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How should I choose a face-lift surgeon?

John J. Martin Jr., MD
Plastic Surgery
There are several specialties that perform facelifts:  General plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, and oculo-facial plastic surgeons.  You should make consultations with a few different people to see what they recommend.  Take a look at their before and after pictures to see if you like their results.  You can check with online reviews, but try to avoid listening to the "outliers".  There are always some disgruntled patients who may really slam the surgeon.  If everyone else is pretty happy with that surgeon, go with the recommendations of the majority.  You will most likely find one surgeon that you feel most comfortable with.  
Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
In a poll of members by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, over 40% of plastic surgeons performed a two-layered face-lift and lifted the jowls by folding the superficial musculo aponeurotic system (SMAS) tissue onto itself. (The SMAS, or superficial musculo aponeurotic system, is a collection of muscles and fibrous tissue stretching from the forehead to the neck.) Nearly 30% cut and lifted the SMAS, 20% lifted the various muscle layers with a deep-plane lift, and the rest lifted only the skin or lifted all the way to the bone (subperiosteal). Confusing? You bet. There are a lot of different ways to do things in plastic surgery. Patients should not choose a surgeon based on the procedure he performs. They should choose a surgeon based on his credentials and his results.
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