To most, the face is the most essential part of their identity. But when it doesn’t reflect your personality the way you wish it would, it has the ability to take a toll on your confidence and social life. If you are not happy the worn out, “droopy” look your face has acquired over the years, the face lift procedure can be highly beneficial.
The goal of a facelift is to help the face appear younger and smoother. However, this procedure may not be right for everyone. The best way to find out is by visiting a board certified plastic surgeon. But there are a few factors that can help you determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift. A few of these include:
- Skin elasticity – The elasticity of the skin is extremely important when determining if a patient is eligible for a facelift. The ideal candidate has skin with a significant amount of flexibility. During the facelift procedure, the skin is stretched and pulled up so that it is no longer sagging.
- Loose skin – If you have extra skin on your neck and face, you are the ideal candidate for this procedure. Extra skin will be removed and the face will be tightened to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- Bone structure – A defined bone structure helps to support the alterations the plastic surgeon makes during surgery. Having a good structure helps to produce better results.
- Overall health – This is the most important aspect of this procedure and other cosmetic procedures. It is essential that you are in good overall health before undergoing this procedure. The healthier you are, the faster and smoother the recovery will be.
Although there are many physical factors that are necessary for a facelift, it is also important that you have realistic expectations and a good mindset. Although a facelift has the ability to immensely improve your appearance, it is not meant to make you look like a different person. If you are not yet a good candidate, there may be other options.
While some may think age determines your eligibility, this is not true. Patients anywhere between the ages of 40 and 70 undergo the facelift procedure. This all depends on the factors mentioned above along with your health at the time. Speaking to a board certified plastic surgeon will help you get all the information you need on this procedure.
We offer a free assessment by a Plastic Surgeon who can determine if having a facelift can benefit you.
There is plenty of talk and rumors about different cosmetic procedures, including the Facelift Surgery. But the following are some of the most surprising facts about this procedure:
Fact 1: A facelift has the ability to improve your overall facial appearance in the most natural looking way possible. You no longer have to worry about have the “wind tunnel” look. Specialists today have perfected the art of repositioning the deep structures of the face creating great long-lasting result making patients look 10-15 years younger. A successful facelift tightens and lifts the jaw line, tightens and lifts the loose skin on the neck, and lifts the structures of the face that have fallen or appear “droopy”.
Fact 2: Do not expect all your wrinkles and aging spots to be removed during a facelift procedure. This surgery is meant to improve wrinkles and folds but is not meant to remove them all. There are other types of treatments to improve age spots or wrinkles. Some individuals combine the facelift with other surface repair treatments. Treatments such as botox and fillers can help improve those wrinkles that did not disappear after your facelift surgery.
Fact 3: The facelift is aimed at correcting the lower portion of the face. During this procedure, doctors improve the appearance of the neck, jowls, and jawline. If you also wish to have work done on your eyes, it may be a good idea to combine the facelift with an eyelid or brow lift. Although this may sound a little intimidating, having both surgeries at once is a good way to combine both recoveries into one.
Fact 4: You may have heard advertisements on TV about non surgical facelifts. Don’t be fooled! There is no such thing as a non surgical facelift. A surgical facelift tightens the neck, jawline and smooths the jowls, while the so-called liquid facelift just uses fillers and botox to add volume to the face and reduce wrinkles. These “liquid non-surgical facelifts” do not have the ability to produce the same results as a surgical facelift.
Fact 5: If you are interesting in undergoing a surgical facelift, it is essential that you see an expert who specializes in BOTH the surgical and non-surgical approach of improving and rejuvenating the appearance of the face. While a facelift may be the perfect procedure for one individual, another individual may not need something as intense as a facelift. Sometimes botox and fillers are all you really need. It is important to see a doctor who is experienced in performing both