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Myths & Facts About Facelifts

When it comes to facelift surgery, there are numerous myths and misconceptions that can cloud one’s understanding of the procedure. In this informative guide, we will debunk common myths and provide you with the facts you need to make informed decisions about facelift surgery. Whether you are considering having the procedure or you’re simply curious about it, separating fact from fiction will empower you on your journey to facial rejuvenation.

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Myth 1: Facelifts Appear Stiff and Unnatural

One common misconception surrounding facelifts is that they result in a stiff and unnatural appearance. This myth often stems from unfortunate experiences where patients ended up with an uncomfortably tight, wind-tunnel look after their surgery. 


Under the expertise of a qualified and experienced surgeon, a facelift can effectively rejuvenate the face, addressing various signs of aging, such as sagging skin, deep creases, and jowls. The process begins with an initial consultation, during which the surgeon carefully assesses the patient’s unique facial structure and discusses their desired outcomes. With meticulous precision, the surgical procedure involves lifting and repositioning the underlying tissues and muscles, removing excess skin, and delicately re-draping it to achieve a more youthful and natural appearance. The transformative power of a facelift lies in the ability of a skilled surgeon to restore harmony and balance to the face while preserving the individual’s unique features.

Myth 2: Facelifts Require A Hospital Stay

There is a common misconception that facelifts necessitate a hospital stay, leading some to believe it is a more invasive procedure than it actually is.


In reality, facelifts are often performed as outpatient procedures. While most individuals can return home on the same day of the surgery, there is also the option of a private, luxurious overnight suite for those who prefer additional comfort and care during the initial recovery period. The decision may depend on factors such as the extent of the procedure and the patient’s individual preferences.

Myth 3: Facelifts Can Stop The Aging Process

One of the prevailing myths surrounding facelifts is that they can completely halt the aging process, leaving the face perpetually youthful and unchanged.


While a facelift can provide remarkable rejuvenation and long-lasting results, it does not halt the natural aging process entirely. The outcomes of a facelift can last up to 10 years or longer, depending on individual factors such as age, lifestyle habits, and overall skin health. It is important to have realistic expectations and understand that facial aging will continue naturally over time.

Myth 4: Facelift Are Only For Older Women

Many believe that facelifts are exclusively intended for older women, neglecting the fact that aging affects individuals of all genders and ages.


Everyone ages at a different pace, and there is no standard age for a facelift. The ideal candidate for a facelift is someone who exhibits noticeable signs of aging in the face and neck, such as loose or sagging skin, deep creases around the mouth or nose, jowls, or a double chin. Facelift surgery can benefit individuals of various ages and genders who desire facial rejuvenation and wish to restore a more youthful appearance.

Myth 5: Facelift Results Are the Same as Botox® and Fillers

A common misconception is that the results achieved through facelift surgery are similar to those obtained from Botox® injections or dermal fillers alone.


Optimal results can be achieved by combining a facelift with non-invasive techniques. Some patients choose to enhance the outcomes of a facelift by incorporating additional procedures such as Botox® injections, dermal fillers, and skin resurfacing treatments. This comprehensive approach allows for lifting and tightening of the skin, filling out fine lines and wrinkles, and addressing other facial concerns simultaneously.


By dispelling these myths and understanding the facts about facelift surgery, you are better equipped to make informed decisions and embark on your journey to facial rejuvenation. But remember, the best way to determine which treatment or combination of treatments is right for you is to consult with a qualified facial plastic surgeon. They can assess your specific anatomy and discuss your goals, helping you choose the most suitable procedure for natural-looking results.


Surgical facelift procedures continue to evolve as new, cutting edge techniques are developed and proven effective.  Dr. Stavrou will guide you to the right type of surgery:

  • Lower/Mid/Mini facelifts
  • Endoscopic facelift – A brow lift or mid-face lift with limited effect on the neck and jowls.
  • Thread – A low impact technique to restore younger looks. Local anesthetic used, no hospitalization necessary.

Read more about the different types of facelifts!

There are a variety of other types of facelifts  which allow you to specifically target your problem area and desired results.  Dr. Stavrou is here to advise you every step of the way on the best solution to fit your personal needs. If you are looking for a facelift in Cyprus, contact us today!

Read our article about the modern facelifts which are economical & less time-consuming


Dr Stavrou is a board-certified and highly experienced plastic surgeon in Cyprus, Greece and Malta, with a keen interest in informing patients about the latest updates on reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

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