Sometimes, as hard as we try to articulate how we want the results of an aesthetic procedure to turn out, we just can’t find the words. That’s why I encourage my facelift patients in Virginia Beach to look at different photos with me so we can talk about what the patients like and don’t like. Here are 3 different kinds of photos you can examine with your doctor if you’re considering a facelift:
- Photos of you when you were younger. Bringing along photos of your younger self can help you express what you liked most about your facial features in the past, although you should keep in mind that a facelift probably isn’t going to make you look like your 20-year-old self again. Instead, these photos give the surgeon what he or she needs most to help you achieve the look you want — information. Often, the details you point out, such as a firmer jawline, a fresher and more awake appearance, and taut skin, are just the details that facelift surgery can successfully address. The surgeon can look at your photos and get a better idea of the underlying structures of your face in order to create a natural look with the procedure.
- Photos of other people with features you desire. Whether you choose to bring along photos of friends, celebrities, or faces from magazines, your surgeon can help you analyze the features and details that you like most and would like to achieve with your own surgery. Many times, I find that the details my patients aren’t quite able to articulate with words can be conveyed through these images.
- Before-and-after photos of other facelift patients. These photos are an excellent reference point and give patients an idea of the sort of realistic results they can expect from facelift surgery. The majority of facelift patients are in their mid-40s to early 60s, and these photos are a good example of what real patients look like before and after surgery. As patients skim through a gallery of photos, they will very likely find others whom they can identify with and who have achieved results similar to what they want.