When you look into the mirror, do you start to see the creases starting to set in and the jawline beginning to sag? Have you tried pushing up your sideburns to see if this tightens up the face? You may be simulating what a facelift can do for you. Obviously when to consider a facelift depends on many factors and age is just one of them. In fact, good health and the desire to look younger are two of the most important factors.

Before you consider a facelift, you should get a plastic surgery consultation to see what the best approach for you is. Sometimes, this may be a filler, laser treatment or Botox ®. You should also consider the time you set aside for recovery. Since the face is a highly visible area, you definitely want to give yourself enough time. On the other hand, the facelift procedure has been moving toward fewer incisions and less trauma. In fact, very often the small residual bruising can be well hidden with makeup in as short as one week.

Many people dislike their neck: too much fat and/or skin. A facelift can improve this. Other possible improvements are the nasolabial fold and marionette lines. If the neck is not an issue, you may be a candidate for mini facelift, which can often be done in the office under local anesthesia.

Other additional procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and browlift can be done at the same time as the facelift.  Obviously these additional procedures can be done at a separate time, but doing these procedures at the same time will often save the recovery time and total cost.

For more information when you consider a facelift, please read my blog on “How a Facelift is Done” posted recently.