A facelift, more technically called a rhytidectomy, treats loose, sagging skin in the face and neck. It often treats symptoms that are attached to the normal aging process, such as loss of skin tone, loss of underlying fat and the appearance of jowls. Many patients who undergone facelifts are still very happy with their results over a decade later and feel that they look far more youthful than they once did. The best candidate for a facelift will fall into each of the following categories.
Those Who Are Unhappy with the Results of Less-Invasive Options
Those who have been using topical serums and creams and are still unhappy with the look of their skin may choose a facelift as a permanent option that can provide far more significant results. They may also note far from pleasing results from regular Botox or dermal filler treatments.
Those Who Have Sagging Skin on the Face or Neck
Facelifts are best for those who have sagging skin of the lower face, jowls or neck and who have deep facial folds and wrinkles. If one has sagging skin around the eyes or deep wrinkles in the forehead, a brow lift or forehead lift may be needed instead.
Those Who Have Good Skin Elasticity
The best results are seen on those with flexible, elastic skin. Most facelift candidates are between the ages of 40 and 70 although those older than 70 may still be good candidates depending on their skin tone.
Those Who Are Healthy
Candidates should be medically cleared, should not have certain chronic conditions that may make recovery difficult and should be non-smokers. They should also have reasonable mental outlooks for what a facelift can accomplish.
Those Who Can Follow Post-Operative Instructions Well
Recovery after a facelift is an important period where one must attend follow-up appointments and care for dressings and incisions as prescribed to achieve good healing.