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Face Lift

The face is delicate, and I must be meticulous with every suture that I put in.
– R. Alsarraf, M.D., M.P.H., P.C.

Cosmetic surgery helps individuals look like a better version of themselves. Most people want it because they don’t look as young as they used to; they would rather not see lines on their faces, brown spots, or wrinkles.

Experts say if you wait until you are 60 to have a facelift, chances are the results will be too dramatic. When it comes to facial cosmetic surgery, most surgeons says that less can often be better. As a matter of fact, a good time to start thinking about freshening up your face is in your fourties and fifties. “If you do it earlier, you can look more natural,” says R. Alsarraf, M.D., M.P.H., P.C., of Newbury Center for Cosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery in Boston. “There will be a more subtle change and it can last for ten to fifteen years.”

There are new techniques for facelifts, mini-facelifts, brow lifts, or forehead lifts. “I often do what I called a deep plane facelift,” he says. “The work is done under the facial skin instead of pulling the skin tighter.” With this procedure, you don’t have to worry about being “pulled too tight.”

Alsarraf limits his practice to facial cosmetic surgery and operates only in hospitals. He recommends that patients ask if their surgeon is affiliated with a hospital — even if the surgery is done in an office.

“The face is delicate, and I must be meticulous with every suture that I put in,” he says. “It is also important to say that not everyone needs surgery. There are many nonsurgical techniques that work just as well, especially for people in their twenties and thirties who want to improve their appearance.”

“If you do it earlier, you can look more natural”
– R. Alsarraf, M.D., M.P.H., P.C.