How to Choose a Surgeon for Your Facelift
By: Allan E. Wulc, MD February 1, 2017 Category: Face
Making the decision to have a facelift can be exciting and liberating. Facial surgery can have a dramatic impact on your appearance, taking years off your face and giving you extra confidence and satisfaction. During this procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision to tighten the muscles and ligaments of the face. Combining this technique with liposuction and liposculpture (the addition and subtraction of fat) allows for improvement in the jawline, giving your face a more youthful appearance, particularly when paired with a small incision neck lift.
However, like any medical decision, it’s important to review your options carefully when selecting a surgeon to perform your facelift. Here are three things to keep in mind when evaluating surgeons:
How to Choose Your Surgeon
Certification: Before scheduling your consultation, make sure you do your homework and research your surgeon’s certification. Look for a surgeon that is board certified in a specialty of plastic and cosmetic surgery relating to the specific type of surgery you have in mind. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery offers a convenient search tool that lets you research accredited surgeons in your area. The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, and the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery all have similar means of finding a local qualified surgeon.
At W Cosmetic Surgery we are proud to be home to the only surgeon in the tri-state region that is boarded in ophthalmology, facial cosmetic surgery, eye and facial plastic surgery and in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Experience: Practice makes perfect, and this is as true in medicine as it is in life. In addition to certification, it’s important to find a surgeon who has performed numerous facelifts and is known for their work in this procedure. During your consultation, ask your surgeon about their experience and results, and ask to see relevant pre and postoperative photographs of patients that have your basic facial shape and skin color. Don’t just rely on the advice of a friend who may have had an unrelated procedure!
Dr. Wulc focuses exclusively on the eyes and face, and has developed his own techniques and procedures, which he teaches to cosmetic surgeons across the country. He also developed Micromidfacelift, a minimally-invasive midface lift procedure that is currently only available at W Cosmetic Surgery.
Aesthetics: In contrast to other medical procedures, cosmetic surgery introduces an element of artistry to surgery. Beauty is a matter of taste, and as such it is vital that you and your surgeon have a shared vision when it comes to desired outcomes and look. When selecting your surgeon, look at the before and after photos they provide to get a feel for their aesthetic and outcomes. You should also feel comfortable discussing your vision with your surgeon and be able to have your questions answered in a way that is easy to understand.
In addition to his impressive certifications and credentials, Dr. Wulc brings an artist’s sensibility to his practice. During your facelift consultation, Dr. Wulc will evaluate your facial bone and muscle structure, skin type, texture and elasticity. A detailed surgical plan will be created to help achieve your desired outcome.
If you’re considering a facelift procedure, please contact us to speak with one of our specialists. We will help craft the plan that is right for you.
About the Author
Allan E. Wulc, MD is the lead surgeon at W Cosmetic Surgery and is Quadruple Board Certified with over 25 years experience in cosmetic and plastic surgery. Dr. Wulc is a leader in his field and pioneer of new surgical techniques. His work has been featured in lectures, presentations, and publications worldwide. Find out more about Dr. Wulc.