Would you like to refresh your face with a facelift, but you’re not sure if it’s the right procedure for you? A facelift can certainly reduce signs of aging and make you look more youthful. But it’s important to understand your options, and visit a plastic surgeon to find out if you are a good candidate for a facelift.
What does a facelift do?
A facelift (rhytidectomy) restores a youthful appearance to the face. It repositions sagging skin and muscle and addresses sagging in the lower eyelid area. It also smooths nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the nose and mouth, and refines jowls. Facelift surgery involves the removal of excess skin as well as fat in the lower jaw and neck.
Are you a candidate for a facelift?
Facelifts are popular among both men and women, looking to erase signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Most candidates are over the age of 40.
Candidates for facelift surgery should have significant skin laxity on the face and neck. Facelift surgery trims away excess skin and tightens the skin, and this helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Facelift candidates should also have good skin elasticity and a strong bone structure. When the skin is fairly supple and flexible it heals better, and optimal results can be achieved. Having good bone structure enhances results, because it provides the necessary support the skin needs.
Candidates should also be in good physical health. Smokers are not good candidates for facelift surgery, as smoking puts them at risk when undergoing anesthesia, and can also delay the healing process.
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