While the facelift is one of the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures, not everyone qualifies. There are several situations that someone needs to have currently going on in order to qualify for the procedure so it can be both safe and successful.
At New England Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, we make sure to go over all of your treatment options based on your needs. Doctor John Lazor and our medical staff can help customize a treatment plan that is specific to you, so you get the results you want. Contact New England Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center today to schedule your consultation. We can determine if a facelift is right for you.
What Makes a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
- Age: In order to have a facelift, someone needs to show signs of aging skin. Loose skin around the neck, wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, or sagging skin on the face are the issues seen most often. Usually, ages 40-70 are the most ideal.
- Skin Elasticity: Although someone needs to have aging skin in order to undergo this procedure, they also need to still have elasticity within the skin. Usually this is a problem with individuals who have undergone facial surgeries in the past. Since the skin can only be tightened so much, there is a point where it can no longer be altered.
- Health: A patient wanting a successful facelift needs to be in overall good health. A healthy lifestyle effects the skin and can play a large role in the overall success of a procedure.
- Bone Structure: A well-defined bone structure is ideal for facelift procedures. While it is completely necessary, it does help. A strong bone structure offers support for any alterations made during the procedure.
- Expectations: The very best candidates have realistic expectations when it comes to the results of a facelift surgery. One procedure will not transform the skin into a 20-year-old glowing face, but it will refresh and revive a 50-year-old’s softer face.
Reasons Someone Cannot Receive a Facelift
- Stressed Skin: If someone’s skin has lost its flexibility or elasticity, they will not be able to undergo this procedure. Skin that is too far stretched can be damaged and also feel too tight or uncomfortable.
- Too Young: Someone who is 30 and has just discovered their first crow’s feet cannot use a facelift in order to fix the problem. A facelift is used primarily for sagging skin or loose wrinkles and cannot be performed on someone that is too young.
- Smoking: Heavy smokers are not ideal for the procedure due to the general anesthetic that is used. Smokers will be asked to stop for at least two months in order to undergo a general facelift procedure.
- Poor Health: If someone lives an un-healthy lifestyle, their skin is effected just as much as the rest of their body. Someone who struggles with obesity will have a lot of issues after a facelift due to the fact that fat will continue to want to stretch the skin, and it will result in a lot of stress against the areas the procedure was performed on.
A variety of individuals have gone through successful facelift procedures that have refreshed their face and created a brand new confidence. In order to know the best way to start, individuals need only discover what makes the right candidate.