Are Surgical Facelifts a Cosmetic Procedure of the Past?

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Los Angeles Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Director of the Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, responds to recent findings suggesting surgical facelifts are gradually becoming obsolete.

Babak Azizzadeh MD
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There have been several articles published recently suggesting that surgical facelifts will soon be completely replaced by nonsurgical facelift treatments. An article published on American Health & Beauty on July 23rd says that with the high level of satisfaction patients are experiencing from injectable wrinkle treatments, surgical facelifts may be unnecessary. In addition, a recent press release suggested that innovative treatments like Ultherapy are contributing to the decline of the surgical facelift.

“There truly are many wonderful non-surgical treatments available now for wrinkle-reduction and skin tightening. I have seen a noticeable increase in patients seeking facial fillers, Botox, Fraxel, Sculptra, and the skin tightening Ulthera treatment in my Los Angeles office, and most patients are highly satisfied with the youthful appearance these procedures restore to their aging skin,” explained Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, Director of the Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Azizzadeh believes that while non-surgical treatments are a wonderful alternative to surgery for patients with only subtle signs of aging or patients leery of surgery, the traditional surgical facelift is still the best way to treat severe sagging skin and heavy wrinkles. Because the skin naturally loses volume and collagen as we age, everyone will eventually develop some skin laxity, but some see the effects of gravity more prominently than others.

“Patients who are unhappy with their sagging jowls or severely wrinkled skin are still likely to be the most satisfied with a surgical facelift because surgery is the only way to actually remove the excess skin and tighten the face. Plus, it is a more permanent solution than injectables or laser treatments,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

Dr. Azizzadeh’s Los Angeles practice offers a variety of non-surgical and surgical facial rejuvenation procedures. The surgical facelift provides patients with the most dramatic results, but Dr. Azizzadeh always strives for a natural, not “worked on”look, for his patients.

“I know that patients seeking a surgical facelift want to see a significant improvement in the youthful appearance of their face, but I also understand it is important that the results look natural. I don’t want my patients to have skin that looks like it has been pulled tight; rather, I want them to look like a younger version of themselves,” said Dr. Azizzadeh.

Dr. Azizzadeh is a facelift expert, recognized as a Top Doctor by the US News & World Report. He completed a fellowship in facial plastic & reconstructive surgery at the prestigious Harvard Medical School, and is the author of five bestselling books, including “Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation” and “Beverly Hills beauty Secrets.” Dr. Azizzadeh is also the director of the USC Facial Plastic Fellowship Program, and the director of the world renowned Cedars-Sinai Advances in Multispecialty Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium. For more information regarding plastic surgery in Los Angeles, please contact Dr. Azizzadeh's office by calling (310) 657-2203 or visit us on the web at:

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