THE 4 CORE BENEFITS OF A FACE LIFT & NECK LIFT

We all get older, and as we do, the battle against loose skin, jowls, and wrinkles is one we all have to fight. But all is not lost.

Here are 4 core benefits of having a face and/or neck lift.

1. Get Smoother, Fresher, Tighter Skin Consistent exercise and a great diet can only go so far – when it comes to fighting visible signs of aging in the face and neck, a big part of what we’re fighting against is the skin losing its ability to effectively retain moisture and oil, causing the skin to lose its elasticity. This is where getting a neck or face lift comes in. These procedures are an effective way to eliminate wrinkles and loose skin and fallen fats and double chins.

The Neck lift and face lift are getting mentioned in the same breath here, so it’s worth noting that a neck lift is a less intensive variation of a face lift — used to treat loose skin or fatty deposits under the chin, a neck lift is often done in conjunction with other procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery.

2. Save Money

Getting a face or neck lift is a great way to take years off your look in one fell swoop, but it’s also a cost-saving maneuver over the long term because of less money spent on other procedures and injectables that require regular visits for upkeep.

3. Save Time

Having a face or neck lift is also a time-saving maneuver over the long term as well. You will be spending less time spent buying and applying heavy makeup to make yourself look younger, because you already do!

4. Get Your Groove Back

Even if you’re one of those rare people whose naturally good at looking at yourself in the mirror and reminding yourself that you’re awesome, you need to guard your self-esteem like a hawk. As aging signs surface, people take significant hits to their sense of confidence and their overall self-esteem. Feeling good is very much tied to looking good, and that’s where a face or neck lift can help you out substantially.

Click if you’re ready to find out more about face and neck lifts, or to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Benien.

WHY PHOTO-SHARING IS SENDING PATIENTS IN FOR COSMETIC SURGERY

Nowadays, it seems as though you can’t walk down the street or sit at a restaurant without seeing someone whip out their iPhone to update their Facebook status, post a photo to Instagram, or any other social media-related action. According to a new survey, these social media outlets are now also influencing the way American society goes about cosmetic surgery.

 

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS CHANGING OUR LOOKS

A recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) showed that requests for cosmetic surgery have increased by 31% as a result of social media photo-sharing. Facial cosmetic procedures like the face lift and non-surgical anti-aging treatments have gained popularity with those looking to improve their appearance after spotting something in an unflattering photo they were tagged in. Others simply are looking to spice up their profile picture by simply having some Botox injected for a younger look.

Now, there are three big reasons that photo-sharing on social media has been sparking these patients to pursue cosmetic surgery, and here they are.

SOCIAL MEDIA-INSPIRED COSMETIC SURGERY REASON #1: THE BAD TAG

This happens to even the best of us. In any type of social setting, there will always be someone (and often multiple people) snapping away and taking photos with their smartphone. In more cases than we would like, these photos often end up being shared over Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (or whatever the next big social media app is) and then someone comes along and tags you in one of these unflattering photos. Essentially, through social media, society has made something of a paparazzi-hounded celebrity of us all. When other people tag you in a picture they took, that means you can no longer can pick and choose the photos where you look model-ready and posed. This increased awareness has made us as a society more conscious about our appearance and flaws. When somebody sees themselves tagged in a picture and realizes that they have more wrinkles than their friends, or something else they have never noticed from their own controlled photography, they are more likely to pursue cosmetic treatment.

SOCIAL MEDIA-INSPIRED COSMETIC SURGERY REASON #2: The Social Media Celebrity

Television and movies are no longer the sole place for celebrity. As the popularity of apps like Instagram and the video-sharing app Vine climbs ever higher, ordinary people are finding fame. Several of these Vine-famous users have even been sourced by companies to create short, six-second ads to promote their products. Earlier this month, Trident Gum had Vine users Rudy Mancuso and Nicholas Megalis create an ad promoting one of their newest flavors. And if this trend continues? Frankly, it’s almost to be expected that cosmetic treatments would become as much a staple with this new breed of social-media celebrities as they have with movie and TV stars.

SOCIAL MEDIA-INSPIRED COSMETIC SURGERY REASON #3: Online Dating



We all have a friend or coworker who’s found and courted their perfect match online. Wait, strike that – we all have friends, we all have coworkers. Plural. According to a survey published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, over a third of marriages now begin online. That’s more than 33%. See, the thing of it is, online connections are no longer just made through dating sites like eHarmony. Now more than ever, single people look for love in casual social media settings, especially Facebook.

One of the biggest factors in initially attracting a potential mate is your profile picture, and consequently people have begun seeking out cosmetic treatments to let them get the profile pic they’ve always wanted. In India especially, the Facebook Facelift has led to a huge spike in patients seeking out facial cosmetic procedures to increase their chances of finding true love via the Internet. Says one Indian woman who had laser surgery: “I’m getting a lot of marriage proposals since the stitch marks were fixed.”

But everyone would do well to be cautious: However, many untrained and unlicensed people are taking advantage of this heightened interest in cosmetic surgery by illegally administering Botox to patients on the hunt for a good deal. Even with minimally invasive procedures, it’s critically important to seek the expertise of a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to ensure your safety and the best results.