What Is Facelift?

Facelift surgery is a procedure used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and other revealing signs of aging that can’t be solved by any other means. After a detailed consultation, a facial plastic surgeon will decide on the procedure wherein he would lift and tighten the underlying muscles of the face to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance and rejuvenate the facial structure. The doctor may also decide to remove excess pockets of fat and skin if they are contributing to an aged and tired appearance.

It is important that the medical practitioner who performs this procedure has an artistic eye and pays attention to detail so that the patient is left with negligible scarring and beautiful, natural-looking results. Other than traditional full facelifts, there are several variations of the procedure to address specific areas of the face. Many surgeons use advanced, minimally invasive techniques to minimize discomfort and downtime. Facelift surgery can be an effective way to improve appearance and boost self-confidence, but it is important to note that not every case is meant for facelift.

What To Expect?

It is imperative that you have realistic expectations and are willing and able to follow the pre- and post-operative instructions provided by the surgeon. Ideal candidates for facelift surgery can only be judged after taking the following factors into consideration:

  • Skin elasticity: It is important that for a good facelift, the patient still has some natural suppleness and flexibility. Successful healing with optimal results depends on having skin that is able to conform to its new, improved contours.
  • Strong bone structure: Ideally, a facelift candidate should have a well-defined underlying bone structure to provide support and bring about satisfying results.
  • Realistic expectations: It is important that the patient understands that there are limitations of facial plastic surgery procedures and sets realistic goals for self.
  • Good overall health: Your doctor needs to know of any pre-existing medical conditions well in advance since this is an invasive procedure that requires significant healing and recovery.