Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Have you started to notice a problem with facial skin sagging, especially around your mouth and jawline?

Does your skin laxity make your aging signs – like wrinkles, fine lines, and facial folds – appear even more pronounced?

If so, you may be a good candidate for a facelift procedure. This popular cosmetic procedure focuses on correcting facial skin sagging, thus improving the look of:

  • Facial folds
  • Deep wrinkles and fine lines
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Under eye bags
  • Sagging eyebrows
  • And more


Facelift surgery can help take years off of a patient’s appearance; what’s more, results can last just as long, with the average deep-plane facelift lasting 10 years or more.

Interested in trying out facelift surgery for yourself? Read on to learn how to tell if you’re a good candidate for a facelift, as well as what to expect from your facelift procedure

Signs You May May be a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery

You have sagging skin around your jawline.

If you have jowls – also known as sagging jawline skin – facelift surgery could be an excellent option for you.

That’s because a facelift – particularly a deep plane lift – can help tighten and firm up skin that is sagging as a result of a breakdown in collagen and elastin (it happens to everyone as we age!).

Therefore, if you feel like you have excess skin around your jawline and your upper neck, you may be a good candidate for facelift surgery.

You have moderate to severe lines and wrinkles.

People with moderate to severe signs of aging – like wrinkles and fine lines – often see great results from their facelift surgery.

That’s because facelift surgery can help smooth out the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, providing a much more firm and youthful visage.

Patients with mild lines and wrinkles may see better results from non-surgical alternatives, such as dermal fillers, non-invasive skin-tightening treatments, and more.

You have drooping eyebrows and eyelids.

Do your eyelids or eyebrows make you look tired and fatigued, even on days where you logged a full eight hours of sleep?

If so, you may see excellent results from facelift surgery. That’s because a facelift procedure that focuses on the mid-to-upper face region can help lift and smooth the brows, as well as help minimize severe eyelid sagging.

Best of all, facelift surgery can be combined with an eyelid lift, ensuring that patients get the most natural results possible in just a single procedure.

You feel self-conscious about your facial appearance.

Finally, one of the biggest signs you might be a good candidate for facelift surgery is that you feel self-conscious about your facial appearance.

Maybe you’re starting to notice more skin sagging, or maybe your facial lines have become more pronounced as the years have gone on. Regardless, facelift surgery can help you regain your self-confidence, thanks to its ability to create a smoother, firmer, and more youthful visage.

Best Candidates for Facelift Surgery

The best candidates for facelift surgery are those individuals who have realistic expectations for their procedure. A cosmetic surgery won’t address all issues, nor will it transform your face, so it’s important to go into your procedure with a realistic outcome in mind.

Additionally, the best candidates for facelift surgery are healthy nonsmokers. If you do smoke, you may be asked to quit smoking for a minimum of four weeks before and after your facelift surgery.

Keep in mind smoking can impact your healing process, as well as make scars look more pronounced. And that’s never a good thing!

Why Facelift Surgery Works

As we get older, the collagen and elastin fibers in our skin start to break down. As these compounds are considered the natural building blocks for healthy, elastic skin, this breakdown creates a loss of skin laxity.

And given that gravity pulls in a downward direction, it’s only a matter of time before it pulls sagging facial skin down around the jawline and neck.

That’s precisely why facelift surgery is so effective. Facelift surgery works to manually correct sagging skin by repositioning sagging facial muscles and removing excess skin that has sagged over the years.

By correcting both sagging facial muscles and skin, facelift surgery helps to immediately correct signs of aging.

When is the Best Time to Get Facelift Surgery?

There’s no one right time to get facelift surgery, as your candidacy will largely be determined by your health, facial aging, and other factors.

However, we tend to see patients ranging from their late 40s to early 70s achieve excellent results from facelift surgery.

Younger patients may do very well with non-surgical treatments before resorting to facelift surgery. These treatments include dermal fillers, non-surgical skin tightening, Botox/Xeomin, and more.

Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

Want to see if you’re a good candidate for a facelift procedure? Schedule your consultation, or by calling Specialty Aesthetic Surgery at (212) 737-8700. We look forward to working with you!

Specialty Aesthetic Surgery serves the greater NYC metro area.

About our Surgeons

Bruce Moskowitz is an experienced and board-certified oculoplastic surgeon. His practice encompasses all areas of oculoplastic cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a well-known reputation for revision surgery, and a large portion of his practice comes from other colleagues to revise sub-optimal outcomes.

Grigoriy Mashkevich is an experienced and double-board certified facial plastic surgeon. He belongs to a highly select group of surgeons with a focused specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and neck.

*Individual results may vary.

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