A facelift is one of many cosmetic solutions designed to give your face a more youthful appearance. As a surgical procedure, it involves a larger commitment than other skin rejuvenation treatments. However, it also yields more enduring results. If signs of aging have begun to appear on your face, it may be time to consider a facelift.
What a Facelift Can Treat
Much like the name implies, a facelift lifts loose facial tissues that have fallen prey to the effects of gravity. A facelift also tightens your underlying muscles for enhanced facial contours, giving you a brighter, younger look.
While non-surgical wrinkle treatments target finer lines, a facelift is the only solution for deeper facial creases. It can also help with:
- Fold lines along your nose and corners of your mouth
- Jowls on your cheeks and jawline
- Loss of facial muscle tone
- Sagging or loose facial skin
- Fallen or sunken facial fat
- Hollow areas on your face
- The appearance of a double chin or “turkey neck”
If you have one or more of these concerns, a facelift is probably a good option for you. This is especially true if you’ve tried BOTOX® Cosmetic or another injectable with little success.
Non-physical signs that it may be time for a facelift include looking tired, angry or sad even when you aren’t. Low self-esteem and a lack of confidence can also be improved with the procedure.
Facelift Surgery & Your Age
While there’s no age requirement for a facelift, patients are typically 40 and older. In 2017, the majority of facelift patients were 55 and older.
The younger you are when you get a facelift, the more elastic your skin will likely be. This will help you achieve the best results possible. Many of our patients say they wish they’d had a facelift sooner because it took years off their appearance.
Ultimately, though, it’s not about age. It’s about how signs of aging have manifested on your face. During your initial consultation, our plastic surgeons will determine whether a facelift or a different treatment would be best for you.
Surgery isn’t for everyone. Ideal facelift candidates should be in good general health and free from infection or illness. In addition, they should have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do.
If you’d like to address signs of aging in other areas, such as your eyes, a combination of facial procedures may be better suited to your needs.
Timing Your Surgery
Beyond your age, you should consider what time in your life is best for the surgery and recovery period. Children, work and other responsibilities can impact your ability to rest and heal. It’s important that you’re able to set aside:
- A full day for surgery and travel time to and from our office
- Five to seven days to rest with minimal activity
- Two weeks away from more moderate activities
- Four to six weeks away from strenuous activities
You will also need to avoid frequent or prolonged sun exposure for several months so your incision scars can fade.
Schedule a Consultation in Lexington, KY
To know for sure if it’s time for a facelift, call (859) 276-3883 and schedule a consultation at our office. The Plastic Surgeons of Lexington serves patients in Frankfort, Georgetown, Nicholasville and other Lexington-area communities.