I know to decide if your potential surgeon’s artistic views match your own.

Yours Truly,

Roxanne Grace Hammond

Skin & Laser Specialist

Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center

 

To meet with Dr. G. D. Castillo and find out if a facelift is right for you, request a consultation online or call our office nearest you. We look forward to helping you enhance your look through skilled cosmetic procedures.