How Does a Facelift Work?
During a facelift, your surgeon makes incisions hidden around your ears and behind your hairline. A facelift removes any excess skin and fat to correct the appearance of sagging skin and fat, especially around the jaw and neck. It also tightens the skin to remove lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. When healed, your scars will become nearly invisible, and you will look dramatically younger and more refreshed. A facelift combines well with other procedures such as a neck or brow lift for complete facial rejuvenation.
What is the Best Age for a Facelift?
The best age for a facelift is different for everyone. Factors that affect when you have a facelift may include:
- Less noticeable results from non-surgical treatments
- Skin laxity that gives the face a sagging appearance
- Significant lines and wrinkles
- Your feelings about your appearance
- Your willingness to undergo surgery and recovery time
- The condition of your skin
- Your aging process
People generally choose a facelift between their 40’s and 70’s. Some people may have a facelift in their 30’s, especially if they feel like they have troubling signs of aging. Keep in mind that you will continue to age after your facelift, so if you have the procedure at a younger age, you may need a second procedure in the future to maintain your youthful appearance.
What are the Benefits of a Facelift?
A facelift offers several benefits that make it worth the cost and recovery time for many people. Benefits of a facelift include:
- Treat multiple signs of aging with one procedure
- Look years younger
- Slow the progression of the aging process on your face
- Results that can last a decade or more
Looking in the mirror and seeing signs of aging can make you feel less confident. A facelift can let you feel like you are seeing your younger, more vibrant self restored. The benefits of a facelift can change your entire attitude and make you feel ready to take on the world.
What Other Procedures Can I Have With a Facelift?
Most other facial procedures work very well with a facelift to help you achieve your desired results. For those concerned about excess fat and loose skin around the neck, a neck lift can treat the area below what a facelift can reach. Your surgeon may recommend a brow lift if you have forehead wrinkles and sagging brows. This addresses the area above what a facelift typically reaches. Many people also have an eyelid lift to restore a bright-eyed, alert appearance.