Are you a good candidate for a facelift?
Typically, men become candidates for a facelift in their 40’s and 50’s. The aging process varies from person to person and being ready for a facelift depends not only on genetics but also on environmental factors like sun exposure, smoking, and skin care. So, if you are mindful of your skin, you can help ward off some of the effects of aging. Unfortunately, we can’t do anything about genetics (yet), but what we CAN control are the environmental factors. That being said, take care of your skin!If you see the following changes in your face, you may be a candidate for a facelift:
Droopy or saggy eyebrowsExcess skin or bags in your upper or lower eyelids, giving a tired lookFlattening of your cheekbones (not as full and round as they used to be)Deep creases or smile lines (that look like parentheses around your mouth)JowlsExtra or loose skin of your jawline and neck.
What does a facelift improve?
A facelift, which can be performed in combination with eyelid surgery, can improve the following areas:
Removes ‘bags’ or excess skin/fat in upper or lower eyelids (blepharoplasty)Restores youthful, round appearance of cheekbonesSmoothes out wrinkles and re-drapes excess skin in cheeks and lower faceImproves smile lines (parentheses) around the mouthImproves jowls, restoring a well-defined jawlineRe-drapes and smoothes out neck skin, greatly improving the contour of one’s neck
Can Wrinkle Relaxers or injectables/fillers replace a facelift?
Injectables, otherwise referred to as fillers (such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra), and Wrinkle Relaxers are great tools that we often use to rejuvenate the face. They are VERY effective alone or in combination with a facelift. However, if someone has a lot of excess facial or neck skin, there is no amount of Wrinkle Relaxers or filler that will improve one’s face and neck contour as nicely as a facelift. So, we often use fillers and Wrinkle Relaxers to prevent or improve signs of aging until a certain point is reached, when one becomes a good candidate for a facelift.