Am I a suitable candidate for a Facelift?
A facelift lifts up the facial skin and tissues and/or the underlying muscle, to make the face tighter and smoother. People in generally good health who wish to remove signs of ageing can benefit from facelift surgery.
The best candidates for facelifts share certain important traits:
- Skin elasticity – An optimal candidate will have skin that retains some flexibility. This is important because facelifts stretch the facial skin to remove wrinkles. Successful healing with maximum results depends on having skin that is still fairly supple.
- Loose skin on the face or neck – An optimal candidate often wants to remove excess skin from the face or neck, tightening skin and removing wrinkles simultaneously. The surgeon trims the loose skin during the procedure.
- Strong bone structure – An optimal candidate will have a well-defined underlying bone structure to provide support and contribute to satisfying results. Patients with weak features may benefit from facial implants as an alternative or an addition to a facelift.
A facelift is a highly individualised procedure. It may be a good option for you if you have:
- Realistic expectations – An optimal candidate will understand not only what facelifts can accomplish, but also the limitations of facial plastic surgery procedures.
- Good overall health – An optimal candidate will be generally healthy and will inform his or her surgeon of any pre-existing medical conditions well in advance. A facelift is an invasive surgical procedure that requires significant healing and recovery, so it is essential that the patient be physically prepared for surgery.
Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon can help a patient attain the information needed to make the right decision about facelift surgery.
Can men have a facelift?
Yes. Sagging in the cheeks and around the neck and jawline, which contributes to a heavy, congested look is something most men find undesirable. It should be noted that because men possess more blood cells in their face than women there is also a greater possibility that they will experience blood clotting after surgery.
Is there an optimal age for when a facelift can be performed for both men and women?
No. Most patients who undergo a facelift are between the ages of 40 and 70 years old. However, people older than 70 can benefit from the surgery as well.
What is my first step?
Your initial consultation with one of our vastly experienced facelift surgeons should clearly set out your expectations and whether the operation can give you the results you desire.
Your reasons for wanting a facelift and your suitability for this type of procedure will be carefully discussed. Also, your medical history will be taken to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have this operation.
What can I do to help achieve the best results?
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for facelift surgery, including guidelines on:
- Eating and drinking.
- Taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets and certain medications.
How else can I prepare for this procedure?
If you are physically fit when you have this operation, you will recover much more quickly than if you are out of shape.
Find out more
Only through an in-depth discussion with your surgeon will you be able to understand the risks, benefits and expected outcomes of this procedure.
If you would like to find out more about facelift surgery or arrange a consultation, contact us today on 08707 606 555, or by completing our online enquiry form for an immediate response.