A facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, is a highly individualized procedure designed to help your overall face look its best despite changes that are most often attributed to the aging process. Our surgeon will spend much time with you prior to the surgery to ensure that you understand exactly what is going to happen and to make sure that both of you are on the same page when it comes to your desired results. Your consultation will be detailed because this is such an important process. Our surgeon will need to discuss what you want changed, what your goals are for your face and what concerns you have. However, most importantly, our surgeon will determine whether you are a good candidate for a facelift. Although each case is unique, good candidates tend to have a few things in common.
First, you should be healthy enough to undergo a facelift. Because it is a surgical procedure often done under some type of anesthesia, you should not be on any medications or have any underlying conditions that would make this procedure dangerous. Your skin should be generally healthy without infections or rashes. In addition, you should be taking good care of your body by following a healthy lifestyle and by giving up smoking if you are a smoker. By following these tips, you will set yourself up for a quick and safe recovery.
Sagging Skin in the Lower Face
Physically, the most important concern is the appearance of your skin. To qualify for a facelift, you should have sagging or drooping skin in the lower portions of your face, such as around your lower cheeks, your chin and your jowls. It may appear that skin is hanging from your bones or it may look as if it lacks good tone. If you are struggling with sagging skin in other areas of your face and neck, you may want to ask our surgeon about other procedures that can be added on to the facelift, such as a brow lift or an eye lift.
In addition, you should have generally good skin tone and texture. While your skin will certainly be displaying some signs of aging, it should still be generally elastic and should snap back easily. A facelift performed on healthy, flexible, vibrant skin will look quite natural.
You should also have realistic expectations of what a facelift can and cannot accomplish. Generally speaking, it is designed to address the lower portion of your face. While it may easily erase 10 years from the age of your face, it cannot change your appearance entirely, and results vary from patient to patient.