The quest for eternal youth is an age-old and well-documented pursuit. Nowadays, we workout, eat well, use sunscreen and buy the best skincare in an effort to stave off the effects of time. And although we can’t stop the clock and the effects it takes on our appearance, we can certainly take control of how we age, and at the least, make the process a lot easier.

We spend our paychecks on the newest plumping serums and masks. Perhaps you’ve tried Botox to target a few pesky wrinkles. In addition to Botox, many of us have thought about or even tried fillers. Over the past decade, injectables have become available in many different forms to treat specific facial areas and concerns, and gained considerable popularity as a viable form of non-invasive facial rejuvenation. For some patients, a combination of fillers and Botox offer a great alternative to surgery; techniques like “liquid facelifts,” an anti-aging technique that combines fillers to treat different facial areas, are being used to plump up skin, create volume, and sculpt facial features.

Unfortunately, sometimes non-surgical procedures simply don’t cut it when it comes to looking younger and better. There are limitations to what they can accomplish, and quite often a more comprehensive approach is more effective with facial aesthetics. If you find that despite your best efforts, you still look tired or simply not the same as you once did, it might be time to consider a facelift.

Modern facelift surgery is a far cry from the past. Nowadays, the procedure is a safe alternative (and one of the most common elective surgeries!) for achieving a natural-looking and more youthful appearance. While older surgical facelifts only involved “pulling” up sagging facial skin, new techniques are far more advanced, and incorporate several important factors of aging. Today’s facelifts address loose skin—and–equally important—the muscles and tissue below the surface. This remedies much of what causes us to look older by smoothing out skin, restoring laxity, and eliminating sagging. The surgery also reinstates facial definition and contour, and replenishes an overall fullness to the face. It’s a single surgical technique that can take off up to 10-15 years from your appearance, and with continued good habits and a healthy lifestyle, its effects can last for many years.

If you’re wondering whether a facelift is the right surgery for you, Dr. Konstantin suggests trying this simple “test” at home first: stand in front of the mirror, place your fingers on the sides of your face by your ears, and lift the skin upward and slightly back. If doing so makes you look years younger, you’re probably a good candidate for surgery. If you don’t see a significant difference, you might want to consider other means of facial rejuvenation.

Still unsure? It’s always best to see a facial plastic surgeon right here in NYC. To book a facelift consultation at Dr. Konstantin’s New York City facial plastic surgery office, call (212) 380-3634. In the meantime, keep calm and chin (and skin) up…we can help.

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